Staying Healthy During the Holidays

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 6, 2010

It is feeling a lot like the holidays around here!

Last night, Eric and I put up our tree, outdoor lights, and decorations and we also received our first snowfall overnight. :)

You may have assumed that I had the holiday decor up weeks ago, but the truth is, we didn’t have a chance until last night!

I’m glad the decorations are up now though…except for a couple that really creep us out


They are a Liddon family heirloom, that is all I’m going to say about that. ;) Sketchie’s tail poufs up when he sees them by the staircase. It isn’t pretty.

Thank you for your support for my Challenge #9 Project Food Blog post yesterday! It is crazy to think that this challenge has been going on since September and we are down to the final round this coming Sunday!!

I feel like I have aged 30 years and sprouted about 100 new grey hairs. bahaha. Good times, good times. ;)

They are cutting 12 contestants down to just 3 this Friday, so your votes will make all the difference in helping me advance to the final 10th round. All you do is click the heart to vote and if you don’t have an account, simply enter your email and username to register. It is quick to sign up! It will also help out if you re-tweet your vote on Twitter and ‘like’ the post on Facebook.

Click here to be taken to the page and thank you in advance for sticking with my crazy self throughout this contest!


Staying Healthy During the holidays

It is that time of the year when my healthy eating can take a nosedive and I find myself losing motivation as the days get shorter and shorter.

The urge to hibernate is strong my friends.

Sketchie knows what I’m talking about. He has been sleeping beside the heat vent for days on end, only to move when he hears a clinking sound in his food dish.

Luckily, with each new day we can commit to making healthy choices, even if the odds do seem to be stacked against us!

On December 1st, I made a commitment to myself:

Every day for the month of December, my goal is to get a hefty serving of vegetables into my diet in some form. This could be in the form of Green Monsters, salads, soups, or other foods loaded with veggies.


So far, it has been going well and I am feeling more energized than I was in November!

Yesterday, I talked very briefly about the salad and dressing that I adapted from The Coup Cookbook and I wanted to go into more depth about it today because I am head over heels in love with this salad.

It is my new favourite salad and I will be eating it frequently over the holidays to keep me energized and satisfied.



Club Med Salad with Tahini Lemon Garlic dressing

This salad is incredibly delicious, filling, and a great way to pack in a ton of vegetable servings in one meal.

Adapted from The Coup Cookbook.

Makes 1 large salad.


  • 3-4 cups of Your favourite greens (I used organic mixed greens)
  • 3-4 pickles (I used sweet pickle slices), chopped into small pieces
  • 6 black olives, pitted and chopped, optional
  • 1/2 Red banana pepper cut into rings OR 1/2 regular red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 orange pepper, chopped
  • 5-8 sundried tomatoes
  • Handful of sprouts
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 1/4-1/2 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1/4 cup beets, shredded
  • 1-2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2-3 tbspTahini Lemon Garlic Dressing (follows below)
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas or my Crispy chickpea bites (

Directions: Place all ingredients into a bowl except the dressing and sesame seeds. Drizzle on dressing and lightly toss. Sprinkle on sesame seeds and serve. See below for dressing recipe.




Tahini Lemon Garlic Salad Dressing

This salad dressing is creamy and thick with a sharp, peppery quality. It is my new favourite! Use it on salad or even as a delicious dip for vegetables.


  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Directions: In a food processor, process all ingredients until smooth. Makes about 1.5 cups.



This salad really knocks my socks off and Eric even said it was delicious! This is good news coming from a former vegetable hater. :)


The dressing also just takes 5 minutes to throw together.

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For the past few days I have been having a nightly snack of chopped veggies and dressing. It is a wonderful snack that leaves me feeling satisfied thanks to the healthy fats.



Creamy and thick.

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Have you made any goals to stay healthy over the holidays? What are your tips and tricks for staying on track?

As part of my next post I will be showing you the workout music that has been keeping me motivated during my workouts!

