PGM 14 | Become Plant Powerful with Heather Crosby of YumUniverse

Feb 26 2015

There are those rare people in life who not only inspire change but provide you with the tools to do it. Heather Crosby is one such person. Full of life, wisdom, and so much knowledge we could barely fit it into one podcast, Heather is a force to be reckoned with. In episode 14 she talks to Celine about her life-long opposition to vegetables and how, ultimately, an unusual encounter and series of events changed that for the better. Flash forward to today, and Heather is the author of the popular blog YumUniverse that inspired a cookbook of the same name. If you are looking to make a healthy shift in your lifestyle and diet you will find that Heather is an expert at both coaching and teaching you the myriad of ways to do so, and as she says, "you want to enjoy the journey, not resent it".

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“Look at mistakes as opportunities [...] it’s about changing your lens” - Heather Crosby via Ep. 14 of the Pure Green Podcast

“Going for that unknown is so important than staying somewhere and stagnating” - Heather Crosby via Ep. 14 of the Pure Green Podcast








Also, enjoy this bonus recipe from Heather for Toasted Pecan Florentines (shown above)!

Toasted Pecan Florentines

12+ Servings

When I’m invited to a last-minute party or dinner and I need to bring a treat, I make a version of these versatile Florentines. They require very few ingredients and even less time to make, but they taste like a fancy French cookie that took all day to prepare. They are also a nice gift, especially at holiday time.


1 tablespoon almond flour
2 tablespoons brown rice flour
¼ cup pecans, chopped and toasted
2 tablespoons maple syrup
3 tablespoons Sucanat
1 tablespoon coconut oil, gently warmed to liquid on the stove top
¼ teaspoon sea salt


Preheat oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, stir together all ingredients until well mixed.

Pinch off some dough, enough to make a 1" ball. Place on cookie sheet and repeat so balls are 3 – 4" apart (they will spread and flatten).

Bake for 7 – 10 minutes, no longer. Slide parchment onto the counter to cool. Cookies will crisp up as the cool off.


psst! Drizzle or sandwich with a melted gluten-free, vegan chocolate bar for extra decadence.

Use toasted pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, or walnuts instead of pecans.



Show Notes & Main Themes

  • Heather’s unlikely beginnings  3:15
  • The series of events that led her to try a plant-based, healing diet  7:30
  • Why she avoids aiming for perfection and how that informs her daily routines 9:30
  • “Look at mistakes as opportunities [...] it’s about changing your lens” -11:30
  • “I think it’s important to keep things open and not label yourself” -on why she uses the term “plant-powerful” 12:20
  • Why Heather sees our need for convenience as a harmful to us and our diets  14:30
  • Her advice on eating fresh, seasonal, and healthy foods when they are unavailable or in adverse conditions 18:00
  • The most significant changes to expect when switching to a plant-based diet 21:14
  • “Going for that unknown is so important than staying somewhere and stagnating”  22:58
  • Heather explains what are antioxidants and why we need them 23:54
  • What kind of foods have anti-oxidants 25:19
  • What gluten is and it’s effects, and how to tell if you have a sensitivity to it 26:15
  • How she satisfies her cravings for gluten with gluten-free recipes 31:00
  • Myth-busting the assumptions surrounding plant-based diets  33:15
  • “Build confidence in your decisions so that what people say to you won’t knock you off your foundation” - Heather on sticking to your diet in social settings 35:44
  • “A lot of people want to know why they want to make a change [...] but the biggest challenge for folks is the transition” - The reasoning behind her book’s YumUniverse’s format 38:15
  • Heather’s reason for writing Yumuniverse and who she created it for 39:10
  • The key tools or mental mindsets needed to transition to a plant-based diet 42:31
  • Slowing down to connect to yourself on a deeper level  45:44
  • How to balance plant-based cooking with your family’s and other’s needs 46:00
  • Why preparing foods is an important part of her daily routine  48:54
  • How she choose the right recipes to publish in her book 51:06
  • Heather’s go-to recipe for sharing at dinner parties 53:24
  • “Don’t think about what you’re taking out of your diet, think about what you’re adding to it” - 54:18
  • “You want to enjoy the journey not resent it” -54:45



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