Wellness Weekend, October 31-November 4, 2013

Wellness Weekend | RickiHeller.com

Hi Everyone! Happy Wellness Weekend–the Halloween Edition! Hope you are all enjoying a great Halloween tonight. It’s pouring rain here in the Toronto area, but I’m sure that won’t stop all the Trick or Treaters!

Last week’s event brought out three dozen incredible recipes, from pumpkin and fennel relish to spider cupcakes, to cauliflower sandwich bread, to chocolate orange-goji cookies, to carob mousse, to homemade tater tots and more. Can’t wait to see what you all bring to the party this week!

Newsy Tidbits:

  • The holidays are almost upon us! Are you planning to avoid the usual unhealthy food of the season? Well, I’m here to share how your desserts can be Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free–and everyone can still enjoy them! Come join the LIVE Google+ hangout on Wednesday, November 6 to learn how to bake up yummy gluten-free, naturally sweetened and lower glycemic desserts for the holidays. I’ll be making Apple Pumpkin Crumble Bars on air. AND I can’t wait to answer all of your questions about ingredient subs, gluten-free flours, natural sweeteners and more. Please join us! And even if you can’t make it, hop over to the event page to post your question(s)!
  • Get a head start on healthy sweet treats with these Superfood Chocolates I posted yesterday. Plus a recap of our visit to New York!
  • GIVEAWAY! Of course I think that Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free would make a great holiday gift! But you can also WIN a copy to give away or keep for yourself. This week’s giveaways are listed on the NS&GF page, bolded in GREEN. Check them all out here.
  • Submit your candida diet questions! If you have questions about the anti-candida diet that aren’t answered on the FAQ page, send them over via email to ricki@rickiheller.com. I’ll be writing a series of blog posts to address all the issues I can’t respond to directly. Just email me and use the subject line, “Q&A.”
  • Finally, here’s a little Halloween flashback of The Girls all dressed up for the occasion. Have you got a caption to add?


This Week’s Picks:

Want to try a new salad or side dish? Try one of these recipes.

Yeast Free Cucumber Salad from Yeast Free Living. Cucumbers are very alkalizing. . .I need to eat more of them!

Spicy Pomelo Salad from Vegan Sweet and Simple. What a creative way to use these giant citrus fruits!

Spicy Pomelo Salad

Flavorful Grain-Free Quinoa Stuffing from The Tasty Alternative. A great recipe when you’re gearing up for Thanksgiving.

If you’re looking for some recipes here on the blog, try one of these:

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory

Carob Sesame Crackers from Ragdoll Kitchen. I love the use of carob in these–sounds so good!

Carob Sesame Crackers

Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Cinnamon Bites from Cats in the Kitchen. Another yummy sweet treat!

Raw Cinnamon Bites

Thanks for joining in and sharing all your healthy, sugar-free and vegan recipes. I love seeing what you whip up each week! And I hope you’ll also share on Facebook, Pinterest, twitter and Instagram, too! Wellness Weekend even has its own Pinterest board so you can keep track of each week’s links. Check it out right here.

Here’s How to Participate:

The event occurs once a week, starting Thursdays at 8:00 PM my time and running until the following Monday at midnight.

  1. Simply link up a vegan recipe you made (and posted about) that contains health-supporting ingredients. This means 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! No-no’s include white flour or sugar, highly processed foods, or animal products. Definite no-no’s include: cane sugar (evaporated or otherwise), sweeteners ending in -itol, margarines, or faux meat products.Items like vegan protein powder, grain or bean flours, or coconut milk are fine even though they are technically “processed,” since they either contain a single ingredient, or could technically be made at home. Also, please note that this is a vegan recipe event. A minor ingredient with a vegan option is fine, but if the main ingredient is intended to be meat or other animal product, your recipe likely belongs in a different link up event.
  2. This is a recipe event. Your blog post must contain a recipe.
  3. You may link up older posts from your archives as long as they contain a link to this post. Please do not link up any posts you have previously shared at an earlier Wellness Weekend event.
  4. Please link the post with your recipe, NOT your blog’s home page or another event page.
  5. You may submit up to three recipes, but please follow the guidelines for each one individually. ONLY ONE THUMBNAIL FROM EACH BLOG POST, PLEASE. If your post contains two suitable recipes, link up once and people will still see all your fabulous recipes when they click on the linky. :)
  6. Please mention this event and include a link back to this post so that others can find all the recipes posted!
  7. 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!

PLEASE NOTE: In order to promote your posts and the event, I like to occasionally tweet, mention on Facebook, or pin your blog post(s). On occasion, I will repost your photos in the following week’s Wellness Weekend as well. If you prefer that I NOT use your photos or links, please let me know in the comments below, or send an email to me at ricki@rickiheller.com. Thanks!

I will reluctantly remove any links that don’t comply. I apologize, but I will no longer be able to leave a comment telling you that I’ve removed a non-compliant link. I hate to have to remove links! PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES BEFORE POSTING!

And now. . . what have you been cooking up lately? Please share!

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  1. Thank you for hosting! I so appreciate being featured as a readers’ choice :D

  2. Hi!

    I hope you’ve had a lovely halloween day – despite the rain! Have a wonderful weekend!


  3. Hi Ricki! Hope you had lots of cute little kiddies tonight… This week I’m sharing Cut Out “Sugar
    Cookies. Hope you have a great week!

  4. Those carob sesame crackers sound wonderful :) I’ve linked in yet another chocolate avocado dessert this week – but this one with a whole heap of bonus fruit and vegetables to boot!

  5. Hi Ricki,
    I haven’t created any new recipes this week to share BUT I have just published a review of your wonderful new book and shared the recipe for your Raw Frosted Lemon Poppy Seed Squares ♥
    I’m planning to work my way through all your recipes. It could take me a while ;)
    Congratulations once again on producing such a great masterpiece. You must be so proud!
    Have a great weekend xx

  6. Thanks so much Ricki for picking my spicy pomelo salad! Let me know if you try it, it’s surprisingly good.


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