Ridiculously Good English Muffin Pizzas – Vegan and Gluten Free!


Friends–I’ve got a new recipe! These little pies are as delicious as they are adorable! They are also much better for you than your typical, run of the mill, cholesterol laden pizza. Get ready–It’s pizza party time, my friends.

Yo, Check it – You’re Gonna Need:


  • Food For Life Gluten Free English Muffins
  • Classico Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce
  • Follow Your Heart – Vegan Gourmet Mozzarella Shreds
  • Your favorite veggie pizza toppings (I chose banana peppers, fresh garlic, and red onion, but use whichever toppings make your heart happy)

Here’s How It’s Done, Folks:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Thaw and slice English muffins
  • Toast English muffins in the oven until warm and slightly crispy
  • Remove ‘em from the oven, spread the sauce, and throw some dairy free cheese and toppings on those bad boys
  • Throw ‘em back in the oven and broil for 3-5 minutes
  • Check ‘em and make sure they look all gooey and good like pizza should
  • Eat ‘em all and pizza party your face off!


Let me know how you like the recipe my loves! These baby pizzas got me so excited that I decided to write a heartfelt poem about them. I’d like to share it with you. *Ahem*
English muffin pizzas are super legit
They ain’t the kinda pizza that makes you feel like s***
Vegan, gluten and cholesterol free
Magic muffin pizzas for you and me!

Enjoy your pizza kids. We’ll talk soon.

All my Love,
Lil Miss Wellness

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Local Spotlight – Daily Press Juicery and Cafe

This local spotlight features an adorable organic juicery nestled in the Gordon Square Arts District in Cleveland, OH – DAILY PRESS JUICERY AND CAFE

Miles Henri happily greeting the juicery guests

Daily Press is colorful and eclectic. Large picturesque windows overlook Detroit Avenue. Beams of sunlight pour in, and create a natural warmth.  The brightly colored furniture invites the visitor to relax and stay a while. Simply hanging out in this magical juicery is enough to lift your spirits.  Then there’s the juices that will send you soaring into bliss.

My first visit was lovely. Upon entry,  I was greeted by Miles Henri-  a super cute, sophisticated min pin. He hangs out at Daily Press while his mama (the juicery owner), Jodi Rae is busy slinging health drinks. Sweet little Miles loves to watch you enjoy your healthy snacks. He secretly hopes that you’ll  accidentally drop something onto the floor (But you won’t because its so good that you’ll be ravenously devouring it like I did).

With so many tempting choices I ended up getting two juices during one visit!  I started out with  Kaleing me Softly. Jodi has the best names for her juices. 🙂 This nutritional powerhouse is packed with kale, parsley, cucumber, celery, pineapple, ginger, and lemon. It was quite refreshing and delicious.  To kick my kale consumption up a notch, I enjoyed my juice with a bag of chipotle kale chips.                – Savory and crunchy with a cheesy taste –

Daily Press owner and Juice Master, Jodi Rae
Daily Press Owner and Juice Master, Jodi Rae – Photo Credit: Angelo Merindino

After I devoured my tasty kale treats, I couldn’t help but ask Jodi about this chocolate milky looking beverage that I’d been eyeing. She said it’s one of her favorites. She calls it Dark Chocolate. Its made with raw cacao, gogi berries, and coconut milk. Sold! I bought it immediately. Oh my…. My inclination was right. It tastes just like chocolate milk, only better! Creamier, with a richer chocolate taste….and oh so much better for us. Instead of drinking dairy laced with antibiotics, hormones, and  refined sugary syrup crap, I sipped on natures finest super-foods loaded with beautifying vitamins and antioxidants. I felt like a queen sipping on this fine beverage.  Dark Chocolate is the new love of my life.

The Juice Cooler that holds all the magic


Next juices on my list to try:

Water You Doing – Watermelon and mint

Turm Down For What? – Carrot, Coconut Milk, Turmeric Ginger

Citrus Elixer – Grapefruit, Organge, Pineapple, and Cayenne

DP juices are cold pressed and organic. They are made with local ingredients when possible. It gets even better. There’s a bottle back rewards program. Jodi is environmentally conscious. 🙂 Instead of using planet destroying plastic, she serves the juices in reusable glass bottles. You can return your bottle for a $1.00 refund or $1.00 off of your next juice!

Daily Press is a full service cafe featuring smoothies, soups, sandwiches, salads, and more. Check out the full menu here. You’ll find lots of locally made Cleveland goodies too. Can’t wait to try out some of the other menu items.

Miles Henri supervising the customers to make sure everyone is getting their daily dose of vitamins


I love Daily Press so much that I felt compelled to write a poem about it. (We both know you missed my poetry). This ones more of a rap song. So when you read it make sure to rap it out y’all.

A hem ..


Daily Press Juice makes ya feel real good

Its over in that Gordon Square Arts District Hood’

Organic and local, even cold pressed

Daaaaang Jodi Rae, I’m impressed

 Now make your way over to visit Jodi and Miles. Tell them Lil Miss Wellness sent you, and let me know which juice is your favorite in the comment section.

Looking for Health Food in Canada? Rawlicious is Where it is At!

Passing through Toronto on my way back to the US after my trip to Scotland, I stumbled upon a fantastic health food restaurant called Rawlicious. The name is quite fitting – raw, vegan health food that is in every sense of the word delicious. I discovered they have 10 locations throughout Canada!


Raw food you ask?! Don’t be alarmed. Raw foods cuisine might be a new term for some, so I’ll provide a brief overview: The principal behind raw cuisine is preparing the foods at temperatures below 118 degrees in order to preserve beneficial vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that are often destroyed by heat with typical cooking methods like boiling, baking, and frying.

Raw cuisine involves fancy tools like dehydrators, juicers, blenders and vegetable peelers to transform whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouts, into smoothies, juices, pizza, salads, nut cheeses, crackers, wraps, cookies, cakes, etc. It’s quite impressive. If you haven’t tried raw foods cuisine yet, I highly recommend you do so ASAP. If you aren’t near Canada, have no fear. I’ve got recommendations for lots of cities. Let me know if you need some suggestions for your hometown. My favorite places to score raw food in Cleveland, Ohio (where I currently dwell) are Anna in the Raw and Root Cafe (Every Thursday, Root has a special raw foods menu). If you find yourself in Canada, RAWLICIOUS IS WHERE IT IS AT , MY FRIEND! For the full menu and a list of locations, visit their website at Rawlicious.ca


Its not easy to find a raw foods restaurant as they are few and far between. I was delighted when Rawlicious came up in my yelp search. I visited the Bloor Street location. The atmosphere makes for a relaxing dining experience. Local art fills the colorful walls. The seats are large and cozy. The staff was all very friendly and helpful at suggesting popular menu items


I started with the Tropical Green Smoothie and my pal had the Watermelon Slushy. Both drinks were refreshing, and rawlicious! For an appetizer we shared the Herb and Onion Flat Bread. The raw version of pizza, it was satisfyingly savory and filling. That didn’t stop us from proceeding to order the quesadilla. Filled with cashew cheddar cheese, avocado, and tomato, it is absolutely divine. It was by far, one of the best vegan cheeses I’ve ever had. Take it from the girl who has been meat and dairy free for 11 years. Some vegan cheeses taste like glue, but this cheese tastes like heaven. No joke, we both loved the quesadilla so much that we ordered a second one, and happily devoured every bite.

Of course we wanted to get the full Rawlicious experience so we followed up with 3 desserts! Oops… Raw vegan pig out mode. No guilt here though. Everything we ate was packed full of nutrition.

ice-creamFor our happy ending, we enjoyed the Brownie with coconut vanilla icing, Key Lime Pie and Salty Caramel Ice Cream made with coconut milk. I’m a foodie who loves to travel the world and check out different restaurants. Today, Rawlicious instantly became one of my favorites. My only hope is that they open one up in Cleveland, Ohio! Until they do …. road trip to Canada anyone?

Next time you are in Canada, check if there is a Rawlicious location near by and get your grub on!   Tell them Lil Miss Wellness sent you.

All My Love,


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Beauty Snacks for When Hunger Attacks – Smashed Avocado Surprise

Hi there. Hope you’re feeling lovely. I want to share this quick, easy recipe that always satisfies my hunger.

It’s comforting, delicious, and nutritious.

