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Vegan Classic Carrot Cake with Lemon Glaze

Today, we’re happy to share one of the most popular recipes from the cruise pastry chefs. Gather these necessary ingredients and follow the steps below, and voila! You’ll have a moist and flavorful whole grain vegan carrot cake that is sure to please your family and friends.

Carrot Cake

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Carrot Cake

3 cups spelt flour

1 tablespoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

3 cups finely grated carrots

1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1/2 cup raisins

2/3 cup refined safflower oil

1 cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup soymilk or ricemilk

juice and zest of 1 lemon

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Oil and flour a 9-inch springform pan and set aside.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg into large mixing bowl. Add the carrots, nuts, and raisins, and mix well.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together the oil, maple syrup, vanilla, soymilk, lemon juice, and zest. Add to the flour mixture and stir just until the ingredients are mixed. Do not overstir. Pour into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes before removing the sides of the pan. Serve warm.

Lemon Glaze

This shiny glaze is the perfect crown for many cakes.

2/3 cup apple juice

1 tablespoon arrowroot powder

1/3 cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon rice syrup

1 tablespoon lemon zest

  1. Place the apple juice in a small saucepan, add the arrowroot, and stir to dissolve. Add the lemon juice and rice syrup, and bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Stir in lemon zest.
  2. Cool slightly before using.

Help Kickstart a PlantPure Movement


Every year Holistic Holiday at Sea supports non-profits and campaigns that help to spread the word about the benefits of plant based nutrition and the vegan and macrobiotic lifestyles. On the 2015 cruise, we were excited to have the first screening of the upcoming documentary film, PlantPure Nation. This film, like others before it, provides a great opportunity to reach a larger audience with important educational content. Continue reading the post below to learn about the current tour, the Kickstarter campaign and future plans for PlantPure Nation:

The PlantPure Nation movie was screened first on our Holistic Health Cruise in March, where it received a rousing reception. Since then, the film has been further edited and is now being screened in cities across the country. The PlantPure Nation film team’s next stop is Atlanta followed by Chattanooga and Indianapolis with a nation’s capital rally in Washington DC on May 9th.

To date, every theater has been sold out, with the last two bumping this spring’s biggest blockbuster film, “Fast and Furious.” Pure and Healthy wins every time!

The main reason for this blog post is to remind our cruise participants of the Kickstarter campaign that will provide the resources critical to bringing this breakthrough documentary to more cities and towns across America. This funding also will enable an innovative social/philanthropic strategy to help launch a grassroots movement around the idea of plant-based nutrition, perhaps the most exciting idea shared by the filmmakers during the cruise.

Reliance on traditional venture capital investment could take away the freedom to develop the socially conscious business and philanthropic organization this team is envisioning. You can read more about what they are working on at www.plantpurenation.com.

Please visit www.PlantPureNation.com/OurKickstarter to view and to donate to the Kickstarter project page. Watch the video and give as much as you can to help with this campaign. Also, please consider sharing this link with your family, friends, clients, and co-workers. The time is now to get this off the ground and in front of as many people as possible.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Nelson Campbell could use your support.

Roasted Middle Eastern Eggplant Skewers Recipe – Holistic Holiday at Home

Since we concluded our 2015 Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise, we’ve received lots of great feedback about the quality of the meals prepared on board the MSC Divina, especially the Eggplant Kebabs! We are excited to share the recipe from the culinary team so that you can experience holistic meals like those offered on the ship at home. You’ll find more wonderful recipes inside our cruise cookbook, Greens and Grains on the Deep Blue Sea.


Roasted Middle Eastern Eggplant Skewers with Fresh Mint and Cumin, served with plain Soy Yogurt and Red Pepper Puree

Serves 6

2 cups eggplant
2 red peppers
4 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons ginger grated
5 tablespoons tamari
1.5 teaspoon cumin Powder
1.5 teaspoon chili Powder
1 teaspoon curry Powder
10 oz. Vegenaise
1 orange
  1. Cut eggplant in 1 inch chunks and marinate in cumin, chili, curry, garlic, ginger, tamari & water enough to saturate ingredients.
  2. Bake at 375°F for 10-12mins.
  3. Place on skewers (Can be prepared in advance and warmed in oven).
  4. Place red peppers on the open flame of your stove until they become completely black then place in a bowl of cold water for 5 min, remove skin with fingers. Remove the seeds cut into chunks and blend.
  5. Serve warm with mint, orange garnish, plain soy yogurt and red pepper puree.

Featured Presenter: Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

For fifteen years, using her unique blend of passion, humor, and common sense, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has empowered and inspired people to live as healthfully and compassionately as possible. Colleen is an exhilarating speaker, powerful writer, talented chef, and persuasive advocate whose success can be measured by the thousands of people whose lives have been changed by her compassionate message. Colleen is the award-winning author of five bestselling books, including The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, Vegan’s Daily Companion, and The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. She’ll be joining us again on the March cruise.

We sat down to discuss the motivations and meaning behind the work that she does on the behalf of animals.

1) Have any of your views evolved over the course of your career in regards to healthy living?

My views around healthy living have stayed very much the same: they’re very practical and based on giving people the information they need to live healthfully. They’re not based on doctrine or dogma or the latest science, but common sense and eating whole foods. For me, it’s certainly not about a specific kind of diet. Of course, you can eat 50,000 ways as a vegan, just as you can eat 50,000 ways as a non-vegan! The philosophy that I teach is the philosophy that I live. I try to eat whole foods as much as possible, and I want to take care of myself. My approach to healthy living is very basic and very holistic.

2) What do you think are the ingredients for a life well lived?

My approach to healthful living comes from a mind, body, spirit perspective. I believe in taking care of all aspects of who we are which is why I run and hike several times a week, why I love being outside, why I take the time to be with my husband and to nurture my friendships, why I take time to spend with my cats and play with them and give them what they need, why I eat whole foods as much as possible…Everything I do is to reflect that I care about my mind, body, and spirit. But it’s not just about me. I think that’s where I differ from people who focus on this work as a diet. It’s not just about me improving my running: that’s not where I see a healthy life for me. A healthy life for me is having healthy relationships and a healthy outlook, not being a judgmental person, not speaking ill about other people, being kind to everybody I meet, fostering relationships whether they’re in my neighborhood or the person I meet at the store counter or at a restaurant. It’s about nurturing relationships. I nurture myself, but I also nurture my relationships with other people. For me, that’s what healthy living really is: understanding how important our relationships are and the footprint we have in this world. It’s not just those we care about or we know or who agree with us that it’s important to communicate with. It’s really everybody we meet every day…and everybody includes human and nonhuman animals.

3) Your keynote address on the cruise will touch on this, but what are some of the bigger issues facing vegans in this largely non-vegan world? What are a few tips for remaining a joyful vegan?

Because we live in a non-vegan world, a world that in many ways supports violence against animals, once we are awakened, we are constantly confronted with all the ways that we exploit animals. This can become soul crushing from a perspective of sustained happiness and joy. It can also impact our relationships between one another, our relationships with the people in our lives who might be participating in this exploitation and violence, directly and most likely indirectly: neighbors, family, friends, coworkers, etc. And so what we have to learn as vegans, as people who have become awakened to violence against animals, is how to communicate our concerns, protect animals, and change the paradigm from one that sees animals as here for us to do with as we please to one that sees animals as here for their own reasons, interests, relationships, autonomy, desire to live and to keep their young, and the desire to do with their bodies what they want. That for me is the real crux of the work that I do: shifting this paradigm.

But how do we communicate that in a way that is effective for us and effective for the animals but maintains the relationships that we have? We’re not looking to make enemies. How do we walk that line between speaking our truth and realizing that that truth might make some people uncomfortable? For me, a lot of that is knowing where we end and another person beings. And knowing that when we express our concerns about animals or our joy about being vegan, that if someone gets upset about that, that’s not ours to carry.

Drawing that line and walking that line means being confident in our perspective, in the way that we see the world, in the work that we’re doing and in the lives that we’re living. We have a huge part to play in how people take that message. I think it makes a huge difference when we present it in a way where the intention is to plant a seed rather than to dictate what someone should be doing. But I also think that, on the flipside, we should not be apologetic. If we think we’re doing something wrong or inconveniencing people, then that’s how people are going to take it. When we appear in this world and ask for what we want joyfully and confidently, I think that’s when people respond to us.

4) Compassion for animals seems to be a central tenant of your message as a vegan author and speaker. Why?

Compassion for animals is central to everything that I do. I’m a vegan author and speaker because of the work that I do for animals. One of the biggest misconceptions is that veganism is an end in itself when really being vegan is a means to an end, and that end is unconditional compassion. For me, I’m vegan because I don’t want to hurt animals – it’s just that simple. I don’t want to participate in a system whereby animals are systematically hurt and killed every second of the day. The best thing we can do to not be a part of that is to not participate in these industries that thrive on consumer dollars supporting that violence.

My work is about shifting that paradigm and giving people the tools they need to manifest their values of compassion for animals. I believe that most people are good people and don’t want to hurt animals, but that violence is kept so hidden from us that we don’t know what we’re participating in. We’re doing it unknowingly really. My work is about helping people to awaken to the compassion that’s inside of them and to be able to manifest it in a way that enables them to thrive in this world. Becoming vegan is the practical way to manifest that value of compassion.

To read more about Colleen, visit www.ColleenPatrickGoudreau.com.

