Now Available for Pre-Order: The Health is Beauty eBook Series!

I’m super excited to announce my latest project: The Health is Beauty eBook Series!

This three-part series will be released over the course of the next year, each book containing it’s own intense focus on an area of whole-being beauty: Face, Body, and [the ultimate beauty secret] LOVE.

At a special discounted price for early bird orderers, you can reserve your copy of the FULL Health is Beauty eBook series today! Or, if you prefer to pick & choose your topics, you can reserve the first book alone: More Than a Pretty Face.

Arriving this winter, More Than a Pretty Face will contain my favorite & most effective secrets to unlocking clearer, glowing skin through food & wellness. Holistic skincare is an area I’m extremely passionate about & I can’t wait to share my knowledge with you!

Bonus: Pre-order today & immediately gain access to my 7 Secrets to Sexy Skin download!


Make Something Monday: Gluten-free Blueberry Cinnamon Muffins

Sometimes it’s the simplest things that can take a recipe from “Oh, that’s good.” to “Oh My God!” Cinnamon is often one of those things. So, the other day when I was searching for a slightly healthy breakfast, but craving the slightly less healthy blueberry streusel cake, I decided to marry the two & make some cinnamon blueberry muffins [gluten-free, of course].

cinnamon blueberry muffins


2 c Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all-purpose flour
1/4 c brown rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 c coconut oil
2/3 c maple syrup
2/3 c So Delicious coconut milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice or lemon extract
2/3 c blueberries, fresh or frozen

Optional [but delicious!] cinnamon topping: Mix together 1/2 cinnamon, 1/2 coconut sugar.

In a medium bowl, sift together dry ingredients [flours, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, xanthan gum].
In a separate bowl, stir together wet ingredients [coconut oil, syrup, coconut milk, vanilla, lemon].
Combine wet ingredients with dry & stir until smooth. Fold in blueberries.
Pour batter into prepared [read: greased or lined] muffin tins til 3/4 full.
Bake at 325 for approximately 30 minutes, rotating pan & sprinkling cinnamon topping on each muffin at around the 10 minute marker before returning pan to oven.
Enjoy with a little soy-free Earth Balance and/or naturally sweetened strawberry jam.

Health is Beauty Bonus: Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants which are all kind of good for your skin, protecting you from certain cancers, and keeping that healthy glow. Cinnamon, for it’s part is anti-inflammatory, helping to fight the body’s main cause of wrinkles, acne, & disease.

Make Something Monday: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Waffles

So it’s pretty hot here in Chicago lately and, like Daria, I have to ask, “Is it fall yet?”

But rather than complain [too much] about the heat, today at breakfast, I decided to pretend it actually was fall. I figure, if Starbucks can have their pumpkin spice latte already, I can make pumpkin spice waffles.

Health is Beauty” bonus: Pumpkin is high in vitamin A & carotenoids to make your skin glow & help to keep it wrinkle-free.

pumpkin waffles


1 1/2 c Bob’s Red Mill all-purpose gluten-free flour
1 c brown rice flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp xanthan gum
1/4 c melted coconut oil
2 1/2 c So Delicious coconut milk
3 tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup
1 tbsp vanilla
1/3 c canned organic pumpkin
1/2 c gluten-free vegan chocolate chips

Preheat waffle maker until hot.
In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients [fours, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, salt, & xanthan gum].
Add coconut milk, coconut oil, agave, vanilla, and pumpkin.
Mix ingredients together until smooth.
Fold in chocolate chips until distributed throughout batter.
Grease waffle maker with vegan butter, coconut oil, or a vegan non-stick spray.
Pour approximately 1/2 c of batter onto waffle griddle and bake until desired level of crispiness has been reached.

#KaleEveryDamnDay Recipe: Kale Chips on Chili

You guys, I’ve found a new meal obsession & it’s all thanks to the #KaleEveryDamnDay project!

You see, a few days ago, the weather felt a little crisp & I was craving a nice, warm bowl of chili. However, I still hadn’t had my serving of kale for the day so I decided to whip up a batch of kale chips to snack on before dinner. Then, as luck would have it, the chips were ready at the exact same time as the chili…so I did this:

kale chips on chili

It. was. AMAZING!

The salty crunchiness of the kale chips married perfectly with the spicy sweetness of the chili.

Go, try it, & get your glow on!

Recipes Used:
Vegan Chili + Kale Chips

Dinner & A Movie: Clueless

Keeping with my Vegan MoFo theme of “Health is Beauty,” I’m taking the opportunity this month to walk you through some of my favorite movies about beauty…with a few tasty bonuses.

