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Wondering what to whip up for Thanksgiving? Whether you’re hosting your very own feast or want to bring a healthy, no-meat option on the big day, here are three tasty, plant-based side dishes all of your friends and family will be grateful for.
- 20 to 30 Brussels sprouts
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Pinch of salt and ground pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
For candied pecans:
- ½ cup raw pecans, chopped
- ¼ teaspoon coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- Dash of salt
- Preheat large saucepan on stovetop over medium heat.
- Place Brussels sprouts in a large bowl. Rinse with cold water.
- Cut bottom stems off and discard. Slice Brussels sprouts in half, vertically.
- In small bowl, combine olive oil, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, and garlic powder.
- Place sliced Brussels sprouts back in a large bowl and add olive oil dressing, coating evenly.
- Add Brussels sprouts into heated saucepan, face down. Pour any leftover dressing over the Brussels sprouts and let cook until tender, roughly 4-5 minutes. When they begin turning brown on the face-down side, drizzle a tablespoon or so of water over the top to steam.
- While the Brussels sprouts are cooking, create the candied pecan mixture by placing pecans in a small bowl, mixing in maple syrup, coconut sugar, and salt.
- Once Brussels sprouts are crispy, use a fork to flip.
- Place the candied pecans on top of the Brussels sprouts and continue to cook for about 3-4 minutes, until tender and crispy.
- Remove from heat. Scoop into a serving dish and enjoy!
- 3 cups uncooked wild rice
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 2 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced
- Dash of salt and ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
- 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- Handful of hemp seeds
- Cook wild rice according to the directions on the package.
- In the meantime, warm a skillet on the stove over medium heat. Add olive oil and minced garlic to heated pan and let it cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
- Add sliced mushrooms, salt and pepper, sage, parsley (save a pinch for serving), thyme, and almonds to olive oil and garlic. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Once rice is done, add to pan and let cook on low heat for about 5 minutes.
- Taste and adjust, adding more salt or seasoning as needed.
- Top with a pinch of fresh parsley and hemp seeds and enjoy!
- 3-4 Yukon Gold potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- ¼ teaspoon of pink salt, plus more for seasoning
-¼ teaspoon of pepper, plus more for seasoning
- 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast or homemade vegan parmesan
- Coconut oil
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- Preheat oven to 350° degrees.
- Peel and thinly slice potatoes. Set aside.
- Warm a large skillet on medium heat, adding olive oil and minced garlic. Stir for a minute or so until the garlic is fragrant.
- Add rosemary, thyme, nutritional yeast (or homemade parmesan), salt and pepper and stir.
- Mix in the gluten-free flour and continue to stir through, letting simmer for about 1 minute while continually mixing. Pour in almond milk.
- Whisk slowly until ingredients become a thick broth consistency. Add 2 tablespoons of water and continue mixing.
- Transfer mixture into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
- Grease an 8x8 baking pan with coconut oil. Evenly line the bottom of the pan with sliced potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Pour the blended mixture over the potatoes until fully coated. Top with paprika.
- Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
- Remove foil and bake for an additional 35-40 minutes on the middle rack until the potatoes are tender and the top is crispy.
- Serve and enjoy!
To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.
Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.
If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.
Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.
Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.
Here’s what you all had to say.
According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.
I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.
Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights
“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center
“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio
“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates
I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.
Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.