Sneaky Healthy Holiday Recipes

How To Be Sneaky Healthy at the Holidays
(No One Has to Know You’re Eating Vegetables)

Here at S-Dubs, we’re all about balance. And by balance, we mean, a good amount of indulging with just the right amount of healthy-so-you-and-your-skin-don’t-die. If you have food allergies, sometimes it’s almost easier to stay healthy, especially at the holidays. You get to walk into every holiday party, proclaim that you can’t touch the dairy unless they want a broken toilet, and move on. But if you’re just on the sensitive side, or you’re aware that you need a certain amount of healthy food to stay glowy and happy, then it can be a little harder. You want to have a good time, you want to have some of that onion dip, you don’t want to walk around telling everyone that said dip will give you zits for days, but you also don’t want zits for days. Are we speaking your language?

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vegan mac and cheese recipe

S.W. Recipe: Vegan Butternut Squash Mac ‘n “Cheese”

 So, if you think this post is going to be all about how I love mac ‘n cheese, but how I’m vegan and the struggle is so real… you’re wrong. For one, I’m one of the few people in the universe that is lukewarm on mac ‘n cheese (childhood incident involving vomit – k?). Moreover, I am decidedly NOT vegan. I like half and half in my coffee, cheese pizza, yogurt, Ben & Jerry’s, etc.
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S.W. Recipe: Date Energy Balls

When we’re really busy, our healthy eating habits tend to fall by the wayside; snacking digresses into a handful of chocolate covered raisins, a bunch of chips, or – worse of all – an iced latte. All of these snacks, while tasty going down, leave us feeling lethargic, kind of guilty, and totally hungry.

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S.W. Recipe: Elana’s Veggie Sushi

If you know me, you know that I love sushi. I would eat it every single day if it was socially acceptable (is it?) and if I didn’t live with another human that enjoys some culinary variety. With this noted, sushi is always something I order in, which isn’t something I’m totally proud of — it can get expensive and it produces an awful lot of waste (hello, plastic-packaged soy sauces!).

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S.W. Recipe: Aloe Vera Margaritas + Fresh Pico de Gallo

Cinco de Mayo is quite possibly our favorite holiday to observe. It’s almost like a kick-off party for the warmer months, filled with tacos, margaritas, and unlimited chips and salsa. I mean, seriously, what’s not to like? As such, we couldn’t allow this holiday to pass by without sharing two of our favorite Cinco-ready recipes: Aloe Vera Margaritas and Fresh Pico de Gallo. Both of are wholesome without being party poopers, loaded with flavor, and guaranteed to give your gathering what it needs to become a full-on fiesta. Read on!
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S.W. Recipe: Baked Almond Butter Bananas

“Hot stuffed bananas! Getcha hot stuffed bananas!”


If you know team S.W., you know we’re all about eating well, but that we know how important it is to indulge (looking at you pastries/bagels/other refined-and-fabulous-tasting treats). So we’re always on the lookout for our food version of Prince Charming: healthy, sweet treats that satisfy but won’t leave us feeling sluggish or bloated. (Right now, we’re really into Hungry Root’s Black Bean Brownie Butter and Big Spoon Roasters Chai Spice nut butter.)


While we love scouring the interwebs and shelves for our next favorite, edible find, we also get a kick out of experimenting in the kitchen, which is where this recipe comes in.


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S.W. Recipe: Vegan Nut Cheese

Q: How much do I love cheese? A: The limit does not exist. Like most of you, I find cheese to be one of life’s greatest pleasures. The main event of my favorite foods (read: macaroni and cheese, pizza, and chicken parm) is cheese. However, in high school, I began frequenting the doctor due to chronic sinusitis, and was told that curbing my dairy intake may help with mucus production and inflammation. Open to tweaking my lifestyle to alleviate my symptoms, I began slowly pumping the breaks on dairy consumption.

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S.W. Recipe: Mackenzie’s Not-So-Bad-For-You Loaded Veggie Mac ‘n Cheese

Roughly two years ago, our friend Mackenzie Smith left S.W. Basics to pursue a full-time career in food. While we hated to see her leave, we’ve loved watching her grow her interests and talents in a full-fledged, drool-worthy business. Not only is she the head chef of (the amazing-looking) The Black Dolphin Inn in New Smyrna, Florida, her blog and Instagram – both aptly named Grilled Cheese Social – have become wildly popular sources for food inspo.


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S.W. Recipe: Rachel’s 9-Ingredient Quinoa Granola

Several weekends ago, I woke up with a very specific hankering for kinda-savory-but-slightly sweet granola. Since I didn’t have said granola on hand in my apartment, I dragged my sleepy bum to the overpriced supermarket near my apartment. After perusing the various available options, I realized that I couldn’t find a healthy granola for under $11. In an attempt to be both frugal and resourceful, I abandoned my granola mission and headed home.

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