Of course, no beauty movie lineup would be complete without a tribute to one of my favorite girly indulgences: Clueless.

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Um, Hello! Makeovers, makeup, & colorful fashion are ALL OVER this movie AND it’s leading lady is America’s poster girl for Veganism! What better way to kick off this new Vegan MoFo segment?

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So check it: I LOVE colorful, kitschy movies, regardless of whether or not the plot is any good. However, I actually think Clueless is brilliant. A modern-day, high school adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma? I’m totally on board. [Incidentally, Clueless was my motivation for reading Emma for the first time…in the 6th grade. It was slightly above my reading level, but I powered through for the sake of Cher-spiration.]

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Skip to several years later, I decide to pick up another book, this one by actress Alicia Silverstone [aka Cher Horowitz herself]. I actually purchased The Kind Diet more to read Alicia’s autobiographical tidbits than for the recipes, but as I devoured the information about plant-based health, devouring the food started to sound like a pretty good idea. Nearly 3 years later, veganism has not only changed my health, but it’s also inspired my career. A career that, I might add, allows me to give healthy advice to my friends…just like Cher does.

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But not everyone starts out loving kale & quinoa. In fact, even Ms. Silverstone admits to going through a phase just after filming Clueless where she was living on a “steak & donut” diet. So, in honor of that time, here are two recipe rewinds vegan-izing Alicia’s former favorite meals:

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Portobello “Steaks”


2 whole portobello mushrooms
1/2 small onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup mock beef broth [made from Better Than Bouillon’s No Beef Base]
3 tbsp basalmic vinegar [we used 2 tbsp balsamic glaze and it worked great]
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp thyme

Remove stems & gills from mushrooms and set aside.
Line a large frying pan with a thin layer of broth.
Add onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes over high heat.
Add balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, & spices and reduce heat to medium.
Add mushrooms, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
Gently flip mushrooms over and cook for 5 minutes more, adding more broth as needed to prevent sticking or burning.
Plate mushrooms and spoon leftover juices on top. Enjoy.

Chocolate Cake Donuts

Donut Ingredients

1 1/3 c coconut sugar
1/2 c brown rice flour
1/3 c all purpose gluten-free flour
1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 c  + 2 tbsp arrowroot
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
1/4 c vanilla extract
1/2 c hot water
1/3 c melted coconut oil + a touch more for the pan

Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Brush 2 6-mold donut trays with melted coconut oil & set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients [sugar, flours, cocoa powder, arrowroot, baking powder, baking soda, salt, & xanthan gum].
In a smaller bowl, mix applesauce, vanilla, hot water, & coconut oil.
Add wet ingredients to dry & stir until just combined.
Using a spoon, carefully drop approximately 2 1/2 tbsp of batter into each donut mold & distribute evenly around the circle.
Bake for 8 minutes, rotate, & bake for 8 minutes more. Let cool before removing from molds by loosening edges with a butter knife.
If desired, top with a vanilla glaze.

P.S. How fitting is it that this post is dated September 3rd?
[Sorry for the horrible video quality, but it’s the only one I could find with that reference. :)]

Welcome to Vegan MoFo 2013!

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Hello, Vegan MoFo-ers! If you’re new to this blog, be sure to take a moment to look around. You can learn more about my interests + meet the loves of my life in the About section, read my professional wellness ramblings under the heading labeled Articles, or buy a “Health is Beauty” sticker by clicking on the Shop tab.
health is beauty sticker

And speaking of my Health is Beauty motto, that’s actually the theme for all of this month’s MoFo posts! That means you can expect plenty of healthy recipes for glowing skin, video reviews on my favorite vegan beauty products, and a few twists on the usual girly blog posts about fashion & fun.

While I don’t keep a strict blogging schedule, here are some of the themes you can expect to see in this month’s posts:

Make Something Monday – Started when Mondays were my free day to do with what I wished, I used to post a new recipe every Monday. These days, Mondays are reserved less for baking & more for health coaching, but I’m going to do my best to revive this tradition in honor of Vegan MoFo.

Relish Tray – A play on the word relish, as in “to enjoy,” these posts are little blurbs about vegan products or restaurant dishes that I’ve enjoyed.

Thankful Thursday – Because gratitude is important for any truly healthy lifestyle, I like to do at least one public post of the things I’m thankful for each week. I encourage you to do the same & share your favorites over on the Michelle Shea Walker [the blog] facebook page.

Dinner & a Movie – Inspired by the “TV Tuesday” prompt over on the Vegan MoFo blog, I’ve decided to incorporate a segment I call Dinner & a Movie. During these posts, I will share some of my favorite beauty-themed movies with you, accompanied by a vegan recipe that fits the theme.

