Cheesecake (vegan & GF) Everday seems to be a Food Holiday.  This month alone, we've had Vanilla Ice Cream Day, Bagelfest Day, Milk Chocolate Day and even Hot Dog Day to name a few.  But did you know that today is National Cheesecake Day? Rich & creamy cake made with several big blocks of sweetened cream cheese, baked on a buttery graham cracker crust  and topped with whip cream. Oh my!   Then consider all the flavors that can be blended in this creamy goodness and the toppings you can add to it,,, its a dessert with endless possibilities.

Avo Open Faced SandwichOne would think that our home is constantly full of sweet treats from the posts I share. And although that is partially correct, the other 3/4 of our day is filled with amazing fruits and veggies, beans and legumes.  So, for the sake of showing that we do actually eat healthy (I mean, I am a Health Coach after all), I wanted to share some of my "go-to" avocado sandwiches.       The first is SUPER easy and a lower carb option. 

Mango Berry Guac

One of my absolute favorite fruits would be an Avocado!  First and foremost, I enjoy the taste of them, especially when they are ripe. There is this subtle, buttery taste and texture that blends so well with whatever it is paired with. Then there's the health benefits!  Avocado's have moderate to high doses of vitamins such as potassium, B, C, E, & K as well as being high in the necessary fats our bodies need to function.  Being vegan and having to avoid nuts due to food allergies in the home,  I appreciate being able to get these fats from sources other than animals or allergens.  And on top of that, this alligator pear is quite versitile     

Did you notice that I called an avocado a fruit? No wonder I like it so much!  It is actually part of the berry family and once you see it as a fruit, it opens up a whole new world for creativity in the kitchen. You have options for sweet and spicy, from adding avocados into fruit smoothies, blending it with cacao to make pudding, mixing into salads, topping it on breakfast hash or any type of sandwich, or just eating it plain with a dash of salt and pepper. The possibilities are numerous.  I especially enjoy avocados in the form of guacamole.  I think I could really just live on a big bowl of "GUAC". 

Asian Slaw1Growing up, I was never really introduced to different types of foods. There was your typical "American" food (although I grew up in Canada) like bbq, meat and potatoes, pizza and some pasta and then my mom's side of the family gave us some "Polish" foods like pierogi's, kielbosa and klotski's. Anything beyond that, at least that I can remember, came much later, after we moved to the States. For example, the only Asian food I ever really had was the kind that was picked up in cute little red and white boxes from your average Chinese restaurant. That was until I met and married my husband who is half Korean.