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Healthy Creations: Vegan Friendly

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ENCINITAS.  I love, love, love Healthy Creations.  I stop in every time I am up in Encinitas.  They don’t have a particularly fancy menu or crazy interior decor.  So what makes Healthy Creations so great?  Every menu item is created with careful thought and made with quality ingredients.  Quite simply, everything tastes amazing.




Healthy Creations always has two home made soups, one of which is usually vegan.  And believe me, they are worth sampling.  The butternut squash soup has become one of my favorites.  It is thick with an almost pumpkin flavor and reminds me of fall.


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Another great option is the Vegetable Soup.  This is not the bland veggie soup out of a can, I grew up eating.  It is full of fresh vegetables and seasoned with just the right mix of herbs.


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Sandwiches and Burgers:


The Sunshine Veggie Burger is one of my staple orders.  The gluten free and soy free burger is topped with spring greens, tomatoes, sprouts, chipotle aioli, and avocado.  Just remember to ask for vegan bread as the burger is usually served on a bun that is NOT vegan.


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Healthy Creations has recently added a vegan BLT to their menu.  House made coconut bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado are sandwiched between two pieces of vegan bread.  The vegan BLT’s I’ve tried in the past use tempeh bacon, so I was intrigued to try the coconut bacon.  I really enjoyed the taste, and  the fact that the coconut bacon isn’t a processed product like tempeh bacon!


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And if you fall in love with the coconut bacon, it is available for purchase at Healthy Creations!


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Healthy Creations doesn’t forget about dessert.  One item that shouldn’t be missed is the mini-cream sandwich.  The cookies are soft and chewy and the frosting inside is smooth and creamy.  I also love their size — they’re the perfect way to satisfy a sweet tooth without going overboard.


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And then there is the Raw Lemon Bar.  Each bar has two layers: a sticky, cakey bottom and a tangy, lemony topping.  This is a refreshing dessert and a great choice if you  are looking for something sweet and light.


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Drinks and Smoothies:


The drinks at Healthy Creations also should also not be overlooked.  My favorite? The Chocolate Malted Almond Milk.  This is the drink for anyone who has fond memories of chocolate malts from childhood.  Somehow when maca is combined with chocolate almond milk, the result is a rich and satisfying, malty flavored drink.  Mine always disappears before the food arrives!


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If you’re feeling like something cool and fresh, I recommend ordering the Gogi Berry Bliss Smoothie.  This bright pink smoothie is made from strawberries, house made almond or coconut milk, goji berries, and dates, and is then topped with hemp seeds.  The fruit and house made milk combine to make a creamy and irresistible smoothie.


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Healthy Creations has a cozy interior.  A perfect place to relax and enjoy a snack or a meal.  Customers order at the front and wait until food is brought out to their table.  Healthy Creations also has a “to-go” case with juices and pre-made, frozen meals.


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Recently, Healthy Creations has created a separate menu listing their vegan options.  Now you don’t have to examine the ingredient lists to determine whether an item is vegan!  So thank you Healthy Creations! I can’t wait to visit again soon.


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376 North El Camino Real

Encinitas, CA 92024


Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Last week it was cold and rainy in San Diego (ie weather Southern Californians consider to be “winter”).  And so I decided I would warm up with some home made soup!  I love making this Curried Butternut Squash Soup (inspired by a non-vegan recipe from Runner’s World)!  The curry powder and coconut milk ensure that the soup is super creamy and full of flavor.


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First, gather your ingredients!


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The most time intensive part of the soup preparation is peeling and cooking the squash!  First, peel and cut up the squash.


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Next, it’s time to place the squash pieces in a bowl and lightly coat them with olive oil.  You can also add a dash of salt and pepper if you like!


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Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and spread the squash on top.


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Remember that cooking will shrink the squash!


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Next, place all of the soup ingredients into the blender, and combine until smooth!


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The best part is that if you blend the ingredients while the squash is still hot, you won’t need to heat the soup up!  Simply pour the it into bowls and serve!


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Curried Butternut Squash Soup
  • 1.5 cups butternut squash
  • 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ¾ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  3. Peel butternut squash and slice up into chunks
  4. Put chunks into bowl and lightly cover with olive oil.
  5. Place butternut squash on tinfoil lined cookie sheet.
  6. Bake butternut squash for 30 - 40 minutes or until soft.
  7. SOUP:
  8. Place butternut squash, coconut milk, vegetable broth, and salt into blender.
  9. Blend until smooth.
  10. Garnish with vegan sour cream or additional curry powder.