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May 20, 2014



Sometimes celebrations can be the trickiest time to stick with your healthy eating. We justify it saying, “Well, it's only once in a while on special occasions.” But when you have a big family and a lot of friends, “special occasions” can take over your social calendar with birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, engagements, weddings, and baby showers. Here are a few fun appetizers to make the many celebrations more enjoyable and healthy!

Chilled Strawberry-Rhubarb Soup

This recipe sounds so refreshing! As I’m writing this it’s 90° in San Francisco. Rhubarb is a very good source of vitamin K, lutein and calcium. Like many other red fruits and vegetables it is also high in antioxidants lycopene and anthocyanins. 1 Remember, you can never get enough antioxidants! Though to make this healthier I would recommend using raw unfiltered honey or grade B maple syrup as a sweetener instead of sugar. 

Lemon Dill Zucchini Chips

Tired of kale chips? I mean, they are healthy and yummy, but we like variety. Surprise your friends and family with this crunchy treat full of healthy nutrients! Himalayan salt provides a much higher mineral content than your standard table salt and is actually quite good for you. Zucchinis are high in fiber, magnesium and folate.  If you don’t have a dehydrator follow the directions here to bake in the oven instead. 

Roasted Fennel and Fig Salad

This simple, yet elegant salad is sure to be a big hit at any gathering. Interesting note about fennel, it contains a special form of vitamin C that is directly anti-microbial, making it very good for your immune system. 2

Paleo Kiwi Lemon Cheesecake

Don’t you love it when you can feel like you are eating something sinfully decadent and realize it’s actually either not bad for you or kind of healthy? Vegan cheesecakes are a weakness of mine, which isn’t a bad thing! The ingredients for this “cake” break down to nuts, coconut cream, and fruit. No flour, no dairy. While there is a lot of fat in this fine dessert, it’s the kind of fat you want. Coconut’s fat content is made up of predominantly medium-chain fatty acids. What this means is instead of needing a longer amount of time to metabolize like we need to for long chain fatty acids, medium-chained fatty acids are used very quickly for energy. Long chain fatty acids have their place too, especially omega-3 fatty acids ALA and EPA. These are found in flax seeds, walnuts and fish. As one of my teachers always said “You need everything all the time!” So in this case, you can have your cake and eat it too, guilt-free!

Dark Chocolate Mint Coconut Butter Cups

What is a celebration without some yummy desserts? I was pleasantly surprised to read that there is no added sugar in these rich dark chocolate treats. Have them out for guests or gift them as party favors, either way they are sure to be a success! Having dark chocolate once or twice per week can actually be good for your heart.3



Heather DiMambro

Certified Nutrition Consultant

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