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New Blog Event (Summer Wellness Weekends)!

[“You know what they say about an apple a day, right, Mum?”]

Okay. . . now that you’ve all stopped laughing at the rudimentary blog badge I created above (thanks to all on Facebook who recommended Picnik. . . talk about a steep learning curve), it’s time to introduce the event!

Y’all probably know how much I love the SOS Kitchen Challenge, the monthly event that I co-host with my buddy Kim over at Affairs of Living.  Each month, Kim and I choose a key ingredient for the challenge (usually in season, though not always) and ask you all to create a sweet or savory recipe using it.  It’s lots of fun and we always get amazingly creative recipe contributions (like Peaceful Purple Ice Cream, Blueberry Pielets, Blueberry Buckle, or Blueberry Coconut Scone Bites–mmm!).

With the SOS on hiatus until September, though, I realized that I’ll really miss having a recipe sharing event!  So to tide us all over until then, I’m introducing a new weekly event on my blog: Summer Wellness Weekends!   It’s my own little locale where I’ll invite you all to share recipes that you made during the previous week, ones that contain ingredients known to support good health (and of course you’re invited to participate even if it’s not summer where you are right now!).

As you probably know if you’ve read this blog for any length of time, I promote a sugar-free, gluten-free, whole foods, vegan diet.  But as a Holistic Nutritionist, I know that what I eat isn’t always the healthiest option for everyone else. 

So here’s what you need to know to participate (PLEASE READ THESE GUIDELINES CAREFULLY BEFORE LINKING UP):

  1. The event will occur once a week, starting on Thursday evenings and running until Monday evenings throughout the summer.
  2. Simply link up a recipe you made (and posted about) within the past week that contains health-supporting ingredients (see list below)Use the Linky Tool at the bottom of the page. 
  3. Please link the post with your recipe, NOT your blog’s home page.
  4. You may submit more than one recipe, but please follow the guidelines for each one individually.
  5. Please be sure to mention this event and include a link back to this post so that others can find all the recipes posted!
  6. Feel free to use the blog badge, above (or see the left sidebar of this page–if you need the html code, let me know and I’ll send it to you). Many thanks to Adrienne of Whole New Mom for setting up the badge code for me!
  7. As always, I hate to remove links, but will do so if they don’t comply with the guidelines.

What your recipe CAN contain:

  • Any good-for-you, whole foods, especially those with antioxidant properties or “functional foods” (ie, offering naturally medicinal or health-promoting qualities–such as garlic, coconut oil, all vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc.)–but any fresh, real food is welcome!
  • Natural sweeteners (coconut sugar, agave, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, stevia, Sucanat, rapadura, coconut nectar, yacon syrup, etc.)
  • Vegan ingredients (even if you’re not vegan, OF COURSE you can still play along! You’ll be surprised at how many foods are naturally vegan; and if not, there are many subs you can use for eggs, milk or butter–include vegan options and we’re good to go!).  
  • Note that this is NOT AN ACD-ONLY EVENT!  Any real food ingredients that are sugarfree and vegan are more than welcome–so use that maple syrup, mushrooms, nutritional yeast, miso, etc!  I’m just looking for healthy, whole foods recipes. :)

What your recipe cannot contain:

  • White flour, white sugar, or any highly refined, highly processed ingredients
  • Anything almost entirely artificial (ie, most boxed mixes, fast food, unnaturally colored cereals or other foods, etc.)
  • Animal products (meat, chicken, fish or seafood, or their by-products, gelatin, eggs, dairy, butter or honey)

During the summer, it’s so easy to create healthy dishes with the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables! And even if it’s not summer where you are, there are still loads of foods that could be considered good for your health and contain natural ingredients. 

I can’t wait to see what y’all mix up! 😀

“Sounds great, Mum!  So, can I eat that apple now?”

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