Happy 4th of July fellow Vegan eaters! On days like today where there are parties to attend and social eating is at large, it can be challenging to stay on your vegan, raw, and gluten free lifestyle. Here are 3 tips that will help you stay on track with your healthy eating plan when you are in an environment that vegan eating may not be the “Norm”.
1. Remember the reasons WHY you have chosen a new way of eating. It may be for specific health reasons, weight loss, allergies, or simply to climb up the nutritional chain. Your internal body is becoming more alive with the new life force of foods that you are now feeding it. This is exciting and should make you feel happy with your choice to stay on track!
2. If attending a party, stay close to foods in there natural state; raw and cooked veggies, salads, fruits, nuts and seeds, raw fish. Take your own home made favorite dish and munch on this with other good choices. Most importantly enjoy the company you are in without to much emphasis on the food.
3. Offer to have the gathering at your house, this is the perfect excuse to make some of the dishes you have been wanting to try out. Have fun experimenting with new ingredients and sharing your creations with family and friends!
Pumpkin Seed Salad with Vegan Salad Dressing:
1 head of Organic Lettuce
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
1 Red Bell Pepper
10 Cherry Tomato
8 Olives (pitted)
1 Cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp Organic Olive Oil
3 tbsp Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Cup Cashews
2 tbsp Agave
1 Cup Almonds
1 Cup Lemon (squeezed)
Sea Salt, thyme, black pepper (season to taste)
Directions for Salad:
Rinse lettuce with filtered water and drain dry, rinse both bell peppers, remove seeds and dice, remove shell and core of avocado, scoop out the flesh and dice, rinse cucumber and dice, rinse cherries. Put all ingredients in a big bowl, add olive oil and toss well. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top.
Directions for Salad Dressing:
Grind the almonds and cashews until very fine. Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor for 1/2 min to 1 min. Add to top of Salad.
*Salad dressing can be a dip for Veggies or in replacement for Mayo.
Is there anything in your kitchen that you can toss out today and replace with a healthier choice?
What are some of your strategies and ways that help you stay on track with this new lifestyle?
Email me with comments on this blog or share your ideas, I would love to hear from you!!
To your health and beauty!