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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!
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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