Healthy Labor Day Menu (Vegan)

It is almost that time to celebrate friends, family, food and some of the last days of summer sunshine. No matter what your plans are for Labor Day Weekend, it will inevitably (and understandably) be loaded with BBQs, sweets, and alcoholic beverages. For many people this means all of their hard work and great eating habits are thrown away. As you know, I firmly believe that you can have tasty feasts that are not only good for your body but contain the essential nutrients to keep your skin glowing. Today I am sharing my Healthy Labor Day Recipes so you can enjoy all the fun while staying healthy and happy.

These recipes can be made the day of and will have you feelin’ fit from the inside out. Some tips for a healthy BBQ or party include loading up on veggies, drinking plenty of water, and last but not least, being mindful of the foods you eat. Here are four recipes that are simple and will impress your tastebuds.


+Beverage

 

 

Watermelon Lime Smoothie 

Watermelon is full of vitamins and minerals but what makes it the optimal summertime fruit is that it is made up of 92% water, meaning it helps maintain your body’s water level during hot days.

Not to mention, its high vitamin content makes it a skin loving ingredient.

This Watermelon Lime Smoothie will without a doubt keep you hydrated, healthy and feeling refreshed on a warm summer day.

Ingredients:

2 cups watermelon cubes (seeds removed)

10-12 mint leaves

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp honey

1 tbsp fresh lime juice

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tsp rock salt

How-To:

  1. Add the watermelon and mint leaves to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Next add the cumin powder, honey, lime juice, rock salt, and ice cubes and blend again until well mixed.
  3. Serve in a glass, add chia seeds and enjoy!

+Appetizer

 

 

Fresh Fruit Salsa

Colorful, refreshing, and bursting with fresh fruit goodness. Pairs well with homemade cinnamon crisps and makes a fabulous summer appetizer.

This Fresh Fruit Salsa is a summer favorite, not only because of it’s refreshing effects, but also because of its skin loving ingredient- strawberry.

Rich source of vitamin C, dietary fibre, and folic acid, strawberries contain important nutrients for beautiful healthy skin. They are rich in the antioxidant ellagic acid that works against UV damage and prevents collagen destruction (a major cause of wrinkle formation). The acidic nature of the fruit also enables it to remove excess oil in the skin, making it great for those who have oily skin types. The juice itself is known as a very efficient skin brightening treatment thanks to the ellagic acid and skin lightening extracts it contains.

For full recipe visit The Pretty Bee.


+Main Dish

 

 

Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers

These are the perfect end-of-summer veggie burgers for your outdoor celebration. I find them to be extra delicious while being poolside with family and friends :)

Gluten-free, packed with protein, savory, and made with 2 superfoods with benefits you won’t want to miss out on.

One of the most protein-rich foods we can eat, quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, fiber, iron, and lysine. All of these contribute to healthy red blood cells, tissue growth and repair, and optimal blood pressure.

Next is the small shiny black shelled superfood - the black bean. Black beans contains a rich content of flavonoids with strong antioxidant properties (responsible for the black color of the beans’ skin). Additionally they are packed with minerals, protein, fiber, and certain vitamins. Just one cup of black beans provides nearly 50% of your daily value for fiber and 30% of your daily value for protein!


For full recipe visit Emilie Eats.


+Dessert

 

 

Raw Mango Tart

One of my favorite dessert recipes packed with nature’s flavor and power. One bite will have you appreciating the rich flavor of each of the ingredients in their natural form.

The crust is made mostly from coconut meat which is a great source of medium chain fatty acids, manganese which helps support proper blood sugar levels,  and copper which aids with red blood cell production. Mangos are one of my favorite fruits and they are packed with vitamin A which is very important for maintaining healthy mucos and skin.  Top the tart off with your favorite berries for an extra boost of antioxidant power.

Ingredients:

3 cups Coconut Crust

1 1⁄2 cups chopped fresh mangoes (2 mangoes) or frozen mango chunks, thawed and drained

1⁄2 cup chopped dried mangoes (cut into pieces with a scissors), soaked 10 minutes and drained

2 cups fresh raspberries

1 cup fresh blackberries

1 cup fresh blueberries

Coconut Crust:

Ingredients//

1 1⁄2 cups unsweetened shredded dried coconut

1 1⁄2 cups raw macadamia nuts or raw walnuts, unsoaked

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

1⁄2 cup pitted medjool dates, unsoaked

How-To:

For Crust//

Place the coconut, macadamia nuts or walnuts, and salt in a food processor fitted with the S blade and process until coarsely ground. Add the dates and process until the mixture breaks down into coarse crumbs and begins to stick together.

Filling//

Scoop the crust into a pie or tart pan. Use a light circular motion with your palm and fingers to distribute the crumbs uniformly along the bottom and up the sides of the pan. There should be a 3⁄4-inch lip of crumbs along the sides. After the crumbs are evenly distributed, press the crust down on the bottom of the pan using your fingers and palm. Then press the crust against the pan’s sides, shaping it so that the edges are flush with the rim. Place the crust in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Place the fresh and dried mangoes in a blender and process on high speed until smooth.

Remove the crust from the freezer and spread the mango mixture over the bottom. Place the berries in a mixing bowl and toss gently. Arrange the berries over the top of the tart so that the entire tart is covered. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator, Fruit Tart will keep for three days.

Recipe Inspired by: Live Raw Food

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