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carol December 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Angela, this salad looks absolutely amazing!!!!! You never cease to surprise me with your fabulous recipes and pictures.


[email protected] Stepping to the Brightside December 6, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Not only does that salad look beautiful, it sounds delicious… I have a similar goal up until I go home for the holidays: to down one green juice everyday. I’m prepping my system for what is going to be one amazing week of indulging- I’ll just go ahead and admit it now ;) I’m off to vote!


Christina December 6, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Very nice post, as usual;). I have planned to stay healthy over the holidays by eating at least one vegetable of every colour a day. That means some red berries, some orange pumpkin or orange, white or tanned beans, yellow pepper, violet plums or beets, black lentils…It’s fun and it works pretty well because your plates also look nicer when there are all kinds of differnet colours on them and the best about it all:you get all the nutritions you need every day:)!


maggie December 6, 2010 at 5:47 pm

First off I just have to say…I’ve been reading for a year or so now and you are just fantastic. Angela you’ve went from learning about yourself through blogging to being yourself. Your photography and writing has elevated..your recipes are beautiful and your stories are heartfelt. I’m a young woman myself and I find you to be a big role model in my life to eating healthy, viewing myself as beautiful and striving each day to be more positive. Watching your work during the project food blog contest has just left me modivated and inspired to reach my goals. You are just soaring like a eagel! Thanks for this fantastic recipe and thank you a million for being such a great woman blogger..your going places :)



Angela (Oh She Glows) December 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm

That means so much to me, thank you. Support like that makes the hard work so worth it. :)


Heather (Heather's Dish) December 6, 2010 at 6:15 pm

i’m just going to have to second this to a ‘T’ – well said, and I couldnt’ be more proud of you Angela!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 6, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Those are certainly some… unique decorations. ;)


Bethany @ More Fruit Please December 6, 2010 at 5:57 pm

I love your tact in just saying that the carolers are a Liddon family heirloom. That certainly says it all! I’ve actually been having quite a few Green Monsters lately. I didn’t think that I would want one this time of year in the cold, but I’ve found that my body has been craving something lighter and fresh to compensate for some “heavier” indulgences that I’ve been having this time of year.


Amanda (Eating Up) December 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Haha I love the creepy decorations. I think they’re perfect!


Trish December 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Yum! Looks delicious! Love that tahini dressing! Good luck with PFB!


Kristy @ KristyRuns December 6, 2010 at 5:59 pm

That salad looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to re-create it! ;)

Uhhhh…yeah…those decorations…wow.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 6, 2010 at 8:25 pm

hahah no words right?


Liz @ Blog is the New Black December 6, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Haha, that couple IS creepy!


leslie December 6, 2010 at 6:04 pm

that salad dressing is *so* my style and i am making it tonight!

i also just want to say that i was incredibly impressed with your latest project food blog entry – the fact that you went beyond the typical restaurant review to actually go home and make the food yourself was a wonderful idea and so appropriate for the way you blog. congrats on all your successes so far! your story continues to be a joy to read.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 6, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Thank you! It just felt….wrong not to bake something up in my post. ;) When I found the cookbook it was a sign!


Heather December 6, 2010 at 6:04 pm

I can totally relate to the “family heirloom” decorations, I think my aunt has those exact dolls!

One “stay healthy” trick I use which is extra helpful over the holidays is to avoid undereating at meals. If I undereat, I am much more likely to snack on sweets later in the day!

Also, I get my “heap” of veggies at lunchtime by packing a big salad to take to work, the nigh before.


hippierunner December 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I love that twig spoon! So adorable!


Julie December 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Ive made the same commitment to eat more veggies! I guess great veggie minds think alike ;)


Allison @ Food For Healing December 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I definitely want to UP my veggies this season. Try to snack on the healthy things rather than the cookies, and bring some of my own snacks because i know for a fact there won’t be a heck of a lot of good food around haha


Healthy Chocoholic December 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Yummy!!!!!!! All of your pictures are beautiful!!!!


Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan December 6, 2010 at 6:31 pm

WOw so colourful! Looks amazing!!


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 6, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I’ve already voted, and I’m rooting for you to win. Your blog has been one of my very favorites since I first discovered it, and I can’t imagine anyone who deserves it more!!

I had a huge salad with lots of veggies for lunch today. So filling and nutritious- I always have a burst of energy after eating one!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm

thank you Gabriela :)


Nicole (Picky Nicky) December 6, 2010 at 6:34 pm

YUM! I love tahini so I’ll be making this soon :D


traci December 6, 2010 at 6:36 pm

I have been talking about staying healthy during the holidays lately. I have been battling the a cold for the past week and I made a comittment to ease up on the holiday baked goodies. I think I can somehow justify them when they are made of whole ingredients :) I also can get in such a rut with food so I’m going to start shaking up a bit and going to incorporate different veggies into my diet.
That salad has made my mouth water by the way. Maybe i’ll start with that :)


Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow December 6, 2010 at 6:39 pm

My best holiday-cold-flu-stress busters:

1. Put sleep first as much as possible

2. Similar to you, find fresh foods to eat in one meal a day. And then have a treat a day to keep restriction/denial/guilt cravings away.

3. Let go of the pressure to be anything but YOU. No striving for perfection. Just be you and share this time with those you love!

All = health!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm

great tips!


Ashley Craft December 6, 2010 at 6:39 pm

That salad looks soooooooo delicious Angela!

Haha…poor Sketchie. I can totally see my cat having the same reaction! I am sure he will adjust eventually. :)


Lauren December 6, 2010 at 6:40 pm

That spoon is so cute. I usually do a lot more yoga because it keeps me energized and happy when I can’t run outside as much due to the freezing weather and snowstorms!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 6, 2010 at 6:55 pm

My goal for the holidays is to try to keep up a fairly regular workout schedule. Christmas shopping may count as a workout on some days though. ;)

I voted for you! You deserve this!


[email protected] December 6, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I love this post! All that food looks absolutely amazing!!!


Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA December 6, 2010 at 7:38 pm

That’s a beautiful salad! I always have trouble making my food pretty.

I do want to keep up my healthy lifestyle over the holidays, and I hope to eat more salads because I’ll be visiting my mom so I’ll have someone to chop veggies with!


Camille December 6, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Those guys are super creepy!
They would definitely not be allowed to make an appearance in my house! :)


Lizzie December 6, 2010 at 7:45 pm

This looks amazing!! Question: if you make the dressing, how long do you think it would keep for? I wowed my husband with your better than baslamic (just had some tonight, actually!) and I know that’s got a goos shelf. Would love to have another reason for him to love salads! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I was wondering this too…
I would say a week for sure…possibly longer?
You can split the recipe in half too (or in fourths??) :)


JessicaEn December 6, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Hey Angela! I have never commented before but I just wanted to let you know that you are one of ten or so blogs that I LOVE and have read for nearly 3 years. So I definitely cast my vote for you. You are so inspirational in your journey to health and I can relate to you in so many ways. I hope you win.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm

thank you!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 6, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Wow– I can’t believe that the contest is in the last round!!! You’ve done so awesomely (is that a word?)!


Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I think the simple goal of shooting for a solid serving of veggies each day during the holidays is a great one. I’ll have to remember that for next year. I would say now but I can’t make any promises at 8.5 months pregnant. ;)

And I really hope you win the challenge! You deserve it!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 6, 2010 at 8:20 pm

haha you are cute…best wishes to you during the last little while!


Felicia (a taste of health with balance) December 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm

love throwing 2-3 cups of spinach into a protein shake… yum! fingers crossed (although I have no doubt) that you get through to the last round! your salad looks perfect- currently on a roasted veggie kick, topping my salad with just warm vegetables and a sprinkle of himalayan salt. hits the spot!


