Fall season is in full swing now and I hope all of you have been taking advantage. There are so many great fall activities to do with your family and friends. Going to your local pumpkin patch or going apple picking is a great family activity to do on a weekend when the kids are out of school and the whole family can spend some quality time together. I’ve found a great way to use apples in the fall is to make apple turnovers. What better way to use all those apples you pick with your family then to create a wonderful dessert for them! This apple turnover recipe is easy and simple enough that even your kids can help you make them. I was inspired by Hannah of House Vegan for this perfect fall weather dessert. Give this recipe a try this weekend.
- 2 medium apples (I suggest honeycrisp, fuji, or gala apples. This way you don’t need to add as much additional sugar since the fruit is already sweet.)
- ½ tsp of Ground Cinnamon
- ¼ tsp of Ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp or 2 Stevia packets
- 1 lemon
- oil spray-coconut
- a fork
- 1 Vegan puff pastry (This recipe from veganbaking.net is a good option: ( http://www.veganbaking.net/recipes/pastries/puff-pastry) Or if you can find vegan puff pastry at your local grocery store that will work too.
- Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Roll out your prepared dough.
- Cut dough into squares. The size on this can vary depending if you want to create mini-turnovers for the kids or want more regular sized ones for adults.
- Wash apples and cut into small-diced pieces. Leave the skin for extra fiber.
- Place the cut apple pieces in a bowl and add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and stevia sugar. Next add the juice of one lemon (careful with the seeds).
- Now grab a spoonful of the apple mixture and spread it diagonally on one half of one of the puff pastry square. Fold the pastry sheet to cover the apple mixture. You can add a little bit of water on the edges of the pastry square for it to seal better.
- Then grab a fork and run it along the edges to secure the apple mixture inside the dough. Lastly, make some 1-2 small cuts at the top to allow some of the heat to go through.
- Line the triangles on a cookie sheet and spray them with the coconut oil spray. Place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.
- Serve warm.
Rice is perhaps one of the simplest and commonly used grain and source of energy for most people in the world. And for good reason, according to an article on Live Science, rice is a highly nutritious food with high fiber content and low in calories. Brown rice is known as a low “glycemic index” food which means it won’t raise a person’s blood sugar levels as much as other foods. Vitamins founds in whole grains like brown rice include vitamin B, iron, magnesium and selenium.
Brown rice is a great healthy option to add to your salad for lunch or to your dinner plate. However, simple brown rice can get a little boring after a while. Try this updated version for dinner with your family next time or take it as a dish for the next church potluck.
- 1 cup of uncooked brown rice
- 1/3 cup of apricots
- 1/3 cup of sliced almonds
- 1 tsp of curry powder
- 1-2 tsp of grape seed oil
- Cook the brown rice as listed under directions on the package
- Once the rice is cooked, on a separate pan over medium-high heat add a tsp of the grape seed oil and sliced almonds. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add remaining grape seed oil if needed.
- Next add the curry powder and cooked rice to the pan. Stir all together. The curry will give it a warm gold color.
- Chop the apricots and add to the rice.
- Lastly, add chopped Parsley for garnish.
- This golden rice recipe is a nice break from the plain everyday brown rice and even adds a little color to your dinner plate. Another option is adding some sautéed or oven roasted veggies like zucchini, mushrooms and bell peppers to your plate alongside the golden rice.
Link to article from Live Science:
Healthy Halloween Say What???
Halloween is a holiday based around nibbling on those sweets. Americans spend roughly around $2 billion dollars on all the treats for this holiday and most homes around the country will be handing out candy to the kids (and adults.) So, as most of you know I am not a fan of giving children (or anyone) sugar. Giving out healthy snacks can help out with the dreaded sugar high and crash. So here is a list of healthy Halloween treats that everyone will love!
Kind bars are made with wholesome ingredients. You can find whole grains, dried fruit and nuts. Trick or treaters will be trilled with a full side bar instead of the traditional fun size candies. Check them out here: https://bit.ly/2CYd5po
These yummy treats come in all sorts of flavors! They have pumpkin spice, chocolate chip, lemon poppy seed, peanut butter & jelly, etc… They are the perfect size to hand out for the holiday. They only use wholesome ingredients and everything is 100% organic. You can be proud to hand these out! Check them out here: https://bit.ly/2AlEfEk
Now these sweet little treats are made with coconut milk instead of dairy. If you love caramel, then you will love these! The little two pack treats are perfect for the holiday season. These are wonderful to hand out or have for a festive party! Check them out here: https://bit.ly/2PN7027
With these delicious treats, everyone can enjoy with out the worry. These are definitely mom approved. Let me know what yummy and healthy treats you suggest for this time of year!
While summer brings plenty of strawberries, blackberries, cherries, etc. fall brings apples, squash, potatoes and the main ingredient in this recipe-pears. According to Medical News Today, pears are rich in antioxidants and fiber. The increased fiber can help you stay fuller longer and therefore enhance weight loss. This fiber intake has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels and the high levels of antioxidants can help or prevent damage to cells caused by free radicals. This easy and simple pear dessert is effortless and makes the kitchen clean up process minimal.