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In Memory of Michio Kushi

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Michio Kushi

Holistic Holiday at Sea’s first “super star”  presenter, Michio Kushi, passed away December 28, 2014 at age 88.   He was one of the first proponents to teach of the powerful connection between one’s diet and environment … and one’s health. He published over 70 books and traveled throughout the world teaching about personal health through a natural way of living and eating.

His work was honored by the United States Congress and his archives of work are now housed at the Smithsonian Institute Museum of Natural History.

A true pioneer in the natural foods movement, teaching what was revolutionary in the 60’s, and introducing and popularizing such foods to the American public as whole grains, tofu, tempeh, miso, soy sauce, sea vegetables, and the wide spread use of organic vegetables.  Now considered mainstream, he was eons ahead of his time.

We thank you Michio as you are a true example of what one man can do in the world.

Michio, go with our deepest love and gratitude. Rest in peace for a job well done.

Sandy Pukel
Host of Holistic Holiday at Sea

A Message from Michio:

To all of my friends and associates around the world, as well as people everywhere who are true peace promoters, I am grateful for your heartfelt efforts and for the opportunity to be together with you on this beautiful planet with all of its wonderful difficulties. I pray that we can always love and help each other and together realize One Peaceful World.

An Interview with Shred It! Author & Vegan Athlete Robert Cheeke

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Vegan bodybuilder, motivational speaker and author, Robert Cheeke, has been considered one of VegNews Magazine’s most influential vegan athletes. A two-time natural bodybuilding champion, Robert lives in Austin, Texas, is the voice behind VeganBodybuilding.com, and will be joining us again on the March 2015 cruise. He’s also an Amazon.com best-selling author of the book Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness – The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant-Based Diet and has a new book out now called Shred It! Your Step-by-Step Guide to Burning Fat and Building Muscle on a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet (also available as an ebook). The book is a dynamic mix of profiles, recipes, nutritional information, and, of course, exercises. We asked Robert a few questions about Shred It!



Featured Presenter: Jessica Porter

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We’re honored by the many experts, teachers, and speakers that will be joining us for the March 2015 cruise. To celebrate those voices, we’ll be running a short series of presenter interviews. A returning presenter on the 2015 cruise, Jessica Porter is the author of The MILF Diet and The Hip Chick’s Guide to Macrobiotics. She also collaborated with Alicia Silverstone on the New York Times number one bestseller, The Kind Diet. Jessica has been practicing macrobiotics since 1991, managed the Way to Health Program at the Kushi Institute in the mid-nineties, and has worked as a traveling macrobiotic cook. She is also a hypnotherapist and has created two hypnosis CDs for people practicing macrobiotics and one called HypnoParenting for the HypnoBirthing Institute.


Find out more about Jessica’s presentations on the 2015 Holistic Holiday at Sea Cruise.


Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes: Our Favorites from the Cruise Cookbook

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The fall and winter holidays are a special time to bring families together to celebrate, visit, and break bread, but for vegans, it can be a stressful time as well. We’re often left wondering if there will be enough to eat at a relative’s house. Or if we’re hosting, what can we serve that will please everyone? Thank goodness for the Internet, friends! There’s a plethora of vegan Thanksgiving options out there for the taking and the making, and we’re adding our own favorites to the mix, hand-picked from Greens and Grains on the Deep Blue Sea. No shortage of comfort, flavor, or yum factor here!cookbook

Arame-Stuffed Mushrooms
Start your holiday festivities off right with this hearty appetizer. (more…)

Featured Presenter: Kiersten Mooney

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We’re honored by the many experts, teachers, and speakers that will be joining us for the March 2015 cruise. To celebrate those voices, we’ll be running a short series of presenter interviews. Kiersten Mooney, E-RYT 500, is owner of Bala Vinyasa Yoga 200 & 300hr registered yoga schools located in Naples and Miami, FL. Kiersten graduated from The University of Miami with a double B.A. in Sociology & Exercise Sports Science and Sports Medicine with continued graduate studies in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition. She leads accredited teacher trainings globally and teaches at Yoga Journal Conferences. As a teacher and presenter, Kiersten offers concrete tools with a lighthearted perspective, grounded by insight that empowers people to courageously live life to the fullest. Empowerment of others is truly her passion.


Click here for a full list of Kiersten’s classes on the 2015 cruise.


Yoga and Pilates Classes and Lectures on the 2015 Cruise

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Expand and enrich your yoga and pilates practice with these inspiring classes and lectures from an amazing list of esteemed and beloved teachers. From integrative relaxation classes with Chandrakant Hiester to Deep Yoga with Bhava Ram, you’re sure to find balance, connection, and deep relaxation aboard the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise. Designed for a variety of skill levels, below is a full list of our offerings for the 2015 cruise. In addition to these classes, several teachers offer one-on-one instruction, workshops, and consultations for additional fees. Click on the links below to find out more.day72872


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