A Pixar “Up” themed, plant-based 1st birthday party. If you’re wondering how to create healthy, allergy-friendly, and or vegan birthday food that kids and adults will enjoy, read on! There are some healthy bites, some allergy-friendly and vegan, not-so-healthy bites, and things in between. Liam’s birthday buffet was a hit while offering party treats in-line with the “Up” (light) theme. Enjoy some cute ideas for this birthday theme along with recipes for entertaining.
Starting off the season with pumpkin, because I can’t get enough! These healthy, vegan, GF, muffin-top-like cookies are perfect any time of day. Switch up weekend brunch with these instead of pancakes or take them to your next fall festivity. And considering you can bake these up in 25 minutes while getting a toddler ready for the day, you’ll want to add these soft pumpkin cookies to your quick, easy, healthy recipe file.
Who made dessert the forbidden word? First off, let’s redefine “dessert” because have you tasted those Cotton Candy Grapes? Point being that nature makes some pretty delicious dessert as is, but if you want to play it up a bit, you can still have your health and eat cake — or in this case a strawberry crumble, perfectly patriotic and just in time for the Fourth of July holiday!
Holistic nutrition means feeling your best by factoring in nutrition, lifestyle and environment. We spend so much time outdoors in the summer cooking, eating, gardening, entertaining and soaking up the sun! Our summertime activities push us to bring out the extra sunblock, the bug repellent, and makeup to give us that extra sun-kissed glow!
If you haven’t had a grilled romaine salad, you need to! By simple adding some lemon juice and heat, you get a depth of flavor and savory base to the perfect summer BBQ salad. I like to compliment my charred leafy greens with fresh, raw spring/summer veggies like cucumber slices, radishes, peas, carrots and even cooked beets. It goes great alongside my Garlic and Lime Tofu Skewers for a veggie-packed, BBQ show-stopper!
One thing about a plant-based diet that can be tough is some of the social challenges. In the summer months, going to a BBQ doesn’t typically present with an array of veggie options. You can always throw a store-bought veggie burger or faux sausage on the grill, and while I too enjoy those options from time to time, I prefer real food for how it makes me feel. My husband and I love using our grill, so simple things like grilled mushroom or cauliflower steaks, potatoes or other veggies and these tofu skewers make it feel like summer to me!
Strawberry lemonade that brings on the summer feels, cools the crew down with just the right amount of natural sweetness and packs a tons of good nutrition to keep everyone having fun longer? It’s right here.
Need a simple crowd-pleaser to take to your next summer event? I gotchoo! This easy black bean dip is whole food, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, wheat-free and packed with healthy fats, antioxidants so much flavor! Seriously, if sharing is caring, you’ll friends and family will feel the love!
I think warm, cozy weekend breakfasts are a year-round must. how about you? Whether it’s breakfast for one or your celebrating just simply being together with loved ones, there are few things I enjoy more than a meal made with love, and breakfast is certainly a popular food category amongst friends and family. I mean, any meal you can eat in pajamas without shame is clear winner.