Tiffany December 6, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I just found your blog, and I am blown away! I am newly vegan, and cannot wait to make your pastries! I am downloading your recipes like crazy.
For Thanksgiving I actually packed a bunch of food for myself. I made large servings of vegan foods I love, and my family dug in. My dad LOVED the lunches I made. I even had them all drinking my green smoothies in the AM.
For Christmas I’m going to do the same. I’m traveling, but will stop and pick up supplies to make vegan meals, and many of your delicious cookies and energy bars/snacks. My family will love them, I’ll stay on track with my eating, and I won’t tell anyone how healthy/vegan it all is until the plate is empty :)


Shanna, Like Banana December 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I love how our animals have a better sense of what is creepy than we do ;)

I try to stay healthy by keeping up the workouts — even if they aren’t earth shattering challenging, just to get moving puts me in the right mindset.


[email protected] December 6, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Mm I love tahini dressing! Your salad looks delicious. Good luck with PFB!


Rachel @Balance and Blueberries December 6, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I just made this dressing. I read it, saw that I had all the ingredients (except for the yeast), and headed to the kitchen. Without the yeast, it makes it more runny, but oh so tasty! Thanks for the great recipe :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 6, 2010 at 8:19 pm

oh wow good to know!! I was wondering about the nooch


Rachel December 6, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I just gotta say you inspire me so much! I am currently a student and December is the month from hell when it comes to eating healthy(Exams and Christmas treats!)
I just ordered my first batch of glow bars! They will be great for snacks between my ill-timed exams! And I will be able to choose them over various Christmas cookies and snacks!


Lauren December 6, 2010 at 8:26 pm

This looks like my kind of salad. Everything I could ever imagine going in a salad just went on this plate. Looks fantastic Angela!


Lauren December 6, 2010 at 8:26 pm

This looks like my kind of salad. Everything I could ever imagine going in a salad just went on this plate. Looks fantastic Angela!


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman December 6, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Mmmm…that giant salad looks so good! I had one like it tonight for dinner, actually.


Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' December 6, 2010 at 8:34 pm

I am SO EXCITED about this dressing recipe!! One of my favorite restaurants out here in LA makes a Lemon-Tahini dressing, but I have yet to make a good “re-creation” of it at home– I bet yours is really close!

I can’t wait to try it! :D


Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow December 6, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I just made the lemon tahini dressing….

MY LIFE IS FOREVER CHANGED!!!! And so is my husband’s. :)

Quick question: it came out a bit thick…I’m thinking of adding a dash of almond milk to thin it? Definitely doesn’t need more lemon or oil. Almond milk good idea or no? Add just water? :)



Charlotte December 6, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I can’t even imagine how exhausted you must be from all of the Project Food Blogging; we should be the ones thanking you for putting your everything into delivering us fantastic posts to look forward to each week. Cheers!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 6, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I always feel so much beter when I have eaten tons of veggies too! I have been trying to get a tons of veggies in during ths holidays too – soups definitely count.. since I eat soup at least once a day. :)


Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 6, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Oh geez, those dolls!! My neighbors had those when I was younger and they scared the bageezes outta me!


bitt December 6, 2010 at 8:55 pm

I’ve been tweeting about your project food blog entries. It would make me so happy to have you win!!!

Thanks for the great salad recipe. I’ve lost some of my salad mojo lately and this is perfect for me to get inspired again. I love my green juices and smoothies too of course.

One healthy thing I love to do is make sure to get enough fermented veggies or kombucha. The probiotics really help combat any overindulgence or too much sugar.


Wei-Wei December 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm

The dressing sounds amazing – do you know how much cheese you would substitute to get the same flavour as nutritional yeast?