- Bosc Pears (or any other type you prefer, always unpeeled)
- Vegan butter
- A handful of chocolate wafers 70%
- Mint (for garnish)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut pears into half, taking out the core with a spoon or melon baller.
- Line the pears up on a cookie sheet. Drop a little bit of vegan butter into the core of the pear halves.
- Leave in the oven for about 30 or until they feel tender when you insert a fork.
- While the pears are cooking grab a small bowl and small saucepan where the first bowl may fit into it. Pour water into the saucepan and place the smaller bowl inside so that it is floating in the water. Drop the chocolate wafers into the smaller bowl and stir. The indirect heat will start to melt the chocolate.
- Take the pears out of the oven and drizzle with the chocolate. Chop the mint and add to the pears for garnish and added flavor. Serve warm.
This is a quick and easy yet great way to elevate a simple fruit for dessert when you have company over or just want to treat your self to a special after dinner treat. Pears have lots of health benefits and makes it a pear-fect option for dessert.
Link to health article:
For more yummy fall recipes check out my roasted parsnip salad:
There is something about getting on a plane in one place, and stepping off a couple of hours later and being in a different time zone, climate, and culture. It amazes me every time I fly.
But on the other hand flights can be very exhausting. So having enough food to eat is very important to help keep you energized and it can help pass the time for those long flights.
Being a vegan can sometimes be tricky, especially when you’re thousand of feet up in the air with limited options. So planning ahead is key. Here are my ways to fly vegan style.
Bring your own food
By bringing your own food you are guaranteed to have something delicious to enjoy on your flight. This also helps eliminate having to find vegan food at the airport.
One of my favorite meals to prepare for a flight is veggie wraps.
- 1 flavored tortilla (I like spinach or red pepper)
- Sliced of cucumber
- Shredded carrots
- Sliced Veggie Meat
- Side of vegan ranch or hummus for dipping
This is simple and is great for traveling when the dipping sauce is kept separate.
Order a Vegan Meal
Now that vegan is becoming a bigger trend, most airlines are now giving vegan options. Usually when booking a longer flight they have options asking a wide range of dietary preferences. I have also found that when you order with a dietary preference then the meals are usually better than the “normal” plane food. Woot Woot! You can usually manage these preferences within 48 hours before your flight to be safe.
Traveling for business, sometimes I have quick flights and am not in need of a full meal on a plane. This is when I pack a variety of meal bars, dried fruit and treats. I am a fan of the Larabar. They are complete vegan and come in a variety of flavors. They usually only have a few ingredients, which is great!
These bars are also very easy to throw into a bag and go. They are a great and healthy way to stay full when you are not able to sit and enjoy a full meal.
This is probably one of the most important things to do when traveling, Hydrate! Eating healthy food on a plane is great but our bodies need to stay hydrated. I feel that most people are dehydrated when flying because no one can bring in water and lets face it, airport bottled water in expensive.
So one tip I have for you is to ask your flight attendant for extra water. Normally they hand out the little cup of water but I have learned to ask for the entire bottle. This way I drink plenty and do not have to keep asking for more.
I hope all of these traveling tips help all of you on your next flight! If you have any tips please let me know if the comments!
Weekday mornings can often be hectic, running around getting the kids ready for school and getting ready for work yourself, leaving very little time to cook a full meal for you and them. And when you do get a few minutes to give the little ones something to eat you are often too busy to grab a bite to eat yourself. But it’s important to fuel and nourish your own body for the day ahead as well. My easy and simple solution for those rushed mornings is overnight oats!
Overnight oats are quick and easy to prepare with lots of health benefits. If you have a mason jar and a few simple ingredients, this recipe will quickly become your go-to weekday breakfast.
1 mason jar
½ cup of Organic Old Fashion Rolled Oats
1 tsp of Chia seeds
1/3 cup of vanilla flavored Almond yogurt
2/3 cup of coconut-almond milk
Grab your mason and pour ½ cup of organic old-fashion rolled oats.
Next pour 2/3 cup of Almond and Coconut blended milk or whatever dairy alternative milk you prefer.
Add 1 tsp of chia seeds.
Lastly, add 1/3 cup of vanilla flavored almond yogurt. Place the lid on the jar sealing it tightly and give it a few shakes to mix all the ingredients together.
Leave the jar overnight in the fridge.
The next morning your overnight oats should be slightly thicker. If they are too thick to your liking simply add more “milk.”
The final step is adding the toppings. This is the part where you can get creative with overnight oats. I suggest picking one type of fresh fruit like banana, strawberries, or blueberries (btw check out my blog post on blueberry ice cream). Add a nut like walnuts, sliced or whole almonds, or pistachios to add a nice crunch. Walnuts like chia seeds are packed with omega-3s.
Since our bodies can’t produce omega-3 fatty acids on their own, we have to intake them either through supplements or certain foods. According to the National Institutes of Health omega-3s help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and heart failure. So don’t skip out on these healthy fats from your diet.
Once you’ve added your choice of fruit and nuts add a dash of cinnamon and some dates for sweetness. Lastly, I’ve found adding a sprinkle of edible flowers elevates these overnight oats making the final presentation look beautiful and in turn making you enjoy this dish even more. Not a bad way to start the day!
Link to study/research on Omega-3s: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-HealthProfessional/