• Hosting a Healthy Potluck

    Happy Tuesday everyone!

    So often I hear how people have a hard time figuring out how to eat healthy and what to cook. Bethany decided to host a dinner party at her house last week and I thought it would be a great opportunity to share with you all how hosting a healthy potluck can really help you out in these areas.

    Bethany asked everyone to bring a healthy dish of their choice, with everyone knowing we are all mostly vegetarians; all of the dishes were veggie friendly. If you are not vegetarian you can still make healthy meat and fish dishes! What was so fun about having a healthy potluck is that you can learn great new recipes from your friends that you might want to start making at home! We definitely did! :)

    For this potluck, Bethany made a tofu and kale stir-fry, a spinach arugula salad with pomegranate and avocado (you can find a similiar recipe here!) and also a lentil soup. (Which we will be posting on Thursday, so stay tuned for that!) Lauren made a spaghetti squash dish. Alex brought green beans and a cauliflower dish. Merissa made a spicy quinoa dish with veggies. I made a Mediterranean pita dish with mixed veggies (Which I will be posting soon as well!)

    Try hosting your own healthy potluck! It’s a really great way to learn new recipes and to get your friends involved who already eat healthy and/or for those who might be struggling with how to eat healthier.

    Credits:

    Written & Styled by: Kristen Tola Hettich

    Photographed, Hosted & Styled by: Bethany Nauert

    Recipes by: Kristen Tola Hettich, Bethany Nauert, Lauren Pieri, Merisa Libbey & Alexandria Olson

  • Recipe: The Palm Springs Piña Smoothie

    Happy Friday everyone!

    We hope you all have had a great week! We have a refreshing, super delicious smoothie recipe for you today! Bethany and I spent half of the week out in Palm Springs. This drink was inspired by the pools and laid back vacation feel of the desert. This smoothie definitely hits the spot out in that heat! Try this recipe out this weekend when you’re out by the pool! :)

    “Palm Springs Piña”

    Serves one 16oz glass (or two small glasses)

    Ingredients

    • 1 Large Banana
    • ½ of a Yellow Nectarine
    • ½ of a Lime (peeled)
    • 3-4 Large Mint Leaves
    • A Very Small Handful of Pineapple Chunks (about 4) Feel free to add more if you’re a pineapple lover!
    • 1 Cup of Coconut Water (Young Thai Coconut or whatever brand you prefer)
    • 3-4 Ice Cubes

    *OPTIONAL: You can add some of the coconut meat from your coconut so you have that texture and add extra taste to your smoothie!

    Directions

    • Add your banana, nectarine, lime, mint leaves, pineapple and coconut water to a blender and mix high until everything is blended well!
    • Enjoy! :)