Marta December 6, 2010 at 10:01 pm

hi Angela! my vote is in and I’m sending positive foodbuzz vibes your way! my motivation lately has been coming from (shockingly) my bf. whenever we’re in lazy takeout mode, he has been the one to say screw it, get in the kitchen and start whipping up something spontaneous and veggieful. I am amazed by his support and participation in our healthy lifestyle! I guess my tip is to be patient with someone close to you who isn’t initially supportive of healthy goals. when Jer and I moved in together I had the classic gain-10-pounds-by-eating-what-your-bf-eats experience. I got myself back on track and encouraged him to cut down on fast food and pop esp. he dropped 13 pounds in one month. over the last 5 years he has realized how simple cooking can be by being forced to watch Food network 24-7. he’s also been open to the vegan literature and videos I’ve come across and while not 100% vegan himself, he is a vegetarian at home and the rare time we eat out he chooses the veg option most often. I’m an opionated gal, but I’ve never tried to force him into new habits. It takes a lot of patience but it’s worth it now to see him so healthy and loving it :)


Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 6, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Anything with tahini + lemon and a dressing/dip is a winner! So satisfying and delish! And I love the rainbow-bright colors of the salad. Seriously so wholesome and awesome looking!

Staying healthy during the holiday season…remember that you WILL have access to food again. You don’t have to eat everything you see, at this party, at that happy hour, at your grandma’s celebration, at your mother’s house, etc etc…you will always have access to more food (99.9% of blog readers I am referring to, will always have access to MORE) so no need to eat it all. Or all at once. Save room for the next party :) Moderation. A bite or three, and move on type of thing :)


Diana @ frontyardfoodie December 6, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Oh yes, veggies are a good thing. My goals are definitely involving loads of veggies, green smoothies and I’ve also been eating my last meal before 3pm on ‘normal’ days so that the exception days aren’t such an impact.


Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 6, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Those dolls!! My mum gave me a doll that looked almost exactly like the one on the left when I was a little girl and my younger brother was BEYOND scared of it. He burst into tears every. single. time. he. saw. it…. ahhh, thanks for the memories!


Amy at TheSceneFromMe December 6, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Never a dull bite in that salad! Yummy!


Jolene ( December 7, 2010 at 12:09 am

I eat the same way during the holidays as I do all year. I eat whatever I want, in moderation. I don’t deprive myself of any foods, even if that means I eat a little bit of chocolate every single day, or bacon for 4 days straight. I eat all foods in small portions.


Alaina December 7, 2010 at 12:20 am

For the holidays, I pretty much do what I always do. Eat in moderation, enjoy every bite, and make sure to keep myself moving!

I voted for you!! :-)


Marina December 7, 2010 at 1:12 am

I am feeling the holiday spirit already too!
This year, my goal is to try and indulge in treats as much as I want to, I’ve restricted for the past few years, so I would like to spend this holidays with peaceful mind, and maybe a few pounds more :)
Love the look of your salad!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 7, 2010 at 1:51 am

That is such a pretty salad! It makes me think of my mom saying you are supposed to “eat the rainbow” everyday.

I am making an effort to get workouts on my calendar, and bring my workout clothes to work so I don’t have a chance to go home and get too comfortable.


Kristy H December 7, 2010 at 1:56 am

Thanks for another amazing salad, it can be so hard to eat healthy during the holiday season, but with your recipes we will all achieve it. I made your curry in a hurry the other day and used the leftovers to stuff peppers, omg amazing! Good luck with PFB, you will ace it for sure.


Gypsy December 7, 2010 at 2:00 am

I think the little caroler couple might just be worth having to see Sketchie’s reaction! haha
One time my little boy kitten puffed up when I wore a big fuzzy turtleneck!

Good luck on the next round of the contest! I told everyone I know to vote!


Laura @ Starloz December 7, 2010 at 4:36 am

salads, i heart salads in december


Halley (Blunder Construction) December 7, 2010 at 8:27 am

Those dolls are creepy! I love that most families have holiday decorations that no one actually likes. But, still, we put them up every year. :) Tis the season, I suppose!


Lisa December 7, 2010 at 8:53 am

That salad looks gorgeous!!! Love the twig spoon too!
I voted for ya!


