Cristina Cavanaugh

Superfood Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding

Superfood Chocolate Pudding by Christina Cavanaugh from Begin Within Nutrition

Two of my favorite superfoods, sweet potatoes and raw cacao, are whipped together to make a delicious treat! This one passed by all my testers, young and old! Not only does this scrumptious dessert satisfy a sweet tooth, it will leave your skin glowing!  Both sweet potatoes and raw cacao are two of the best foods you can consume for radiant skin! Recipe and photos contributed by Cristina Cavanaugh, from Begin Within Nutrition. 

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Mom’s Meatless Meatballs

Mum Mums Vegan Meatballs by Christina Cavanaugh from Begin Within Nutrition

My mom created the most delicious vegan meatballs! I almost spit out the first bite I took because I thought she was playing a horribly mean joke on me, they tasted so meaty! The original recipe uses eggs and parmesan cheese. To veganize the recipe we used a “chia egg” instead and omitted the cheese. To make them gluten-free, use gluten-free breadcrumbs and gluten-free pasta.  You can use store-bought marinara sauce or make your own. This recipe is a bit involved, as you need to prepare the ingredients and let them sit over night.  It’s worth the wait…trust meRecipe and photos contributed by Cristina Cavanaugh, from Begin Within Nutrition. 

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Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Lime Tahini Sauce

Stuffed Sweet Potato with Black Beans and Avocado from Christina Cavanaugh

Loaded with cumin-scented black beans, fresh sprouts, avocado and topped with a chipotle lime tahini sauce, this is a Meatless Monday (or any day) meal that’s packed with flavor and nourishing ingredients. Recipe and photos contributed by Cristina Cavanaugh, from Begin Within Nutrition.  more→

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Brown Rice Crispy Treats

Vegan brown rice crispy treats recipe

My healthier recreation of rice crispy treats brought back childhood memories, without the sugar rush. Chia seeds and sesame seeds were added for an extra boost of nutrients. The cacao drizzle is totally optional, but highly recommended! This might be a bold statement, but these are my favorite sweet creation thus far! Recipe and photos contributed by Cristina Cavanaugh, from Begin Within Nutrition.  more→

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Creamy Pineapple Crush

Frozen vegan pineapple crush

Need a little treat? Pineapple ice cream with a dusting of shredded coconut and cacao nibs satisfies any sweet tooth…without the fat and processed sugar! Three basic ingredients, all pure foods, whipped up into a creamy frozen dessert that couldn’t be easier to make. Recipe and photo  contributed by Cristina Cavanaugh, from Begin Within Nutrition.
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Chia Breakfast Bowl

Chia seed breakfast pudding

This breakfast bowl featuring chia seeds is just as easy as to make as pouring a bowl of cereal, more nutritious and tastes even better! It takes two minutes to mix all the ingredients together, place in an air-tight container and refrigerate overnight. Wake up and breakfast is ready. You can also portion out into smaller containers for a great grab and go breakfast on the run.  more→

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Garlicky Greens Pasta with Gomasio

Garlic Greens and Pasta

Garlicky pasta is embellished with heaps of nutrients from greens and gomasio. Gomasio is a condiment used in Japanese cuisine as well as a staple of the macrobiotic diet. It has an earthy, toasty, salty flavor and can be used on almost anything…pasta, rice, popcorn or salads. However, it is more than just added flavor, it provides a plethora of trace minerals essential for health, including thyroid function.  You can even consider gomasio a “remineralizing seasoning.” Recipe and photos contributed by Cristina Cavanaugh, from BeginWithin Nutrition. more→

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Mint Chip Ice Cream

This frozen dessert is so delicious you will never know it’s made from bananas and avocados. Avocados power up the nutrition in this dessert and gives it that beautiful green hue. Add a few drops of mint extract, chocolate chips and voila…Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! Recipe and photos contributed from Cristina Cavanaugh of BeginWithin Nutrition.

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