Sleigh Bells are ringing and snowflakes are falling. The smell of holiday spices is in the air and everyone is busy with excitement about what gifts to get their loved ones.
It’s one of the most joyous times of the year, what could you possibly be stressed about?! I could name a handful of movies that could give you plenty of ideas, but when you’re plant-based or vegan it can be a difficult time of year.
It can be hard to navigate family gatherings, work dinners, or get-togethers with friends. Especially when you might be the only guest with different dietary needs. No need to worry though! Here are 5 tips to make navigating the holidays when you’re powered by plants.
Not only does it guarantee you will have something plant-based and delicious, but it is a great way to share with your family and friends a healthier alternative to any popular holiday dish.
Sometimes tradition can get a little too routine and it can feel great to break and create new ones. The possibilities are endless! Suggest making a plant-based versions of your favorite family recipes. Not only will it help to make the holidays more inclusive for everyone involved, but to encourage your family members to explore and try new things they never thought before.
Arguing during the happiest time of year is the one thing nobody puts on their wish list. But sometimes it can be difficult to avoid negative conversations with family members who just can’t seem to understand.
To keep things positive, use this as a time to be more helpful and educational. Talk about the good things being plant-based has done for your health or how it has made you feel. Maybe you started running an extra 5 miles because of it or it’s helped you to start cooking more at home. Your loved ones want to see you happy, so highlight all the great things it’s done for you.
It’s not always easy to understand why someone chooses a particular diet. Especially when your friends or family members might not be properly informed on the topic. That’s okay though, appreciate any effort the put forth trying to make sure you feel comfortable and more included.
What better way to celebrate the holiday than putting on the apron and hosting a dinner yourself! Though leading a dinner this is no small task, it’s a great opportunity to invite your family into your kitchen.
Show them how you can veganize almost any of their holiday favorites without sacrificing flavor. You are giving them the chance to experience how delectable and exciting being plant-based can be!
Who knows, you might just open the door to a whole new world for them to discover on their own. It’s also the perfect opportunity to give them ideas on how they can start utilizing more plant-based items at any of their future gatherings.
Jessica Gebel @chefgebelski
While growing up Polish and with immigrant parents, Jess was always surrounded by food; leading her to start cooking at a very young age. After experiencing health issues in her early 20's, she discovered that 80% of her problems were due to her diet. With a desire for change, this inspired her to learn everything she could about the impacts of food on the body.
With 8+ years of experience in her pocket, taking home the win on Cooks vs Cons, and having an education from the National Gourmet Institute; Jess isn't your average natural food chef. Carrying a focus on plant-based and gluten-free meals; she brings passion and spontaneity to your plate with a delicious and ayurvedic flare.
While brightening the kitchen and teasing your tastebuds; Jess designs every meal with a purpose. Without ever sacrificing flavor and guaranteed to leave you asking for more.