Roz December 7, 2010 at 9:30 am

I’m committed to at LEAST maintaining my weight loss over the holidays, but also having some treats here and there so I don’t feel deprived.
As always LOVE the photos (the salad looks so good!) and have to say “Awww, poor little Sketchie” that he’s scared of the Christmas heirlooms. Our Neva is the same with a Santa we have….I’ve never seen such a BIG tail!! Have a great day.


Katie December 7, 2010 at 9:32 am

That salad looks delicious! I always make an attempt to get in a good workout first thing in the early morning before work. I find when I workout in the mornings, I tend to eat healthier during the day, have more energy, and am more willing to actually get my workout done. Once I wake up, I put my contacts in so I’m not tempted to go back to bed. It also warms me up for the day ahead. :) Not to mention with all of these parties to go to, my evenings are spent entertaining which doesn’t always allow for a good sweat sesh after work.


Katie December 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I thought of something else! :) Typically I tell myself that I can really eat holiday food any time of the year I want. It’s not like this is the last time I’m going to eat this particular meal/food/dessert/etc. And if it’s something unique that someone made, I’ll either remind myself to get the recipe from them, beg them to make it for me again, or simply have the memory of how delicious the one serving was because if I overate and felt gross, more than likely feeling gross will be my memory of the food.


Melissa December 7, 2010 at 9:35 am

I voted! Best of luck to you. thanks for all the great recipes and your hard work.


retro sweets December 7, 2010 at 9:50 am

Congrats for making it Ang. i’ll vote for you tomorrow since my signal if going crazy at this moment I can barely load a page. Dunno why???

Anywho, where did you get those twig spoons? They’re lovely and the salad is a perfection.


Alina @ Duty Free Foodie December 7, 2010 at 9:53 am

Yes yes yes!! So excited to make this salad – I’ve been looking for salad-spiration (mine have gotten boring), and this recipe is making me salivate!


AGS December 7, 2010 at 9:58 am

My biggest challenge this holiday season is maintaining an exercise program. This year more than any, I am absolutely swamped with work — both at the office, and on the personal side of things. I decided that even if I wasn’t getting “formal” exercise in, I would just move a bit more during the day — and that has worked pretty well — though I find I am missing a bit of energy.

Eating hasn’t posed much of a challenge for me this season. I think I’ve finally figured out that the secret to enjoying the holidays is to embrace festive food. All too often we treat heathy food as something relegated to the routine (the antithesis of healthy). Not so. For instance:
Cinnamon raisin bread
Sweet potato whipped with orange juice
Spicy hot soups (corriander, cumin, cardemum, cinnamon are favorite additions)
Anything roasted
Homemade apple sauce (just apples and apple cider with a cinnamon stick)
Fresh pineapple, persimmons, clementines (my all-time favorite holiday fruits!)
A new flavored oil, or salt

I find that what I really crave during the holidays is something special. I’m fine with my regular habits, and have no problem maintaining healthy eating. . . but I simply MUST have something that is special to the season. Clementines and pineapple are two fruits I SAVE for the holidays. That makes them special — just like the first asapargus spears are special in the spring. And then when I have a party where I’m presented with the nutroll that I really only get at one person’s house one time a year — I always have several slices. Because that’s festive, too.


jenna December 7, 2010 at 10:11 am

this salad and dressing look so amazing!!! I really need to incorporate more veggies too and this salad seems like the perfect way to do that! :) YUMMY!


Sonya December 7, 2010 at 10:23 am

I enjoy reading your blog! I am amazed at how diverse Vegan eating can be! I am especially interested in your recipe for the “Decadent S’more with homemade graham cracker crumble” cake-in-a-jar recipe. I see you posted the recipe for the Apple Streusel cake-in-a-jar. The PDF you provided in the Project Food Blog #6 simply says the recipe is coming soon! Can you please, please post it? Please? Thank you!


Amber K December 7, 2010 at 10:28 am

No specific goals, but I’d make any kind in order to have a salad that beautiful! :)

Keeping up on reading blogs and tracking my food/fitness on SparkPeople not only helped me lose the extra weight but has helped me keep it off!


