Top 10 GreenGut Wellness Recipes of 2016 & Sneak Peeks for the New Year!

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It’s been a big year here at GreenGut Wellness, and, as has become my habit, it’s time to look back on the best of the year!

The biggest news, of course, was changing over from Quantum Vegan to GreenGut Wellness. I knew it was time to narrow the focus of my wellness consulting services, so after a lot of research, planning and prayer, I launched under the GGW banner in October. Having suffered from a chronic digestive condition for many years and seeing it improve greatly after adopting a plant-based diet, I’ve become very interested in the “ecosystem” of microbes living in the human gut. Interest is exploding in the scientific community, too, so there’s a lot of fascinating research and some fantastic books to read. There’s even a Microbiome journal!

Gut health really is the key to overall health (more on that later), and your digestive system is at its best when you eat — you guessed it — a lot of plants. My recipe collection can help you do that — and you’ve all been enjoying some tasty selections from the list this year. Thank you! Your interest in eating more vegan meals made these ten recipes the most popular on the blog for 2016.

Top Plant-Based Recipes of 2016

Remember if you make these (or any other recipe from the GGW archives) to tag your Instagram posts with #greengutwellness or give me a shout at @green_gut so that I can see your creations!

What’s New with GreenGut Wellness in 2017?

I love sharing the plant-based life with you. For me, diet and lifestyle changes have meant moving toward greater health over the course of many years — giving up self-destructive habits, poor food choices and unsustainable exercise regimens in favor of a balanced approach to workouts and a whole, plant-based way of eating with a little wiggle room for my own psychological health. I still stumble and struggle, but that’s all part of the journey, right?

In 2017, I want to help you take control of your health. That’s why I started Quantum Vegan and re-imagined it as GreenGut Wellness. As much of a sucker as I am for the science, what I really want to do is help people. We all have so much stuff we’re dealing with, and everybody needs somebody to guide them in the toughest things. And let’s face it, making diet and lifestyle changes is hard, no matter how dedicated you are. It means reversing a lifetime of bad habits and rethinking the way you approach some of the most basic parts of daily life. But the changes are worth it. The road may be a little rocky at the start, but navigating the bumps pays off when you start to see and feel improvements in your health.

With this in mind, I’m offering two ways to help you get started and stick with a journey toward better health this year. The first one is going on right now with a range of fun health tip sheets to power up your daily diet. From now until January 6th, all sheets are on sale for only $2.50 (they’re usually $3), no code required. That gives you you plenty of time to load up on tips for making salads, crafting the perfect smoothie, batch cooking and more. All sheets are delivered in PDF format after purchase, so you can print them out and stick them up on the fridge to help with meal planning or carry them around on your mobile device to give you guidance when eating out.

The second is a little more comprehensive and designed to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions when you start to feel like giving up. It’s normal to hit a patch somewhere in mid-January when you wonder why you bogged yourself down with such huge expectations for change and are ready to throw in the towel. So from January 14th through January 20th, I’m starting a Resolution Revolution. Using the code RESOLUTION10 gets you 10% off any wellness consulting package:

Every package includes a detailed health history so that I know exactly what you’re dealing with and can tailor services to meet your specific needs. You get phone, email and text support to ask questions, educational handouts for additional guidance, relevant recipes and more to help cultivate ongoing diet and lifestyle changes — and to empower you to take care of you own health for years to come. I can work with your doctor to address more complex issues by looking at blood work and suggesting additional tests. And it doesn’t matter where you are — all services can be conducted via phone or Google Hangouts.

No more sifting through endless lists of what to eat and what not to eat, trying to decipher the truth in the midst of the hype. You don’t have to try and go it alone this year. I want to show you how proper planning, personal accountability and individualized nutrient support can create a sustainable diet and lifestyle plan you can follow indefinitely. So whether you’re looking to eat more plants, get rid of stress, cook more variety or kick a sugar habit, I’m here to help you do it.

You can find all of this in the GreenGut Wellness shop. It’s a one-stop marketplace for every handout and service I offer. More details are also available on my services page.


I don’t usually do New Year’s resolutions for myself, but I do have one big dream for 2017. I’d love to write a cookbook! It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and I’ve been saving up some interesting new recipes to put together into something that’s a bit different than the other (very lovely) plant-based cookbooks out there now. Most of all, I want to spend the year going where the Lord leads me in my personal and business life, helping as many people as possible along the way.

What are your plans for 2017? Share in the comments! And don’t forget to subscribe to the GreenGut Wellness mailing list for updates, sales, news and recipes throughout the year.

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. ~ Proverbs 16:9

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About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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