From the foods I eat to the beauty products I use, I'm a health and organic maven. My dedication to organic products and natural living started when I discovered wellness activist Kris Carr and her passion for juicing.
Carr, writer of New York Times Bestseller "Crazy Sexy Diet," recommends using organic vegetables for juicing and after immediately feeling the effects of organic juicing, I overhauled my lifestyle.
While shopping for exciting birthday decorations from Shindigz for my daughter's 6th birthday party, I thought about how at last year's party my family and guests gorged on fatty foods and sugary cake, which now feels unsettling. So naturally, no pun intended, I wanted to go the organic route this year during my party planning.
Host a healthy, organic birthday party with these tips and recipes:
Imagine baking and eating a birthday cake that's actually good for you. My family and daughter will not only indulge in cake, but in wellness too. SuperMilkMama.com offers a recipe for an organic sprouted cake that's sugar and gluten-free.
The whole grain cake's main ingredient is Organic Sprouted Gluten-Free Brown Rice Flour (available at OrganicSproutedFlour.net), which is flour packed with nutrients, protein and fiber.
Healthily sweeten the sugar-free cake with Xylitol, Stevia or Rapadura by Rapunzel.
SuperMilkMama recommends using wholesome sweeteners Lakanto or Stevia from Body Ecology for making a batter free of sugar and glycemia. Accent the cake by mixing up a sugar-free cultured, cream cheese frosting.
The trick for cooking organic food for a birthday party is to keep it kid-friendly and delicious. Disney's Family.com features organic meal recipes that are not only fresh and organic but budget-conscious as well.
I cooked up the Smoky Veggie Quesadillas because of their smokey-sweet flair and zesty lime flavor. Serve grilled zucchini, red bell peppers, onion and grated cheddar cheese stuffed in golden and crisp tortillas. Your guests will devour every last bite.
Also, EatingWell.com's Easy Fiesta Beans are a tasty side dish for your celebratory Mexican feast. Use fat-free refriend beans, no-salt-added pinto beans and organic shredded cheese from Horizon to create this healthy Mexi side dish. Don't forget to set out Xochitl White or Blue Corn Tortilla Chips and Asada Verde Salsa for some pre-din snackin'.
Organic Cookie Favors
At a birthday party, you can't send your guests home without a favor, and a bag of homemade organic cookies are a delightful idea.
Bake a variety of healthy cookies using organic recipes from Inhabitots.com, including:
Wrap a few cookies in clear eco-friendly compostable favor bags from ClearBags.com, and tie a decorative ribbon. NoblePack.com offers a variety of solid-colored, printed and crimped ribbon that's eco-friendly and stylish.
For a vintage aesthetic, tie your organic cookies in recycled and biodegradable ribbon from SuperiorGiftWrap.com.
A single mom and freelance web designer and writer, Rebecca manages to juggle being an awesome mom and keeping her readers happy.