Jessica M December 7, 2010 at 10:45 am

I caught my cat sleeping on top of the heating vent recently… SIlly cat.

I have to try that salad! Yummy.


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 7, 2010 at 10:49 am

omg i am totally making that dressing!! i’m getting sick of my usual italian and balsamic mixture that i usually use and this sounds amazing – it will also be a good use for the nutritional yeast that i’ve barely used! to stay healthy during the holidays, i try to eat as many fresh fruits and veggies as possible, and stay hydrated. i find i usually drink less because i am always so freaking cold in the winter, but i’ve been making a strong effort to not let that happen. I also did a staying-healthy post last week with some more tips.


Moni'sMeals December 7, 2010 at 11:03 am

Great post and recipe too.

I try to stay balanced, eat what I really love or that only comes around this time of year only and in moderation. I always try to stay active too. A salad everyday is usually a good plan for me.

I think if you can SAVOR ~food, ~time with loved ones, ~and this time of year then it will be the most enjoyable. ;)


Emily December 7, 2010 at 11:05 am

Oh my, that salad looks awesome. Sometimes I get bummed about that lack of vegan options at my university but I am so grateful to have consistent access to an extensive salad bar! After all, salad is truly one of my favorite foods being so versatile and all.


carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream December 7, 2010 at 11:15 am

That salad dressing looks to die for! And living dairy free I don’t get to enjoy many creamy salad dressings! I might have to conquer my fear of making homemade dressing and give it a whirl!


Meghan Telpner December 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Angela, that salad looks seriously amazing!!


Tania December 7, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Oh my goodness! Angela you have a way of making veggies look amazing. Stomach literally growling. Lol!


Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 7, 2010 at 12:41 pm

I have been seriously lacking in the veggie department for a while! Especially with all the holiday food around. I have new inspiration!


Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) December 7, 2010 at 1:01 pm

That salad looks delicious! That’s a really good goal!
My healthy holiday goals are to maintain my exercise levels and to enjoy myself but not overindulge! :D


Megan (Braise The Roof) December 7, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I’ve been trying to squeeze in more veggies, too. Especially salads! There’s something about a big plate of raw veggies that somehow feels more veggie-like than cooked! Did you shred the beets yourself or buy them preshredded?


Laurab @ foodsnobstl December 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm

That is a great and easily attainable goal! I try to be sure to workout the same number of times a week, even if it is just for 20 ofr 30 minutes.


Hayley December 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm

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jen December 7, 2010 at 2:31 pm

My goal for December was to just not gain any weight, but as of yesterday I’m down 4lbs, so I’m not complaining!
Your salad looks incredible!!! Thanks for sharing :)
Good luck with the last round of Project Food Blog!!



April @ Crazy Fabulous Life December 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm

That spoon is tripping me out! I kept trying to figure out why you had a stick in your dressing :-)


Nichole December 7, 2010 at 3:14 pm

That salad looks sensational! I live for bountiful, gigantic salads…

My holiday goals include eating more salad, more healthy smoothies, fresh fruit daily, more running, and making it to the gym at least once a week. So far, I haven’t gained an ounce, which is impressive given the recent deluge of baked goods….


Melissa @ Vegan CacaoBee December 7, 2010 at 3:37 pm

My main goal to stay healthy over the holidays is to keep exercising consistently, even when I am super busy. I plan my workouts for the week, and I just try not to think about what else I could be doing. In the words of Nike, I “Just Do It.” Good luck in the next round of Project Food Blog! You have done an AMAZING job!!!


Jessica December 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm

I’ve decided to make this a “December to remember” and posted my goals on my blog. Writing them down even if no one else reads them helps me a lot. I also like to journal about my progress, just a quick note here and there to help me realize that I am moving towards my goal.


