New Years 2021: Recipe for Cinnamon Star Cookies

Celebrate the New Year with cinnamon star cookies! Made with only 4 ingredients, these chewy cookies fill your taste buds with the flavors of orange and cinnamon. This recipe was adapted from a German Christmas cookie called Zimtsterne and is made with almond flour, an orange, spices, and powdered sugar. 

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Why This Fruit Salad is an Ideal Breakfast, Side Dish, or Dessert

This colorful combination of sweet and juicy fruit makes for a delicious dessert. It’s also a great breakfast and can serve as a tasty salad to go with any meal. Add some fresh mint, plus the orange, lime and honey dressing for a perfect compliment to the health-boosting fruit.

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Spice Cake with Cashew Icing: Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free

Enjoy this tasty and healthy cake recipe. Serve Spice Cake with a maple-sweetened cashew icing sprinkled with pomegranate seeds for an upscale festive look that’s delicious to eat.

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Vegan Christmas Dinner Everyone in Your Family Will Enjoy!

You don’t have to sacrifice flavor when eating healthy during the holidays! I love serving tasty delicious meals that build our immune systems and heal our bodies.  Nutrient dense, low-fat foods leave you feeling satisfied and content.

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5 Delicious Cookies That Won’t Derail Your Health Goals

A holiday treat can fit into a healthy lifestyle. It may be an adjustment saying “no” to traditional Christmas treats, but having alternatives that support your body is a gift you can give yourself and your loved ones.

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Coconut Macaroons : Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg Free Dessert

This healthier version of coconut macaroons are perfect to share with family and friends. People with food allergies don’t need to miss out on enjoying a holiday treat. This recipe uses almond flour, but leaves out the eggs whites and milk. I love that it’s sweetened with only pure maple syrup.  With just a few ingredients and a food processor, Coconut Macaroons can be made quickly for a melt-in-your-mouth delicious treat!

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Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranates

I’m excited to serve this easy green and red salad for Christmas dinner. Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranate tastes best when made in advance so the lemon, honey and avocado oil has time to tenderize the Brussels sprouts. 

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Lemon Garlic Green Beans: Tasty, Quick & Easy Holiday Dish

If you are looking for an easy tasty vegetable dish at your holiday table, I suggest Lemon Garlic Green Beans. While green bean casserole is a holiday favorite, this simple delicious recipe is better for you, has less calories and is free of common allergens. 

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Yes, These Cookies Really Are Made with Tahini … and They’re Delicious

Christmas cookies are a tasty part of our holiday celebration. These delicious Thumbprint Cookies contain healthy ingredients that I enjoy serving to my loved ones. The tahini gives them a nutty flavor. The jam on top not only provides a festive look, but compliments the crunchy rich cookie.

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How to Make My Favorite Bath Salts: Holiday Gift of Relaxation

For years I’ve been enjoying Epsom salt baths.  Recently, I started adding two additional ingredients that have increased the healing benefits of my bath.  My favorite bath salt recipe now includes Epsom salt, baking soda and sea salt. Adding baking soda and sea salt helps heal skin irritations and small wounds, as well as, easing sore muscles and improving relaxation.

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Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

Rice crispy treats are a favorite gluten-free treat in our home. This healthier version uses honey and cashew butter to make a delicious sweet creamy coating over the puffed rice. You won’t be sacrificing any flavor when eating these clean satisfying whole food treats. 

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Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan

Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites are a quick and easy no-bake snack that’s good for you! The combination of chocolate, hazelnuts, and dried cherries is delicious, and makes a tasty holiday treat. I appreciate having healthy alternatives that support my body especially at Christmas time. 

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Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy: A Holiday Meal and Weekday Delight

This recipe is perfect for a holiday meal. It’s a beloved traditional recipe that has been upgraded: packed with healing foods! I especially enjoy it as a comfort food on cold wintry nights.

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Thanksgiving Week Meal Plan – November 23rd – November 29

The holidays can be a busy time. With the added uncertainty 2020 has brought, I wanted to support you with a healthy menu plan for the week of Thanksgiving!  Seven days of dinner recipes to help de-stress your life this week. As an added bonus, I have included some Thanksgiving meal preparations to make your holiday cooking run smoother. 

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The holidays can be a busy time. With the added uncertainty 2020 has brought, I wanted to support you with a healthy menu plan for the week of Thanksgiving!  Seven days of dinner recipes to help de-stress your life this week. As an added bonus, I have included some Thanksgiving meal preparations to make your holiday cooking run smoother. 

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Simple Satisfying Thanksgiving Menu: Healthy, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Vegan Option

Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving 2017 is mine! I am thankful for memories of loved ones and joyful fellowship around the dinner table. Thanksgiving 2020 will be celebrated differently due to restrictions on gatherings in our state.  Enjoying a traditional meal with close family will maintain some familiarity and comfort in these unsettling times. 

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Quick & Easy Popular Holiday Side Dish

Oven roasted Brussels sprouts are quick and easy to prepare, making them the perfect side dish for your holiday meal. This is one dish where simple is better! All you do is roast brussels sprouts in the oven with a little olive oil for 20 minutes and these delicious vegetables are ready to serve.

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Apricot Bars: Holiday Snack – Sweet, Chewy & Easy

Staying away from sugar during the holidays can be a huge challenge! These tasty apricot bars help me get through the holidays without feeling deprived. With only 4 ingredients, they are quick and easy to make in a food processor. These bars keep in the freezer for 1 month. They thaw quickly so I can remove a few from the freezer when I’m craving a sweet treat. 

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Cauli-Mashed Potatoes: Delicious & Dairy-Free

Cauli-mashed potatoes is a dish worthy of any holiday table. Adding cauliflower to mashed potatoes is a delicious way to include more veggies in your meal. I prefer this creamy recipe over traditional mashed potatoes.

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Vegan No-Bake Pumpkin Pie: Delicious Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Egg-Free Dessert

Pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving are a perfect match. This no-bake pie is a healthy take on the Thanksgiving classic and will support your body, leaving you satisfied during the holidays. I love knowing this tasty dessert is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free and contains no refined sugars.

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Pomegranate Apple Salad: Easy-to-Make Healthy Holiday Recipe

This beautiful nutritious salad is perfect for the holidays. Spring greens, pomegranates and apples support your body with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants building up your immune system as you enjoy these delicious flavors.

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Holiday Butternut Squash Wild Rice Pilaf

Of all the pilaf recipes I’ve tried, this one is my favorite. It is a hearty, slightly sweet, and deeply satisfying dish that is perfect for the holidays. It’s also a wonderful vegetarian main dish and makes a great lunch the next day.

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Lemony Kale Salad with Dried Blueberries & Olives: Quick & Easy, Family Favorite

If you are looking for that special salad to take to your next event… this is it! It’s quick and easy to make and taste better over time.  The food combination of lemon, dried blueberries and olives with kale is superb. 

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Lentil-stuffed Squash with Herbs & Mushrooms: A Thanksgiving Dish or Meal on It’s Own

This recipe is a favorite Thanksgiving dish for our plant-based family members!  Satisfying mushrooms plus sage, oregano and thyme adds nutrition and flavor to the lentils. 

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