It's almost Thanksgiving; time to bring back those heavenly bars pictured above.
Yaaaas. But first..
The fact that the holidays are here already truly blows my mind. Was it not just bikini weather guys? Perhaps it's because the whole month of November for me has been a whirlwind with traveling across the country for work and play, followed by more play and birthday celebrations (I know, poor me), but this past weekend I gave myself full permission to finally just sit still. I truly needed a breather to just r e l a x before the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and Christmas hits. Anyone with me?
Holidays are a time of celebration that often include traveling, visiting with loved ones, and expressing gratitude for what you have in life. Though the latter often times gets put to the wayside and replaced with stress, spending unnecessary amounts of money on gifts to 'prove' you care, and eating your way through holiday parties. Woof.
If we all took the time to slow down and just reflect on what we have instead of creating additional chaos in our lives or comparing ourselves to others during this time, I think we'd all be a little better off (and our wallets & waistlines would prob thank us as well).
In an upcoming post I'll delve into my own ways that I plan on relieving stress and staying connected with my Self during the holiday season, but for now I wanted to leave you with a couple recipes from the previous year that I think will pleasantly please a crowd. Even your burly, meat-eating and ice-cream lovin' Uncle will approve, promise.
For a morning bite to tie you over before the big feast, try my Vegan Pumpkin Bread. A much healthier alternative than your traditional coffee shop bread thanks to oats, flax, and natural sugars from fruit/veg. This bread will still leave you satisfied with its amazing pumpkin and spice flavor, but won't send your blood sugar soaring.
For a warm and soothing starter, try my Roasted Butternut Squash Coconut Soup. The coconut brings in a good twist to a classic fall favorite.
And lastly, for a dessert that will knock people's socks off, try my Dark Chocolate Covered Caramel Pumpkin Bars. What's amazing is that this dessert is totally raw and contains all real-food ingredients. A dessert that actually nourishes you? I say bring it on.
Happy gobbling, folks!