Lauren December 7, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I’m pretty addicted to fruits/veggies/whole grains so eating during the holiday season isn’t too big of a deal. I definitely make room for some sweet treats (in moderation) though and remember to keep moving. Luckily, I belong to a healthy eating family so holiday dinners tend to be pretty healthy :)


Hannah December 7, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Thanks for the recipe!! I just made a modified version for my lunch tomorrow!!!


Cami (Health & Happiness) December 7, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Just voted for you!! Wishing you all the luck :)


Cara Craves... December 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm

No real set goals…I just continue to eat a healthy and balanced diet, do some exercise…never deprive myself…life is way too short for that.


Whitney December 7, 2010 at 10:40 pm

How long will the dressing last in the refrigerator? Sounds soo yummy!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 7, 2010 at 10:56 pm

im not sure because it is my first time making it…I would guess a week!


Caitlin December 8, 2010 at 12:42 am

Looks delish! I too have dared myself to a heap of veggies daily. I also created a facebook group for my girlfriends and I to keep each other accountable, post our successes as well as our over indulgences. I’ve also taken to posting inspiring exercise/mental health/cooking articles on the group. Most recently I asked my bffs if anyone is feeling up for a 5k after the New Year in order to keep our motivation up when apart over the holiday. I’ve never run a race before so we’ll see!!!


tweal December 8, 2010 at 7:19 am

I have not made any goals and I have no interest in staying ‘on track’ – there is just too much delicious food around the holidays and I refuse to deny myself! Of course, I don’t expect my pants to fit in January but that is when I focus on getting healthier :)

Lovely salad, btw. Tahini dressings are the best.


Deborah December 8, 2010 at 11:13 am

Mmmmm, I made this for dinner last night. We LOVED it! The dressing is so creamy and delicious. Thanks so much for sharing! :-)


Melissa December 8, 2010 at 11:18 am

That salad looks amazing! I will definitely be trying it.

Thank you for the inspiration to keep up the healthy choices through the holiday season. It can be hard.

You have inspired me to focus on including an abundance of veggies in my daily diet, even though the CSA veggies are dwindling. At this time of year, I go through this adjustment period of, “What?! I have to buy vegetables at the grocery store?! What do I eat now!?” :-)

Thank you!


Sheila Viers | Live Well 360 December 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm

That salad looks insaaanely yummy. I’ve been adding peanuts and re-heated butternut squash to my salads and have been loving them!

This holiday season, my goal is t eat mindfully. No multi-tasking, taking time to really enjoy small portions of whatever foods I really want to enjoy. You might think that my plate would be filled with all kinds of sweets and traditionally “naughty” foods, but it’s not. I enjoy the sweets and so on, but I find myself really filling my plate with the veggies and the traditionally healthy choices much more than the sweets.

All in all, I believe that the holidays are made out to be such a time of over-indulgence on unhealthy foods, when really it’s much more about people’s relationship with eating than it is about the food itself.

I actually decided to write a 30-Day challenge (one post for each day through December) on this very topic!


carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream December 15, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Tried the Tahini Lemon Garlic dressing! SO GOOD! I also made a little bit with mustard in the mix and used it on a pita wrap… SO GOOD! Thanks for the inspiration and great recipe!


Gems August 31, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Hi, I just have to say all your recipes look amazing, I can’t wait to start trying them! I wondered the salad dressing you have up there ^^^ How lond would it keep for do you think in an airtight container in the fridge?! Many thanks Gems :D


Jennifer December 4, 2013 at 11:36 am

What could I use instead of oil? Trying to do no fat here! Gotta get my honey’s cholesterol down! Thanks.



Cat March 10, 2015 at 5:36 pm

So I made this the night before and put it back in my fridge…. By the morning the yeast had had quite a party in my fridge. Thankfully it was in a sealed glass jar. What’s the secret to it not multiplying like crazy? I’m assuming the whole one and a half cups are not meant to use in one serving…. It smelled so good last night… Help!


Cat March 10, 2015 at 5:41 pm

Um never mind. Learned the hard way about nutritional vs regular yeast….


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