Smashed Avocado Surprise:

You’ll need:

1 Ripe Avocado

Sea Salt

Fresh ground pepper

Fresh cilantro

Lime or lemon (if you wish)

1 Jalapeno (if you like a lil kick)

1 Tomato (optional)

Assorted Fresh Veggies (LMW favorites: carrots,yellow, orange and red bell peppers, zucchini, cucumber)


Slice: avocado in half and remove the pit

Turn: both halves face down on a large plate.

Squeeze: avocado meat onto the plate from each half.

Scrape and Smash:  Scrape out the last of the green goodness and smash into a dip consistency (a fork works best)

Add:  sea salt, pepper, fresh garlic, fresh cilantro, fresh squeezed lemon or lime and diced tomatoes (optional)

Scrape: dip into a pile on the center of the plate

Chop:  fresh veggies into thick chunks and place them around the smashed avocado (I like to cut carrots into chips and steam them)

BAM! You’ve got yourself a Smashed Avocado Surprise. Enjoy.

Why it’s a Beauty Snack: 

Avocados are loaded with beautifying vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  They are high in oleic acid, a monounsaturated, omega-9  fatty acid that helps maintain moisture in the epidermal layer of the skin. Oleic acid regenerates damaged skin cells and reduces inflammation.  Avocados are also a prime source of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) which enables our bodies to utilize the nutrients in the foods we eat.  They are high in fiber which balances blood sugar and supports healthy digestion. Avo’s are an excellent source of potassium, an electrolyte that helps maintain hydration levels, causing our skin to look vibrant, plump and youthful. (yay!)  Potassium is essential for the health of our heart, nervous system, and musculoskeletal system.  There you have it. Smashed Avocado Surprise can be your favorite new Beauty Snack for when Hunger Attacks! 

Love Always,

Lil Miss Wellness

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The Lil Miss Wellness Warrior Shake – 32 Grams of Protein!

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Hey friends. It’s been way too long. I missed your faces.  I thought I’d share with you a delicious and nutritious wellness shake that I have created to help us to feel like the wellness warriors that we are. I call it..

…  Ahem

The LiL Miss Wellness Warrior Shake – It’s loaded with protein, iron, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omega threes to make us feel on top of the trees. (I know you missed my poetry).

You will need:

1 Scoop – of Sun Warrior’s – Warrior Blend Raw Vanilla Protein

1/2 – Ripe Banana

1 TBSP– Raw Organic Chia Seeds

3 TBSP– Raw Organic Hemp Seeds

Some – Purified water and a few ice cubes (Adjust amount to desired consistency)

A Blender

This shake is super easy and quick to make. I throw it together in less than 5 minutes for a quick on the go snack! If you don’t have time to mess with the blender – just skip the banana, mix together the protein, seeds, and water in a glass and drink up



1. Toss all ingredients in a blender

2. Blend it, you Warrior you.  Blend it!

3. Drink it, Warrior. Drink it!

4. Embrace your Wellness Warriorness, all happy and giddy like knowing that you just consumed an all natural, organic, raw, vegan, high protein, high omega 3,  Lil Miss Wellness Warrior Shake

Audrey, my Wellness Assistant
Audrey, The Wellness Assistant

Audrey, The Wellness Assistant has done a few calculations, and has determined that The Lil Miss Wellness Warrior Shake contains 32 grams of Protein (Complete Amino Acid Profile) and 60% DV of Iron.

I have included nutrition labels below for more information on the ridiculously amazing nutrients this shake has to offer

Warrior Blend Protein

Chia Seeds

Hemp Seeds 

I buy my seeds in bulk from a local health food store.  I get my protein on Amazon.com (Free 2 day shipping with my prime membership).

Let me know what you guys think of the shake!

Cheers to your Warrior Health!


Lil Miss Wellness

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Why She Eats Plants

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Hi there. As promised in my last post,  I’ll explain why ten years ago,  I decided to follow a plant based diet:

So how did I stumble upon this new vegan diet thing?  Before going vegan,  I had experienced a series of events that sent me into a depression.  As a result of my depression,  I had gained 30 pounds and I was feeling extremely self conscious about it.  I was embarrassed to go out with friends because I worried about how they would react to my weight gain.  I didn’t feel like Jenna anymore. I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin.  I was desperate for a solution. Continue reading “Why She Eats Plants”