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Prepparing for the Challenge

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

We begin the 30 WHOLE Days Challenge... tomorrow! More than 100 people have signed up and together we'll spend the month of May eating only whole, unprocessed foods. I'll be chronically my adventure right here on Happy Herbivore with weekly wrap-up posts, but you can read daily recaps on Hey, Lindsay! I'll also be posting recipes as I go along. (I've got some good ones for you!)


Preparing this Challenge has been interesting. I woke up on Monday wondering if I should fall off the wagon and eat processed foods with abandon this week or try to eat a more whole diet to help adjust. I settled on a hybrid between the two. I gave up bread, but ate an entire bag of Dandies. Awesome.

I think for me, the biggest 'challenge,' will be avoiding temptation. During the challenge I'll still be taking photos for my upcoming cookbookand since Scott is not doing the challenge with me, many tasty off-limits foods will be lurking in the kitchen. It will surely be a test of my will powder, thank god I got rid of all those Dandies.

I also have a lot of questions coming into this Challenge: Will I lose weight? Will I have more energy? Is this style of eating realistic for my lifestyle? Will I spend more or less on groceries? Will I have less household waste and recyclbables? Will my digestive system hum along more smoothly or will the increased fiber be... less fun? How will I deal with social situations... like the party I'm going to on Saturday or the business dinner later this month? 

Still, all the questions, excitement (and nerves!) aside, I'm really looking forward to this challenge... and most importantly, getting to share it with all my fellow participants. Here is a list of blogs participating and you can follow participants on this twitter list, too. 

Participating Blogs: 


Let's do it!


Fat-Free Vegan Single-Serving Cupcake

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

Opps! I did it again... After making a single-serving brownie, a single-serving muffin and a single-serving blueberry crisp I knew it was time to attempt a single-serving cupcake... a skinny cupcake! This vegan cupcake is whole wheat, fat-free and totally guilt-less... 

...and since the recipes only yields 1 (1!) there is no temptation to eat the whole batch!

When I made my cupcake, I added strawberry fruit preserves to the cupcake and then on top for the icing. If you don't want to use jam, substitute unsweetened applesauce and mix a little powdered sugar with non-dairy milk to make a thick paste for a fat-free icing.

Recipe:Single-Serving Cupcake


A sweet, skinny cupcake for 1! Unsweetened applesauce may be substituted for the jam in the cupcake. 



Preheat toaster oven to 350 F (conventional oven 325 F). Use a foil baking cup or grease a muffin tin. In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and sugar together and whisk until combined. Add vanilla extract and non-dairy milk, and stir until just combined. If too dry, add a few drops of water. Transfer to cup and bake 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Smear jam over top or mix powdered sugar with a bit of non-dairy milk until it forms a thick, icing paste. 

Please Vote for HH's Intern

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

Allow me to introduce you to Nick, HH's intern. Without Nick you wouldn't have nutritional information for the recipes and my blog posts would be filled with typos and technical errors worse than they already are.

Anyway, Nick is competing in Peta's annual "Cutest Vegetarian Alive" contest. Nick came in second place last year and it was through this contest that we met and became good friends. In fact, Nick is flying all the way to New York City today to hang out with me for a few days. (Little does he know I will be feeding him test recipes and making him help me with cookbook photos.... muahahaha).

If you have a free minute, Nick & I would appreciate it if you click here and vote for him! Thanks <3