If you are looking for a healthy, light and easy salad to serve with your Holiday meal, look no further than this festive kale and brussels sprout salad! It only takes about 15 minutes or less to make and it is so tasty! It combines fiber and nutrient rich rich kale, brussels sprouts and spinach with a creamy lemon dressing, sweet pomegranate seeds and crunchy almonds. I know most people don’t think about serving brussels sprouts or kale raw, but they are both really delicious in salads and retain all of their vitamins when not cooked. This makes a great side dish alongside any protein, on a buffet, or as a starter for your dinner!
Mashed root vegetables are a great option for Thanksgiving in place of the usual potatoes. Not only are they delicious but they are packed with even more vitamins and fiber thanks to the variety of veggies included. I like a mixture of rutabaga, sweet potatoes or yams, and potatoes. It is a little sweet, but savory and pairs well with any sort of protein and gravy. This recipe is actually vegan because it uses coconut butter in place of butter, but you won’t even miss the dairy! This is the perfect dish to serve if you want something that tastes rich but is actually good for you!
If you are looking for a vegan main dish to serve for Thanksgiving, a stuffed squash is always a good option! Not only does it look impressive, it is healthy and delicious as well! You could stuff it with apples, or grains, but the recipe I am sharing with you today has a super simple mushroom walnut stuffing that is substantial as well as really good. The mushrooms and walnuts provide a bit of protein, so this is a full meal if you want it to be, or you could cut the squash in half after making them if you wanted a smaller main dish to serve with other sides.
I love traditional caramel apples. But what I don’t love is all of the processed sugar that comes along with them. So, I make healthier ones at home instead of buying them! I make a caramel out of dates instead of sugar, which may sound odd, but trust me, it tastes just like caramel and is so much better for you! The recipe I am sharing with you today is for Almond Joy apples (like the classic candy bar, coconut, chocolate and almonds), so I made the caramel a chocolate caramel, then coated it with coconut, cacao nibs and almonds. If you are not a fan of those things though, you could leave the cacao powder out of the caramel and make it a vanilla caramel, then sprinkle it with the coatings of your choice! This is a healthier Halloween treat that you can make at home and not feel guilty about enjoying it!
Many people are carving pumpkins this time of the year, and so why not save the seeds and roast them for snacking on? Pumpkin seeds are very nutritious, rich in potassium, zinc and magnesium not to mention protein and fiber. My Mom always used to roast the pumpkin seeds that came out of our pumpkins, and I like to continue that tradition now. The recipe I am sharing with you today is simple, salty with spices and herbs, and the perfect thing to add to your salads, or just enjoy as a snack. So this year when you carve your pumpkins save the seeds! If you want them even more simple, just toss them with olive oil and sea salt before roasting and eliminate the herbs and spices.
Making your own saurkraut at home is easy, and fun because you can create your own flavors. Not only that, it is rich in prebiotics and probiotics which are good for your digestion and gut health! The recipe I am sharing with you today is perfect for Fall, because it features apples as well as the cabbage, and it is really delicious! This is good as a side dish, or on sandwiches or, mixed into salads with similar flavors. I like to keep a jar of saurkraut in my refrigerator at all times, because adding it to meals is an easy way to keep my gut happier!
Skip the unhealthy pumpkin shake at the fast food restaurant and make your own at home instead for a healthier alternative that will actually leave you feeling good without a sugar high. The recipe I am sharing with you today doubles as a dessert, or a breakfast on the go. It doesn’t contain any refined sugars, or dairy. The base is bananas instead of dairy, and I add medjool dates for sweetness and it is just right. Also I have included protein powder, because I like an extra boost in my shakes so it is the perfect thing to keep you satisfied until lunch. It has a swirl of vanilla pumpkin and chocolate shake so you get two delicious flavors in one drink! Give this a try next time you are in need of a pumpkin shake! Of course if you are not a chocolate fan, just make it plain pumpkin and leave out the cacao powder.
If you have a dehydrator, making your own kale chips is easy, and you don’t have to be afraid of burning them like you might cooking them in an oven. The dehydrator gets them nice and crispy as well because it removes all of the moisture. Today I am sharing my favorite flavor of kale chips with you all, my chili cheeze kale chips! I say cheeze, because they don’t actually contain any cheese, but taste like they do! I use a mixture of cashew butter, and nutritional yeast to create a cheese like flavor without using any dairy. This also makes them more shelf stable. I add in some chili powder and garlic and they are super delicious! If you are looking for a healthier chip like snack, these are a great alternative!
Summer is the time when fresh berries are plentiful, at their most delicious and most affordable. But when the cooler months hit, and the berries go away, I like to enjoy some delicious berry jam that I made with Summer berries! It really is pretty easy to make, and it is the perfect way to be able to enjoy those Summer berries all year round! The recipe I am sharing with you today is a lower sugar recipe, as I try to limit my sugar intake. It is just as delicious as regular jam though! You can find all of the ingredients for this recipe at Fresh and Natural Foods, including the low sugar pectin!
If you are a fan of key lime pie, then you will love this healthier Summer option, Key Lime Blackberry Popsicles! They are not only really easy to make, but good for you too, with heart healthy avocado to give them a rich and creamy texture, and sweet antioxidant rich berries. They are refined sugar free too, but plenty sweet so you would never guess. The next time you want a refreshing dessert, give these a try!