vegan spinach artichoke dip

I LOVE spinach artichoke dip! Who doesn’t?

However, since I was diagnosed with lactose intolerance in my mid-20s, I had to cut out a lot of the foods I used to love.

Changing my diet wasn’t easy, but I refused to let myself feel deprived.

Challenges always present you with an opportunity for growth, but taking it is a choice.

With anything in life, we can sit feeling bad about what’s happening, or claim our power and see how we can turn the tables and transform our obstacles into gifts.

For me, lactose intolerance was a blessing. It allowed me the pathway to finally feel better mentally, physically and emotionally and also compelled me to get so much more creative with cooking so I could still eat the foods I loved without feeling deprived – like this Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip and Vegan Dark Chocolate Mousse!

vegan spinach artichoke dip

I don’t believe that diets or giving up what you enjoy are necessary for living a healthy and happy life.

You just have to ask yourself, “HOW can I create the life I want” instead of “WHY can’t I have it.”

That being said, one of the most powerful healing practices is to look back on your challenges and instead of thinking about all the “I should have’s” and “what if’s,” express gratitude for them.

If you never had those challenge, so many of the amazing things you have in your life now wouldn’t be there.

“Thank you pain. Thank you jerks. Thank you breakups. Thank you discomfort. Thank you sadness. 

Thank you for pushing me to realize who I truly am and what I am truly capable of.”

What a perfect time for us to release ourselves from the negativity of the past. I’d love to hear from you. Let’s share and bring each other’s vibrations up so we can all experience more of the good stuff!

What challenges are you most thankful for? Share your comments below!

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

2 Tbsp organic ghee or coconut oil
½ onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp gluten free all purpose flour
1 Tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
juice from 1 lemon
3 Tbsp nutritional yeast pinch of nutmeg sea salt and pepper
1 10oz package of frozen spinach
2 6 oz jars of artichoke hearts

1. Thaw spinach and squeeze very dry. Drain and rinse artichoke hearts and roughly chop.
2. Heat oils in a pot over medium heat. Add in onions. Cook for about 5-7 minutes until onions begin to turn translucent.
3. Add in garlic. Cook for another minute.
4. Add in flour and cornstarch and stir until a thick paste forms.
5. Add in almond milk, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, a little sea salt and pepper and pinch of nutmeg. Lower heat and whisk to combine.
6. Allow sauce to begin to thicken about 1-2 minutes. Then add spinach and artichoke hearts. Stir to combine. Turn off heat.
7. Using and immersion hand blender, blend mixture until a bit pureed but still a little chunky. You can use a food processor for this step as well.
8. Taste and season with more sea salt and pepper if needed.

Serve with crackers or raw veggies or on top of steamed or roasted veggies. Would be delicious blended with a little pasta water or vegetable broth for a pasta sauce.


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In my last blogpost, I talked about how to embrace change with courage. If you didn’t get a chance to read that one, you can read it here.

Today I want to talk about what to do next…it’s The Art of Moving On.

Change is never easy. Whether it’s self-imposed or something unpredictable that happens in your life.

We naturally want to feel safe and secure and to our Ego, change is the exact opposite of that, because there is so much instability and unpredictability.

However, once you embrace the change, then what?

How do you move on from all that you’re leaving behind – a relationship, a city, a job, a home, a loved one – so that you can continue stronger, more inspired and better than before?

Today, I want to share some powerful ways you can do just that:

The Art of Moving On:

1. Remember all of it (good + bad)
We often think when we move on, it’s best to forget the past. However, there is great wisdom in the past. We remember it for a reason. In order to feel empowered by your past, instead of defeated, look for the lessons you learned from what happened, that you otherwise would not have. I used to hate when people would tell me, “Everything happens for a reason,” but it truly does. Even if it’s something tiny that you can take away, it still creates a ripple effect for the rest of your life.


2. Express gratitude for the good and the bad
Once you discover the lessons, express gratitude. Gratitude is one of the highest vibrations out there. Instead of staying angry and living in shame, guilt and regret. Look back on the mistakes (which are really just mis – takes), look back on the jerks, the bad choices and thank them. Thank them for showing you the darkness you needed to see so you could finally find your way to the light. Thank them for supporting you in the way they had to bring you to where you are now.

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embracing change

If you’re reading this, I bet you’ve been experiencing some major shifts in your life now.

This time of year is a time of endings and beginnings, internally and externally, physically and spiritually.

I’ll be honest, I’m no expert in terms of the cosmos or astrology but I do follow quite a few of them and I can vouch for this pivotal time in not only my life, but the lives of most of the people I know.

I just ended one of the longest chapters in my life. I moved out of my apartment of 9 years and my city of 14 years.

My beautiful one-bedroom apartment was always a place I was able to come back to no matter what else was changing in my life.

It was that one constant and always felt like a warm hug when I needed to escape it all.

Just a few weeks ago, I remember sitting in my half empty apartment, days away from embarking on a whole new chapter in my life and experiencing a flood of emotions.

I pretty much assumed they were coming, although I hoped I could bypass them and just exit unscathed.

I remember washing my dishes and literally feeling like I was going through another breakup.

I felt tears well up in my eyes, that uncomfortable, yet unavoidable feeling in my gut and this anxious feeling that I didn’t know what to do with.

I think this is why we tend to stay in the comfort zone so often and try to prevent change from happening…

Because endings are always uncomfortable and often bring up uncomfortable feelings that we haven’t felt in a while, or ever.

In fact, change can be down right terrifying because it opens a whole box of the unknown.

It can feel like you’re walking on thin ice, not sure which step could send you plummeting into that painful ice cold water – so better avoid change, keep both feet planted and just stay where things are safe.

Well, that’s exactly what I did for my entire life.

I avoided change like the plague. I was too afraid to break the status quo or shake things up, because of my fear of failure (which most of us are taught to avoid at all costs.)

I was too damn scared to listen to my intuition and desires and instead gave into my fears over and over again.

I stayed in unhealthy relationships way too long. I stayed in jobs that were sucking the life out of me way too long. I stayed in a city that wasn’t exciting me anymore…way…too…long.

All because I didn’t have the courage to leap.

Because I was focusing more on everything that could go wrong and all the rules I was breaking, instead of all the incredible things that were most likely waiting for me on the other side.

For the past 3 years, I’ve been slowly taking off the training wheels and learning to believe in my potential, desires and faith that everything will work out for my highest good. Continue reading