Beauty Vlogs – Due to the popularity of my first Vegan Cuts Beauty Box review, you can expect to see many other video reviews soon. Wanna see them before anyone else? Be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel to be the first in line.

And finally, if you follow me on instagram & twitter, I’ll be starting a Health is Beauty project there called #KaleEveryDamnDay in which I promise to [you guessed it!] consume at least a serving of kale every damn dayYou see, kale is not only a powerhouse of nutrients, but it’s a beauty addict’s dream! It’s my health coaching secret to quick, glowing skin: eat a shit-ton of kale. Three servings a day is rockstar, but even if you can only fit one in, you’ll still notice a difference. Therefore, I challenge you, dear readers, to join me in my MoFo efforts to eat kale every damn day this month & photograph the evidence. You can tag your post w/ my handle: @michelleshea & #KaleEveryDamnDay.

Let’s get glowing!

P.S. As a special treat for my fellow vegans during MoFo month, I’m offering 10% off all of my health coaching services for anyone interested in or currently living a plant-based lifestyle. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this offer, please email me at for more details. 🙂

Thankful Thursday: How to Please a Diva [LaVida]

Today is a very special Thankful Thursday, filled to the brim with happy news!

Let’s start things off with some “glowing” praise from recent 6 month program graduate
& supremely talented burlesque dancer Diva LaVida:

diva testimonial

 “I really enjoyed working with Michelle & found her to be a tremendous asset. She never pressured me into wacky diets or asked me to do anything that made me feel less than awesome. Her advice helped to clear up my skin, trim my waist, & got me glowing. Seriously, even my coworkers noticed my positive changes. Woot!”
Diva LaVida

To read even more client testimonials & to find out the details about my 6 month health coaching program visit & schedule your very own FREE health consultation:
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Other things that I’m Thankful for Today:

♥ the amazing, useful, & entertaining eBook that I’m a contributor to hit #3 on the Amazon Best Seller’s list in our category [Kindle – Advertising]! If you want to read all about how I based my business brand on girly magazines + many more stories of self-promotion & starting your own business, you can purchase Self-Promotion Sucks (but it doesn’t have to) on Amazon for only $4.99!

♥ inspired by my first eBook experience, I’ve decided to write my own! You can look forward to my Health is Beauty how-to guide to clearing your skin & getting that glow this Fall! It’ll be a tight deadline for all the information that I plan to include, but I’m putting it out there into the universe & feel determined I can make it happen. [P.S. If you’re excited by this book idea, leave me a comment of support on the Michelle Shea Walker [dot com] facebook page, I’d really appreciate it!]

♥ my boyfriend Nick was featured in The Chicago Sun-Times this week for his Dabble class on How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse. It’s always great to see someone so brilliant get the great press that they deserve [especially when it’s the man in your life].

♥ and also, I’m thankful for chia pudding. So. Much. Chia. Pudding. 🙂

What are you Thankful for Today?

How to Make $50 [and Be a Great Friend] Without Even Trying

I’m so excited to announce my newest Health Happiness & Hula Hoops project:

The Friendly Favor Referral Program
[or How to Make $50 Without Even Trying]Recruit Your Friends to Join My Healthy Army!

Recruit Your Friends to Join My Healthy Army!

Here’s how it works:

First, think of all the lovely ladies in your life that could use a healthy boost. Maybe your sister needs help losing that baby weight or your best friend needs more energy for her new job, whatever the situation, you can help!
Next, tell those friends about my health coaching services. You could say something like:

Hey, I know you’ve been having some issues with [insert health problem here] and I follow this health coach/blogger on [insert social media platform here] that seems like she could help. She even has some awesome testimonials from sexy ladies like you who loved her six-month program. Check out her website at or visit her blog at to see what you think.

Then, “like” the Health Happiness & Hula Hoops facebook page. Believe it or not, this part isn’t just about whoring myself out for likes, it’s about letting you know when and how to collect your reward. Once readers start to refer their friends through this program, I will announce the reward recipients on my business page’s wall. There will also be a photo announcement of awards in a gallery labeled “Referral Rewards,” just in case you miss it on the timeline.

So, what are the rewards?

♥ For every friend who completes a free health history consultation, you will receive a free Health is Beauty sticker.
♥ For every friend who signs up for 6 months of health coaching, you will receive $50!* 

There’s no limit to how many friends you can refer. The more friends you help out, the more money you can make [or, at the very least, the more stickers you’ll have to decorate your iPad]!

*Reward payments will be made via Paypal or online transfer once the first half of your friend’s program has been purchased. Depending on the payment plan chosen, this could be immediately after they sign up or at the program’s three-month marker.