I’m one of those people who throw an annual holiday party, and every year I make a big bowl (okay, more like 2-3 bowls) of punch for my guests. I serve grown-up punch: its festive appearance (complete with fancy ice ring) belies its potency. People look forward to it because punch is one of those things that just screams “party.” Plus, pretty much nobody else I know makes punch.
Whether you’re looking to hit a craving for a luscious beverage or a more nutritious dessert, smoothie shooters are a fantastic option to include at any holiday spread. This recipe is packed with cranberries and bananas for a just-sweet-enough tang that lovers of great cranberry flavor will adore. Give it a more holiday twist with a little ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Let’s face it: the holidays are not all glowing and perfect like the picture found on the front of a Hallmark card. They are packed with last-minute gift giving, scrambling for your child who “forgot” to tell you they need a crimson collared shirt for their holiday concert, and well, just trying to keep up. Whether it’s because you’re too busy to get to the supermarket or craving less healthful foods, holiday stress reaches all aspects of your food choices. The good news is you’re not alone, and there are solutions to these common problems.
Figs are a delightful treat in the fall and winter. If you’re looking for non-alcoholic beverages to delight guests at a holiday party, try making up a big batch of this delicious smoothie and serving it in small cocktail glasses.
From special feasts to parties to family togetherness and comfy stay-in-your-jammies-and-watch-the-snow-fall day, there’s lots to enjoy and be thankful for at holiday time. Sometimes we get pretty wrapped up in our own lives and preparations for the holidays, but this is an important time to check in with the older people in our lives. Why? Well, for many elderly people, the holidays don’t seem so fun and festive anymore. Of course, there are a variety of reasons why, many of which have nothing to do nutrition. But with food being such a central part of the holidays, I think it makes sense to give the elderly a little extra attention in the nutrition and eating department. If you don’t have an older person in your family to help care for, there’s a good chance that you do have an elderly neighbor, friend or even acquaintance you see regularly in your community.
Whether folks are following plant-based diets out of concern for their health, compassion for animals, or care for the environment, vegan eating is on the rise. If you are your guests are trying to avoid animal products this Thanksgiving, these recipes (with minor modifications) will help you get flavor on the table without compromising your commitment to eating plants.
Maybe the Norman Rockwell picture of the perfect round and golden turkey isn’t the plan for your Thanksgiving table. Possibly your guests don’t like turkey, are vegetarian, or just don’t want poultry on a night when they are gathering with family and can eat anything.
Mashed potatoes are a beloved Thanksgiving tradition, but let’s be honest: the science of the food situation means that mashed potatoes made with no dairy are a tough sell with traditionalists. Sour cream, butter and cream aren’t the easiest things to replace convincingly. That’s doesn’t mean vegans need to despair of enjoy amazing potatoes! When you roast potatoes at high temperatures, plant-based oils are what you want to use, vegan or not. Make this recipe full vegan by swapping out the butter at service for a little drizzle of your favorite herb-infused olive oil.