If you are looking for a quick and easy salad for Easter, coleslaw is just the thing! It comes together fast, and although it has to sit for a couple of hours to allow the flavor to develop, that means it is good for making ahead of time. The recipe I am sharing with you today does not contain any sugar, oil or mayonnaise like traditional coleslaw, instead I add in pineapple and pineapple juice for sweetness and almond butter for a rich texture. It may be simple, but it is delicious, and it would be perfect as a lighter healthier side for your Easter meal.
If you are looking for a healthy, quick and easy to make dessert, give chia pudding a try! It is packed with fiber, protein and heart healthy omega 3 oils. Not only that, it requires no cooking so it is ready pretty quick. The recipe I am sharing with you today is completely fruit sweetened, because it is packed with strawberries, and has dates included for extra sweetness. Also, it is vegan because I use coconut milk in place of dairy, but you would never know! Although this is a healthy dessert, it reminds me of a sweet strawberry tapioca pudding!
If you are looking for a healthy and delicious savory main dish to serve for St. Patrick’s Day, I have just the thing. A flavorful and hearty white bean stew! It is loaded up with veggies, including cabbage, celery, carrots and onions, and it has white beans for protein. It is very easy to make, you just throw it all into a pot and cook it, and you have a big pot of delicious soup! It is packed with nutrients and fiber, it is low fat, and it will leave you feeling good and nourished instead of weighed down.
If you are looking for a festive and fresh salad to serve for St. Patrick’s Day, look no further. The salad I am sharing with you today is green, healthy, and delicious! It may not be traditional vegetables used in Irish cooking, but its emerald hue is perfect to serve alongside heavier traditional Irish foods for a festive meal. I include spinach as the base green, apples and kiwi for sweetness, asparagus because it is coming into season, avocado for richness and a light lime dressing. It is all so delicious together and this salad is packed with nutrients, so feel free to eat a large serving! If you want the cute little shamrock shaped fruit, a cookie cutter is required. You just cut the shapes out from the sliced fruit and add them to the salad.
Cauliflower is such a versatile food! You can use it in raw salads, eat it with a dip like hummus, rice it as a grain free option to replace rice, steam it and use it as a substitute for mashed potatoes. But my favorite way to prepare it is to roast it in the oven! It gets all delicious and crispy. The recipe I am sharing with you today combines it with garbanzo beans and toasted almonds for protein, plus greens for extra nutrients so it is a satisfying healthy meal. It happens to be gluten free as well! Also, I spice it up with anti-inflammatory spices for an added bonus and it is so delicious! If you are looking for a healthy light dinner, give this a try!
A home made loaf of quick bread is always delicious for breakfast, or just snacking with some nut butter for a more satisfying treat. One of my favorites is a carrot cranberry pecan quick bread that has extra fiber thanks to the added fruit, veggies and nuts. It is easy whip up a loaf, and so good! I am sure it will become a favorite in your family as well. This bread reminds me of carrot cake, but it is so much more simple to make! I used gluten free flour in this, but if you are more of a fan of whole wheat flour, it can be swapped in for the gluten free flour.
Organic edamame is heart healthy, it is delicious as well. Which is why it is the perfect thing to add to meals to make them more satisfying. The recipe I am sharing today combines it with fresh citrus, spinach and avocado. It is rich in antioxidants, nutrients, protein and fiber. So it is the perfect balanced meal if you are trying to eat healthy, and still be satisfied. Not only that, it is delicious as well, and this is the perfect time to make it when citrus is in season!
Pasta is always a quick and easy satisfying weeknight meal, and with the wide selection of gluten free pastas Fresh and Natural Foods has to offer, you can still enjoy it, even on a gluten free diet. My favorites are the ones made with beans, because they are packed with protein and fiber as well as being just as tasty as regular pasta. The recipe I am sharing with you today combines it with a few simple ingredients. I add sun dried tomatoes and arugula for color and nutrients, and I add cubes of Miyoko’s Kitchen vegan mozzarella, because it is just as delicious as regular mozzarella without the dairy. It is a really delicious combination and it comes together in only about 20 minutes so you can enjoy your dinner fast!
Bath salts are a good way to sooth sore tired muscles, and by making the mixture yourself, you know that you are getting only good quality ingredients and no artificial fragrances. The recipe I am sharing with you today is a combination of sea salt, epsom salt and baking soda scented with lavender essential oil and it is just the thing to add to a bath to make it even more relaxing and beneficial to your body. Because there is nothing like a relaxing warm bath before bed. The aroma of lavender will relax your mind, and the salt will relax your muscles so that you can get a good nights sleep.
Almost everyone is in the mood for all things chocolate around Valentine’s Day, so I decided to make some chocolate chocolate chip oatmeal cookies! Oatmeal cookies are my favorites, and the chocolate version is even better than the original. Not only are they sweet and delicious, they also include fiber from the oats, and antioxidants from the dark chocolate and cacao powder so you are getting some good things along with your sweets. Not only that, but these happen to be vegan too! No dairy or eggs are included in these, but you would never know because they taste just as delicious. Also, they are sweetened with coconut sugar which is lower glycemic than regular sugar but still has the caramel like flavor of brown sugar. So, if you are looking for a healthier sweet for Valentine’s Day, bake up a batch of these! They are great for giving as gifts too, because chocolate and cookies are always welcome!