New Blog Event (Summer Wellness Weekends)!

["You know what they say about an apple a day, right, Mum?"]

Okay. . . now that you’ve all stopped laughing at the rudimentary blog badge I created above (thanks to all on Facebook who recommended Picnik. . . talk about a steep learning curve), it’s time to introduce the event!

Y’all probably know how much I love the SOS Kitchen Challenge, the monthly event that I co-host with my buddy Kim over at Affairs of Living.  Each month, Kim and I choose a key ingredient for the challenge (usually in season, though not always) and ask you all to create a sweet or savory recipe using it.  It’s lots of fun and we always get amazingly creative recipe contributions (like Peaceful Purple Ice Cream, Blueberry Pielets, Blueberry Buckle, or Blueberry Coconut Scone Bites–mmm!).

With the SOS on hiatus until September, though, I realized that I’ll really miss having a recipe sharing event!  So to tide us all over until then, I’m introducing a new weekly event on my blog: Summer Wellness Weekends!   It’s my own little locale where I’ll invite you all to share recipes that you made during the previous week, ones that contain ingredients known to support good health (and of course you’re invited to participate even if it’s not summer where you are right now!).

As you probably know if you’ve read this blog for any length of time, I promote a sugar-free, gluten-free, whole foods, vegan diet.  But as a Holistic Nutritionist, I know that what I eat isn’t always the healthiest option for everyone else. 

So here’s what you need to know to participate (PLEASE READ THESE GUIDELINES CAREFULLY BEFORE LINKING UP):

  1. The event will occur once a week, starting on Thursday evenings and running until Monday evenings throughout the summer.
  2. Simply link up a recipe you made (and posted about) within the past week that contains health-supporting ingredients (see list below)Use the Linky Tool at the bottom of the page. 
  3. Please link the post with your recipe, NOT your blog’s home page.
  4. You may submit more than one recipe, but please follow the guidelines for each one individually.
  5. Please be sure to mention this event and include a link back to this post so that others can find all the recipes posted!
  6. Feel free to use the blog badge, above (or see the left sidebar of this page–if you need the html code, let me know and I’ll send it to you). Many thanks to Adrienne of Whole New Mom for setting up the badge code for me!
  7. As always, I hate to remove links, but will do so if they don’t comply with the guidelines.

What your recipe CAN contain:

  • Any good-for-you, whole foods, especially those with antioxidant properties or “functional foods” (ie, offering naturally medicinal or health-promoting qualities–such as garlic, coconut oil, all vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc.)–but any fresh, real food is welcome!
  • Natural sweeteners (coconut sugar, agave, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, stevia, Sucanat, rapadura, coconut nectar, yacon syrup, etc.)
  • Vegan ingredients (even if you’re not vegan, OF COURSE you can still play along! You’ll be surprised at how many foods are naturally vegan; and if not, there are many subs you can use for eggs, milk or butter–include vegan options and we’re good to go!).  
  • Note that this is NOT AN ACD-ONLY EVENT!  Any real food ingredients that are sugarfree and vegan are more than welcome–so use that maple syrup, mushrooms, nutritional yeast, miso, etc!  I’m just looking for healthy, whole foods recipes. :)

What your recipe cannot contain:

  • White flour, white sugar, or any highly refined, highly processed ingredients
  • Anything almost entirely artificial (ie, most boxed mixes, fast food, unnaturally colored cereals or other foods, etc.)
  • Animal products (meat, chicken, fish or seafood, or their by-products, gelatin, eggs, dairy, butter or honey)

During the summer, it’s so easy to create healthy dishes with the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables! And even if it’s not summer where you are, there are still loads of foods that could be considered good for your health and contain natural ingredients. 

I can’t wait to see what y’all mix up! :D

“Sounds great, Mum!  So, can I eat that apple now?”

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  1. What a wonderful event! I will look forward to this every weekend! Summer is such an inspirational season to look for healthier recipes. Thanks for doing this, Ricki!

    • Thanks, Heather! I always feel inspired in summer, too. . . though even those for whom it’s not summer right now are invited to participate, of course! :)

  2. Ricki-
    Love the blog badge. Really cute. Makes me smile.
    As for the new event, it sounds fun and perfect for me. I am again starting the anti-candida diet soon–I am doing Mccombs plan (http://www.mccombsplan.com/) this time..I didn’t last long on the last one because I wasn’t really follow a speicific plan so I am going to follow this one 100%! It is basically eating whole foods (although definitely not vegan) but I’m sure I’ll find some good recipes here and maybe even be able to share some!

