Posts tagged ‘healthy appetizers’

September 18, 2013

Oh Baby! Time to Celebrate!

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What do you do after two siblings announce they are expecting babies the same week? You grab your super woman cape and spring into laser-focused shower mode. As “Cool Aunt Lacey” I get to host two baby showers and one additional for a great girlfriend of mine within the next month, so I have been scouring blogs, Pinterest, and my own imagination to create three separately-themed, equally-glorious baby celebrations.

I’d like to share some of my favorite “Fit and Fun” baby shower recipes. Just because you’re celebrating, doesn’t mean you need to forgo all will power and see how much sugar you can eat during one party. Remember, there’s a little one on the way that you’ll need to keep up with. Now is the time to get serious about endurance and clean nourishment. However, to avoid a mass exodus before you’ve given a toast to the momma-to be, the food must be tasty, too. I think you’ll enjoy these!

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To re-create a Dr. Seuss favorite, serve Green Deviled Eggs!

Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks; set whites aside. In a small bowl, mash yolks with mustard, vinegar, nutritional yeast, Italian seasoning, spinach shavings, and sea salt. Spoon the mixture into egg whites, and refrigerate until serving.

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Power Cupcakes (Moms have super powers, right?) 

Protein Rich Frosting

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Advocare’s Muscle Gain), 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese, 1/2 Greek yogurt, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1-2 packets of Stevia. Mix together.

Cake

1 cup oat flour
, 2 scoops vanilla protein
, 2 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour, 
4 egg whites, 
1/2 cup applesauce, 
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 
1 tbsp vanilla extract, 

4-6 packets of Stevia, 1/2 tsp baking soda
, 1/4 tsp baking powder. Mix together and bake!

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What child doesn’t love playing in the mud?

Mudslide Smoothies

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen banana slices
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 cup milk (almond/soy/cows)

Directions

Put all ingredients in a blender and mix for about a minute or until smooth.

Should you need some more ideas for your upcoming baby or bridal shower, let me know. With three sisters, I created my event portfolio a while back, and feel like a pro! To re-charge your body after hosting an event (or multiple events), check with your nearest holistic wellness practitioner (or me) about receiving a ionic foot soak. You’ll need to re-charge your body’s battery after all that hard work!

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Did you know?

  • A mini-baby shower, or a shower for a second, third child is called a “Sprinkle?”
  • The original intent of showers was for women to share wisdom and lessons on the art of becoming a mother. (Yikes—I better step it up.)
  • The baby shower is typically arranged and hosted by a close friend rather than a member of the family (now you tell me…)
  • In Brazil, a party called “chá de bebê” (baby tea) is offered before birth (I everyone to say “cha’ de bebe” out loud—it’s fun.)

In celebration, Aunt Lacey

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December 15, 2012

Veggie Christmas Tree

Nice veggie tree online

Hi, there, HH Family and Friends! It’s Brooke here. Are you looking for a show-stopping appetizer for your holiday parties or for Christmas dinner? I have a great solution for you . . . a Veggie Christmas Tree! Now, for those of you who are craft-challenged like I am, just take a deep breath and relax. I worried about making this little masterpiece all week long, and when I finally got to it, this project was surprisingly easy and fun. This is also a great way to involve your kiddos in your kitchen festivities. Here is the link that I got my instructions from: http://www.squidoo.com/veggie-christmas-tree. I had too many veggies (is that possible?), so I adjusted the amount of broccoli, etc. from the recipe online.

What You Need

-For this project, you will need some craft items and plenty of fresh veggies.
-I used 8″x3″ green Styrofoam cone, for a just over 12″ tall finished tree, so the shopping list will work for this size tree.
-If you want a smaller or larger tree, just adjust your groceries accordingly.

Craft Items:
– Styrofoam cone – approx. 8”x3″
– small disposable veggie tray (you will be hot gluing the tree to the tray, so plastic, disposable works best BUT you could forego the glue and just set the tree on a nice dish, too)
– hot glue gun & glue sticks (optional)
– flat toothpicks
– round wooden skewers (optional)
– Linzer tart cookie cutter (for tiny star shape cutter)
– wire cutter or strong scissor (to cut skewers)

Grocery List:
– 2 large bunches Broccoli
– 1 large Broccoliflower
– 1 large Cauliflower
– 1+ Red Bell Pepper (depending if you would like to serve extra on the side)
– 1+ Yellow Bell Pepper (depending if you would like to serve extra on the side)
– 1 package cherry tomatoes
– 1 jar cocktail onions
– 1 bag of baby carrots

STEP 1 – Hot glue your Styrofoam cone to your plastic tray (optional). This makes a stable base and makes transportation very easy.STEP 2 – Cut your Broccoli, Cauliflower and broccoliflower into dipping sized pieces. Sizes should vary but shouldn’t be too large or too small.

STEP 3 – Attach your broccoli and broccoliflower to the cone with ROUND toothpicks, grouped in clusters, with larger pieces at the bottom and graduating up to the top. Don’t worry if there are small holes in your design, they will be filled in later with carrots and other decorations.

When you get to the top, and toothpicks are not long enough, cut skewers with a wire cutter or strong scissor to pick your veggies into place until you achieve a perfect tree shape.

STEP 4 – Cut 1 red pepper and 1 yellow pepper into dipping size strips. Tuck the ends of those strips into the tree, in a spiral, starting at the top and spiraling down to the bottom. Tuck a carrot in next to them to hold them in if needed. No toothpicks needed, here.

STEP 5 – Poke carrot sticks intermittently in holes between the broccoli and broccoliflower florets. No toothpicks needed.

STEP 6 – Use FLAT toothpicks to secure cherry tomatoes and cocktail onions to the tree. Poke small side all the way through onion or tomato. Press tomato or onion into tree.

STEP 7 – Cut out stars with small linzer tart cookie cutter from 1 yellow pepper. Save 1 large piece to hand cut 1 larger star for top, or make a paper stencil or use a larger cookie cutter if you’d like for large star.

Secure stars with toothpicks poked and secured right in broccoli pieces.

STEP 8 – Fill tray base with cauliflower.

STEP 9 – Refrigerate until serving. I spritzed it with water and covered with Press ‘N Seal, and it still looked completely fresh the next day!

Dips to Go With the Tree

You can also offer a selection of healthy dips for your guests to enjoy as they dismantle the tree. Hummus makes a wonderful, protein-rich dip for raw veggies. And if you think hummus tastes only slightly more interesting than wallpaper paste, you need to follow me! Here are two of my favorites:

Baby Zach’s Spicy Smoked BBQ Hummus—I mark the start of my love affair with hummus the day I tasted this. All of Baby Zach’s hummus blends are creative, vegan (and gluten-free), and delicious. You will be SO glad you tried it. Here’s the link: http://babyzachs.com/products/

Eat Well Enjoy Life’s Spicy Yellow Lentil Hummus (with Sunflower Seeds and Apricots)—If you like your food tricked up and awesome tasting, you have to try this gem. Eat Well Enjoy Life has a number of great hummus blends, which are also vegan and gluten-free. They will change your opinion of healthy snacking, I promise! Here’s the link: http://eatwell-enjoylife.com/our-hummus/

The Finished Product

My version of veggie tree

Well, mine didn’t turn out quite as lovely as the one shown at the beginning, but no matter. I still had fun putting it together, and you will too. Good luck and healthy holidays to you!

Cheers,

Brooke