I Dare You To Be Food Weird

Good Morning!

It has been a LONG time since I’ve sat down to write.  I have been off the map, the radar system, the whole shabam.  I’ve been absent from my blog, BUT — not absent from working out and eating well.

I’ve simply been adjusting.  And I only write when I’m inspired and feel I have something of value to share.  So in this time of adjustment, I was bee-bopping in and out of a workout program and continue to work on gaining a nutrition certification.  It was too chaotic to bore you with.

Anyhow, this brings us all the way to now, December, and the holidays!

This is where I dare you to be food-weird.  And when I say weird, I mean I dare you to make something healthy that others will think is weird (but tasty).  For example, I made mushroom gravy for a past Thanksgiving as an alternative to real gravy.  My family members wrinkled their nose as they hovered over the bowl, inspected it and made a face that implied how super weird having mushroom gravy to them was.  Yet when they very cautiously taste tested it before pouring over potatoes, they were pleasantly surprised at how yummy it actually was.

For my boyfriend’s family dinner I made protein-almond bread as a dessert item.  Some of them didn’t get it nor want to try it, but his Mom appreciated it and found it filling for an afternoon snack.  Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.  BUT I will keep pushing my “weird” nutritious dishes and desserts.  I want to be a good influence and show that eating healthy is not boring or bland.

With that, I leave you with the dare to be weird.  To take or make something a bit different for your family or friends during your holiday outings.

Bonus!  If you are in charge of hors d’oeuvres or snacks for any outing, here are a few ideas —

  • Tortilla chips made from whole wheat wraps with:
    • homemade guacamole
    • nacho-like ingredients (seasoned ground beef, salsa and shredded cheese)
    • sprinkle with coconut sugar and cinnamon for a sweeter version
  • Bacon wrapped scallops or asparagus
  • Large pot of turkey chili (can also be paired with tortillas)
  • Mini-meatballs (made with meat of your choice) and coconut-cilantro dipping sauce
  • Veggie platter (healthy-boring but always a hit anyhow)

Oh did you want that coconut-cilantro dipping sauce recipe?  Okay here you go:

Yummiest Dipping Sauce
Coconut Cilantro Dipping Sauce
  1. 6- 8 oz tomato sauce
  2. 10 sprigs of cilantro
  3. 2-3 cloves of garlic (or 2-3 spoonfuls of pre-minced garlic)
  4. 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  5. Chop up cilantro in a mini-food processor
  6. Mince the garlic cloves
  7. Heat up the sauce in a sauce pan (medium heat); add in the coconut oil once warm and stir.
  8. Add in cilantro and garlic; stir.
  9. That’s it, you are done.  And it is amazing!  **recipe was originally shared by Neghar Fonooni

I truly wish each and every one of you a very, very Happy Holiday and a fantastic New Year!!!!!!!!!  I’ll be back with much more in 2015 (including some solid nutritional info and recipes)……..until then……CHEERS!

~Melissa

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