Aylin Ayse

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5 Inspirational Books for 2014


It’s already close to the middle of 2014 and you’re in need of some mid-year inspiration. Here are 5 inspirational books that will give you the extra nudge you need to boost your mood and your outlook. Enjoy!

Vegan Carrot Cake Recipe with Coconut-Fig Frosting


Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes to enjoy. It is light, packed with veggies, and absolutely spring perfect. However, carrot cake recipes can often overload on the sugar, defeating the purpose of honoring the sweetness of carrots to begin with. This carrot cake recipe takes out all the offenders, including eggs and dairy, and leaves you with a vegan, light carrot cake recipe that you’ll drool over!

Spring Vegan Carrot Cake Recipe

Serves 6-8

For the cake:

  • 3 1/2 cups homemade oat flour
  • 3-4 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
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Spring Pea Salad Recipe with Feta and Pistachio


This apring, all focus is on lighter foods, even around a holiday table. Green peas are a great way to get your vegan protein without loading up on hard-to-digest meat, or even tofu. This pea salad recipe combines peas with a light but delicious vinaigrette as well as some spices, herbs, and cheese. Enjoy!

Now, when it comes to salads, you can go in any direction by substituting in other ingredients that fit your taste preferences. For example, instead of feta cheese, why not use soft goat cheese or cheddar …

No-Added-Sugar Charoset Recipe for the Passover Seder Table


A traditional Passover Seder plate always includes a charoset recipe. 

Charoset comes in many different variations, but is based in apples, dried fruit, nuts and sometimes (and whole-heartedly welcomed) wine. It’s a delicious and hearty way to fill up without going overboard. Many charoset recipes call for sugar, but rest assured that the following charoset recipe does not!

You can mince, dice, chop or grate the apples to reach the consistency you want and can keep the mixture less rough by pureeing all the ingredients together so that they reach a …

5 Eco-Friendly Beach Vacations Off the Beaten Path


These days, it seems that the former best of beaches have turned into polluted landscapes. Public beaches often fall victim to this curse. However, there are beaches that are well-maintained and protected whilst offering sanctuary to wildlife and beach-goers alike. The following 5 eco-friendly beach vacations are as beautiful as they are difficult to reach.

7 Rules to Eating Kosher Foods


Even if you don’t practice Judaism or Jewish at all, you’ve most certainly encountered the term “kosher.” But do you have any idea what that means?

Kosher describes food that meets the standards outlined by Jewish law. Here, we break it down for you so you can get a feel for what that often-seen term actually means.

The body of law that governs foods that Jews can and cannot eat is called kashrut, and kosher is used to describe food that meets such standards. Kosher dietary laws are meant to be …

Read More: 5 Fashion Books to Help Navigate the Endless Sea of Clothing


Just in time for summer reading, 5 fashion books that will make you think about what you wear and why.

Recently, I’ve become more interested in fashion tailored to the environmentally and ethically-aware consumer, but I find the entire industry extremely difficult to navigate. And, sure, that won’t get any easier, but the following 5 books about eco-fashion are a great start to getting you more informed and proactive about the choices you make when it comes to your clothing.

1. “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” By, Elizabeth

5 Incredible Turmeric Benefits that Can Change Your Life

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The following 5 turmeric benefits will change the way you look at this unique herb.

Turmeric is the spice I use the least. Ever since I learned of its cleansing properties, I put a few dashes into my morning tea water with the juice of half a lemon. However, besides this particular ritual, turmeric is relatively lacking in my life. But it shouldn’t be! Turmeric bears incredible lifestyle benefits that are both practical and game changing in the realm of health.

Are you using turmeric for these benefits?

1. Make Meat