  3. This is my first time commenting on your blog. I’m a new reader, but over the past few days, I went through at least 8 pages of your previous blog posts and I think your blog is so amazing and inspirational!

    Anyhow, I linked up to a recipe I made based on one of your older recipes- your original recipe had sugar, so I hope its not gonna break the rule that I included the “1/4 tsp sugar or rapadura or stevia or other healthy sweetener” because I gave other options and the amount of sugar is so negligible.
    I adjusted your recipe based on what I had around the house, and it was so totally terrific that I wanted to share it with my blog readers because it is very low cost, healthy, and gluten free (and I’ve recently started a gluten free diet)…

    Anyhow, hope its ok to link to my adjusting one of your old recipes in this event.
    -Penny

    • Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. :D And so happy to have you link up the beet pepperoni. Including the alternative ingredients is exactly what I want you to do. . .so yes, it’s absolutely fine! :)

  4. Love it, Ricki! Summer produce is golden! Here’s to weekend posts!

    • Yes, I just love all the gorgeous colors, flavors, juiciness and ripeness going on around now! Part of the inspiration for the event. :)

  5. I love this idea, Ricki! I cook this way almost all the time, so I happen to have something ready for you right now!

  6. You always seem to come up with the best ideas Ricki!

  7. Hi Ricki! SO excited to have heard about your challenge via Twitter. “Wellness Weekends”—sounds so healthy and full of life! Sometimes I get lax in posting on my blog–so this challenge will keep me busy in the kitchen! Is it possible to use the Wellness Weekends image/badge with your dog in my entry posts and on my blog’s sidebar? I keep a section of links to all the contests I participate in.
    Thanks!

    • Hi Jaky,
      Thank you so much! I’m thrilled that you see the event as a way to cook healthier (just what I was hoping for!) :D And yes, I’d love for you to use the badge. . . except I have no idea how to create the html code for you (if you–or anyone reading–knows how to do this, please let me know and I’ll be right on it!). You are more than welcome to copy the pic of the badge and use it on your site. In fact, I’d be honored if you did! :)

  8. Wonderful! I have a great new recipe to enter, chock full of antioxidants. But due to being a (insert any word here that really means procrastinator), I haven’t posted the recipe yet and will have to wait for next week’s Wellness event.

  9. oh no, you are becoming a blog event addict :-) Sounds like a great idea – and I always love all the inspiration that comes from events – it is not summer here but I hope that by the time summer rolls around I will have lots of great ideas

    • Johanna, you can submit ANY healthy recipe–doesn’t have to be summery! (I think I’m going to remove the word “Summer” from the blog ost title–I meant “wellness weekends that I’ll be hosting during the summer” more than “summery wellness foods”! :)

  10. Don’t know how I messed up cropping the picture – lovely color but not relevant to the food! :-)

  11. THANK YOU for rescueing the picture! And I truely believe that Elsie is the perfect ambassador for this event.

  12. Love the new event! I am submitting Peas ‘n Kale Salad – I don’t remember where the ACD stands on Miso, but I am fairly sure this is ACD-friendly around Stage 2? Either way, it contains, kale, peppers, scallions, black-eyed peas and miso :)

    • Sounds great, Valerie! But note that THIS IS NOT AN ACD-ONLY EVENT!! I’m just looking for good, healthy, whole-foods recipes that are sugarfree and vegan. Natural ingredients like maple syrup, nutritional yeast, miso etc are all good!! :D

  13. Thank you for the reminder Ricki :) I may make something with nutritional yeast for next week, though my focus is finding a new and interesting smoothie – hmmm, maybe basil something?

  14. Fabulous idea Ricki! I’ll look forward to seeing these posts for some weekly healthy eating inspiration. I hope you keep this going into the winter as that’s when I need the most motivation.

  15. Something’s with the linky tools.. keeps giving me an error, but it seems like the link was saved :)
    The collection looks great!

  16. thanks for fixing up that post title ricki!
    looking forward to a summer of wellness weekends!

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