Have a HEALTHY Holiday!

If you’re like me, the holiday season brings the joys of discerning the “safe” holiday foods from those that will leave you feeling like a bloated whale ready to go belly up. Although I do love the occasional indulgent peanut butter ball, I prefer to know that at least some of the foods adorning the table on Christmas Eve are “Claire-approved,” as my friends and family would say. This is why, for the next few days, I’ll be posting (mostly) vegan, healthy modifications to some of my holiday favorites! (You don’t want to end up looking like Santa when it’s all said and done, do you?)

Veg Out

Yogi, earth worshipper, hippie, animal-lover, tree-hugger, blonde-haired freak…feel free to call me one, a combination, or all of the above (don’t worry, I won’t get offended easily). For the past five months or so, I’ve come to a (semi) new way of thinking…in some aspects, at least. I’ve decided to veg out..or in other words, go vegetarian/almost vegan (at times I still can’t resist the occasional Greek yogurt). Why do I need meat anyways? It’s not sustainable, earth friendly, or by any means humane. There’s plenty of other, healthier, artificial hormone-free protein sources out there for me to experiment with and I intended on doing so (my body and the animal population applauds my decision). I know that deciding not to eat met may seem, to some people, like I’m voluntarily placing one of those cones on my head so hated by dogs that makes it ten times harder to eat, but to tell you the truth it’s rather freeing. Instead of having the options of chicken, steak, or pork for dinner, I now have to decide between tofu, tempeh, vegan chicken, and a multitude of other options. It’s new, it’s different, it’s weird, and I like it. It puts cooking into a new, more challenging perspective, and fosters a certain creativity that typical “American” cooking restricts. So as I get back into the blog groove, I’ll be focusing on vegetarian and mostly vegan recipes….and while I’m not in the kitchen, I’ll either have my nose in the school books or my feet on the yoga mat. Until next time, good food and good vibes (: