Weekend Wellness, February 13-17, 2014

Wellness Weekend | RickiHeller.com

Welcome to this week’s Wellness Weekend! It’s been a crazy week over here, what with (in no particular order): a car that wouldn’t start and had to be towed to the shop; wrapping up an amazing first run of the Candida Kick-Start course; a torn achilles tendon; a one-day snowfall that covered the city with more snow than we normally get in ALL of February; two loved ones receiving some scary health news; a sick doggie; and learning the date for my sister’s wedding. 

Whew!! Are you out of breath, too? In any case, hope you’ll forgive me for getting right to the heart of this week’s Wellness Weekend–no time to amass any newsy tidbits this week!! I did peek at your entries from last week, though–which served to perk up my spirits considerably. ;)

And so, without further ado. . . on to this week’s event!


This Week’s Picks: I’ve been needing something to brighten up the winter. . . how about recipes with lemon and lime?

Blueberry and Lemon Oat Parfait from Bite-Sized Thoughts . Is it dessert–or breakfast? Who cares–looks delish!

Lemon and Blueberry Oat Parfait

Lemon Ginger Asparagus with Toasted Almonds from The Healthy Maven. Mmm–I lurve asparagus! This dish looks so bright and inviting!

Lemon Ginger Asparagus with Toasted Almonds

Goji Berry Lime Smoothie from Apples & Ginger. What a great combination of flavors in this vibrant smoothie!


Looking for more recipes with lemon and lime to brighten your day? Here are some from the blog:

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory

Cauliflower Nuggets with Chimichurri Sauce from Cats in the Kitchen. You all loved this healthful dish, and I did, too!

Cauliflower Nuggets

Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Lightened Up Chocolate Chip Cookies from Bring Joy. Janae’s lighter cookies were a HUGE hit with RH readers!

Lightened Up Chocolate Chip Cookie

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 group Pinterest board so you can keep track of each week’s links. Check it out right here. And if you’d like to be added as a pinner on the board, just let me know! You have to follow me on Pinterest first (and then I follow you, in order to add you). You can pin any of the recipes from any Wellness Weekend. :)

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.

  • 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.
  • This is a recipe event. Your blog post must contain a recipe.
  • 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.
  • Please link the post with your recipe, NOT your blog’s home page or another event page.
  • 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. :)
  • Please mention this event and include a link back to this post so that others can find all the recipes posted!
  • 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. What a week, Ricki! I do hope things slow down and that you’re able to get some much needed rest this weekend. Big hugs to your sick fur baby. I always feel horrible when mine isn’t feeling well. I’m sharing my Love Smoothie for Valentine’s Day called Can’t Beet Love Goji Berry Smoothie.

    Rest up!

  2. Oh Ricki, what a week you’ve had! Get some much needed rest, and take care of YOU! xo

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about your Achilles tendon, car, family health news, and sick dog!! What a lot happening – and cookbook developing too! I hope things settle down this week.

    Thanks very much for featuring my lemon and blueberry parfait :) I’m linking in black bean and goji berry no bake bars this week – with chocolate coconut topping!

    • Ha ha, looks pretty funny when you write it out in a list like that!! Your parfait was a perfect distraction. . . .looks so good! Can’t wait to check out the bars this week. :)

  4. Sending big hugs Ricki. I hope the universe decides to give you a break!
    I’m in need of a bit of time off this weekend and have a friend here to stay so that will be nice even if we’ll be busy :)
    Sharing my Almond, Cardamom & Chocolate Chunk Cookies this week.

  5. Hi Ricki! I hope he is feeling better soon so that you can rest. In honour of Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries. I hope this next week is better.

  6. Wow that is one action packed week! So sorry to hear about the health scares & injuries. I’m sending my prayers & wishes for speed recoveries to you & your loved ones ♥
    For this edition of Wellness Weekend, I’m sharing my Raspberry and Lemon ‘Cheese’ Cakes. I made them in heart shaped cup cake moulds, so the perfect size for sharing with loved ones on Valentines. I absolutely love these cashew cream-based treats… they’re so much tastier (& healthier!) than the dairy-laden version ;)

  7. Hey Rikki,

    I’m so sorry that I linked up the wrong recipe – Feel free to delete the soup (it isn’t vegan although it does have plenty of vegetables in it). Thank you for this link up!


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