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Wellness Weekend March 15-19

Are you feeling a little green (in a good way, that is!) on this Wellness Weekend Thursday? I rarely celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s so close to today’s WW, how could I miss it? 

So  feel free to share all your GREEN recipes this week–and any others that are healthy, sugar free and vegan, of course!. 

Newsy Tidbits

Lots of exciting news to share this week!  Here’s a recap: 

  • Essential Gluten Free Baking Guides: If you’re gluten-free, you likely already know about the long-awaited launch of two new books by gluten-free bakers extraordinaire, Iris Higgins and Brittany Angell.  Their twin set, The Essential Gluten Free Baking Guides parts I and II were published.  As the recipient of an ecopy of Volume I, all I can say is, ‘WOWZAH!” (mixed with quite a bit of drool in there). The books provide an in-depth look at all aspects of gluten-free baking and how to sub ingredients. The recipes sound phenomenal and the photos are stunning.  Stay tuned for a review as soon as I can bake a few samples–in the meantime, you can order your own copies here and here.

  • Better Health Summit: I’m honored to be part of this weekend-long online event happening March 17 and 18, hosted by Heather Nauta, a holistic nutritionist who blogs at Healthy Eating Starts Here.  Heather interviewed (via video) 14 of us in the holistic health field, including luminaries such as Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (Forks Over Knives), Donna Gates (Body Ecology Diet), Jack Norris (veganhealth.org), Dreena Burton (bestselling cookbook author) and more.  You can tune in each hour–or whenever you like–to hear the interviews, then play along with a virtual “scavenger hunt” for prizes (like my 3 ebooks!).  My video interview is at 4:00 PM on Sunday.
  • In My Gluten-Free Kitchen Event: Wendy from Celiacs in the House hosts a weekly event called My Gluten Free Kitchen in which she profiles the kitchen of a different gluten-free blogger.  Some of these are spectacular, some are cozy and welcoming, some are quirky–and all are fascinating! Tune in tomorrow for the next kitchen, or peek at previous posts. 
  • Sweet Victory is Back–and We’ve Got FIVE Free Spots to Give Away! You’ve heard me talk about it, and now it’s almost here–the Sweet Victory 2-week, online sugar detox that I co-teach with Andrea Nakayama of Replenish PDX! This course provides key information and strategies to rid yourself of sugar’s grip–plus a 2-week meal plan, recipes, and online support 24/7. We’ll be doing two live teleseminars during the course (recorded for later access if you miss them or want to review) with all the key info.  We’re giving away FIVE coveted spots in this course–worth $227 each–so if you’ve ever wanted to detox from sugar, now is the time! So far, Cara, Hallie and Deanna have posted their giveaways, so head over to each of them and enter!  More giveaways to come–stay tuned!

With spring so close, all I can think of is “fresh”!  That means fresh ingredients–but also any fresh take on a classic dish.  So that’s our theme this week! Some fresh entries:

  • Pineapple and Cucumber Guacamole from The Taste Space.  This just sounded SO fresh and interesting to me, I had to share it! 
  • Apple Celery Walnut Salad from A Life Unprocessed. Sort of like Waldorf Salad, only fresher!
  • Lavash Bhaji from Healthy Kitschy Vegan.  A fresh take on Indian street food, Pav Bhaji. I’d love this over a pudla (chickpea pancake), too!

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory: Nut Roast from GF, SCD and Veggie. I was delighted to see that you all clambor for nut roast as much as I do!

Readers’ Choice, Sweet: Homemade Protein Bars from Whole New Mom.  With 150+ views already on this recipe, Adrienne hit it out of the park with this do-it-yourself protein bar!

Thank you to every one of you who played along by submitting your recipes! I love seeing what you all make each week. I always look forward to seeing what you’ll come up with!

Please join us for Wellness Weekend this weekend! There are so many options for healthy foods. . . whether or not you’re vegan, remember that many salads, veggie side dishes, pasta dishes, desserts, smoothies, and more are naturally vegan and can all be included! 🙂

Here’s How to Participate–PLEASE NOTE NEW GUIDELINES!!

The event occurs once a week, starting Thursdays at 8:00 PM my time and running until Monday at midnight.

  1. Simply link up a recipe you made (and posted about) that contains health-supporting ingredients (see list below). You may link up older posts from your archives as long as they contain a link to this post. Please do not link more than once to the same page from your blog.
  2. Please link the post with your recipe, NOT your blog’s home page or another event page. The post must contain a recipe.
  3. You may submit more than one recipe, but please follow the guidelines for each one individually. ONLY ONE THUMBNAIL FROM EACH BLOG POST, PLEASE.
  4. Please be sure to mention this event and include a link back to this post so that others can find all the recipes posted!
  5. 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!
  6. As always, I hate to remove links, but will do so if they don’t comply with the guidelines. I will try to email you to let you know, but I can’t always do so–if you’re wondering why your post was removed, you can email me, or read the last section below.

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 sugar-free and vegan are more than welcome–so use that maple syrup, those mushrooms, that 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 (note that regular brown sugar is actually refined!);
  • Anything almost entirely artificial (ie, most boxed mixes, fast food, faux “cheese,” faux “meat,” or margarine, unnaturally colored cereals or other foods, etc.);
  • Animal products (meat, chicken, fish or seafood, or their by-products, gelatin, eggs, dairy, butter or honey).

Hey! Why was my entry removed?”

I will reluctantly remove any links that don’t comply. I apologize, but I will no longer be able to leave a comment telling you that I’ve removed a non-compliant link.

  • The most common reason entries are removed is because they don’t adhere to the guidelines: either they don’t contain a link back to this post, they contain ingredients that aren’t listed here, they are a re-post of a blog entry that is more than one week old, they link to another blog event, or they contain neither a recipe nor anything directly related to food preparation. If you render a recipe vegan-friendly by adding a vegan option to your ingredients, your post will be good to go! For older posts, you’re welcome to re-post them during the week of the event, or choose a newer recipe.
  • Another reason posts are removed is because the link leads to an advertisement or a business blog. Please do NOT link up posts that are merely referrals to a different post or the home page for another blog event.
  • Only one thumbnail per post, please. If your post contains two suitable recipes, link up once and people will still see all your fabulous recipes when they click on the linky. 🙂
  • I hate to have to remove links! PLEASE read the guidelines before posting!

And n0w. . . what have you been cooking up lately? Please share!




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