A Healthy Labor Day Menu

Hey everyone! Most of you have started the holiday early, whether you’re off early from work, on the road to skip town, or in route for a holiday weekend to celebrate Labor Day. Today I’m sharing with you all a quick Healthy Labor Day Menu that’s sure to please everyone. Most of these recipes can be made the day of, with the exception of the Watermelon Lime Granita, which is best made the day before so you can enjoy your actual holiday! Let’s get to it.

A Healthy Labor Day Menu

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Beachy Papaya Boats with Papaya Seed Drizzle

We’re getting all beachy today on Nutrition Stripped. Just picture yourself on sandy beaches, ocean sea water at your toes, and a Beachy Papaya Boats with Papaya Seed Drizzle in hand. I’m obviously trying to hold on to summer as long as I can, even though here in Nashville I don’t need to try that hard it’s been SO hot here lately! Nonetheless, even if you’re in the middle of fall or winter for all my international readers, you can still enjoy this recipe to bring a little of the tropics and beachyness to your side of the globe with this recipe.

Beachy Papaya Boats with Papaya Seed Drizzle | Papaya Seed Drizzle

Beachy Papaya Boats with Papaya Seed Drizzle has been a recipe I’ve been making for a couple summers now, since I started enjoying papaya, and have come up with several variations using these unique tropical fruits. The center of the papaya is hollowed out so we can squeeze more goodies inside such as, fresh avocado, hemp seeds, juicy figs, crunchy cashews, and a dollop with Sweet Cream. They’re truly a dessert for breakfast kind of thing… or breakfast for dessert- however you look at it, it’s delicious!

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What is a Plant-based Lifestyle?

Plant-based. I use this term routinely to describe what the Nutrition Stripped lifestyle is all about, but what exactly does it mean- what is plant-based? I often have clients and readers ask me “am I plant-based if…”, my response is almost always a form of educating what the Nutrition Stripped lifestyle is all about and the flexibility it includes. What matters more than a term, an identity, or a definition, is how you truly live your life and the food choices you make. Living a plant-based lifestyle includes eating seasonally, local produce when available, and at the core, living in a way where we’re mindful of the connection between the source of our food and the nourishment it provides our body and mind. Therefore, it’s not another diet, fad, or dogma, it’s simply a lifestyle! This lifestyle embraces plant-based, whole foods for optimal nutrition and nourishment.

What is a Plant-based Lifestyle?

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Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad with Corn Vinaigrette

This title is a long one, but I have a lot to say about it. Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad with Corn Vinaigrette has so many flavor and texture components that make this a classic summer salad, it’s fresh, raw, and uses three main ingredients that are the epitome of summer product. Fresh watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn, and a delicious dressing that contains less than 5 ingredients, makes up this recipe. It’s a great recipe to showcase summer in a sweet and savory way.

Heirloom Tomato Watermelon Salad with Corn Vinaigrette

The balance of flavors in this simple salad is amazing, you have a tart component from the fresh lime juice in the dressing with the sweet and starchy mouthfeel from the corn, juicy and sweet watermelon, and rich tomatoes. Garnishing this salad with creamy avocado and fresh parsley makes it that much better. If you have any late summer parties, BBQ’s, or last trips to the farmers market, be sure to share this one with friends and family- I promise it won’t disappoint. It’s visually beautiful, but can make a large serving very affordably because of the amount of watermelon used.

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Guide to Hidden Sugars

First, I have to so a huge THANK YOU to all of you for the amazing feedback on the Nutrition Stripped YouTube channel with cooking videos and for reaching 100,000 followers on Instagram! Because of this amazing achievement, I’m throwing a huge giveaway, on Instagram only, so be sure to check out the post and follow the directions there to win! Seriously, y’all are so great, I’m incredibly grateful you take the time to read this little ole’ blog of mine. So, earlier this week, I gave a talk at a private event about the Nutrition Stripped and whole food lifestyle and my philosophy on food- it was a fantastic event and we had some great individuals in the crowd asking some awesome questions.

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Many of those questions circulated about carbohydrate intake, gluten, how to read the food label, what to do when shopping, and of course the hot topic of sugar. Hidden sugars and artificial sweeteners are one of the many questions I receive from clients and readers like you. What do you do about “natural” whole food sources of sugar in the whole foods lifestyle, are they still “okay” to consume regularly? I compiled a list of these “hidden sugars”, a.k.a. fancy names for sugar to look out for when purchasing processed foods. There’s also a downloadable free print out of this guide so you can bring it with you to the grocery store, hang on your fridge, or share with a friend. I hope you all find it useful!

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