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Culinary Nutritionist & Health Expert Shares Easily Adaptable Tips and Recipes for a Plant-Based Lifestyle

Almond Board
May 03, 2016
Mikaela Reuben Creates Stylish Vegetarian Fare and Green Living Tips

An increasing number of people are aiming to adopt a more plant-based eating pattern as a way to take charge of their health and well-being. In fact, over one-third of consumers are interested in foodservice operators developing dishes that are primarily plant-based.1 To share just how rewarding and simple it can be, California Almonds has teamed up with culinary nutritionist to the stars Mikaela Reuben to create a delicious collection of vegetarian recipes and everyday lifestyle tips that anyone can recreate and incorporate daily.


Reuben’s recipe collection at features delectable snacks and meal recipes that integrate a variety of flavorful plant-based ingredients including almonds, fresh berries and whole grains. Reuben combines taste with nutrition in her dishes by incorporating powerful plant-based ingredients, providing a delicious way to sample gluten-free, vegan and plant-focused recipes to satisfy even the staunchest meat-eaters. 


“Embracing a more plant-based lifestyle doesn’t mean sacrificing taste and convenience,” Reuben says. “From sweet potato and almond fritters to roasted spaghetti squash with a smoky almond sauce, each of the dishes in this recipe collection consists of easily sourced, flavorful ingredients. With a little planning and minor lifestyle adjustments, living greener can be simple.”


For a perfect mid-morning snack, fuel up with Reuben’s gluten-free Almond Butter Tahini Fruit Bowl, packed with chia seeds and berries, topped with a flavorful almond butter tahini mixture. Enjoy her Sweet Potato Almond Fritters as mid-afternoon snack with a dipping sauce or on top of a crunchy green salad. Finally, for an easy meal, try Reuben’s mouth-watering vegan and gluten-free Smoky Chermoula with Spaghetti Squash, topped with slivered almonds.


The benefits of plant-based diets go well beyond the plate. Science is converging about what to eat from a public health and environmental standpoint, with many academic and health institutions recommending a dietary pattern that focuses on plants and minimizes food waste.2


Reuben’s tips for sustainable living in and outside of the kitchen include:

  • Keeping glass jars in your kitchen and reusing them for on-the-go salads and smoothies, marinating vegetables and mixing dressings, or storing almonds, seeds and grains.
  • Roasting vegetables weekly to make blended soups, salads and simple snack options.
  • Learn how and where to recycle and compost. It’s easier than you think!
  • Find more tips here.


For more information on Reuben and to check out her recipes and tips, visit


About Mikaela Reuben

Mikaela Reuben is a culinary nutritionist and health consultant for many notable names in Hollywood. Reuben molded her career to inspire people to make better health and food decisions offering nutrition coaching through a personalized approach. Her hunger for knowledge and adventure has led her to unimaginable experiences around the globe as she continuously explores various cultures to find new ingredients, health benefits, recipes and beautiful culinary traditions. She uses her knowledge of the body and of different cultural healing traditions to empower people to live with happiness and health, in balance and harmony with their true self. Reuben currently lives in Vancouver, Canada. Follow her on her website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


1 The Culinary Institute of America and President and Fellows of Harvard College. 2014 Menus of Change Annual Report.

2 The Culinary Institute of America and President and Fellows of Harvard College. 2015 Menus of Change Protein Consumption Report.

About the Almond Board

Almonds from California are a natural, wholesome and quality food. The Almond Board of California promotes almonds through its research-based approach to all aspects of marketing, farming and production on behalf of the more than 6,000 almond growers and processors in California, many of whom are multi-generational family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit or check out California Almonds on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the California Almonds blog.