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Happy Fourth of July weekend! What are you doing to celebrate? Perhaps you’re heading to the beach for a long weekend on the water. Maybe the mountains is more your scene. Or perhaps you’ll stay in your town or city to watch the fireworks surrounded by those you love.

This holiday celebrates summer in the best way possible. Filled with friends and family, sunny weather, vacation spots, and delicious food, celebrating independence turns out to be one of the best weekends of the year for many.

If you’re getting together with friends this weekend, chances are there is a lot of food in your future. Hot dogs, hamburgers, multi-colored cupcakes, and chips will line many a backyard table this weekend. While celebrating with these delicious staples is wonderful, in our view, there’s always a room to insert a little nutrition onto a typically full plate.

Celebratory food doesn’t have to be unhealthy – especially in the summer, when fresh produce teems on farmers’ market tables and grocery store shelves, showing off their bright colors and even brighter taste. This holiday, incorporate some vitamins, minerals, and nutrition into your potluck meals by committing to one healthy recipe.

We’ve put together a few ideas that will help you incorporate nutrition, taste, and fun all at the same time. All of these recipes also use fresh summer produce, which amps up their flavor and health benefits even more.

Make the most of the holiday by bringing one of these fresh, easy recipes to your potluck party. These five recipes taste so good – the other guests won’t even know how nutritious they truly are!

  1. Creamy Greek Pasta Salad by Two Peas and their Pod
  2. Raw Corn Radish Salad by Veggie Inspired
  3. Ricotta Cake with Mixed Berries by Naturally Ella
  4. Minted Watermelon Salad with Bulgur by Foolproof Living
  5. Broccoli Pesto Dip by A Healthy Life for Me

What are you up to this Fourth of July weekend? Let us know what recipes you’ll be bringing to the potluck in the comments below!

Here at Earth shoes, we really care about your health. From the soles we help put on your feet to the recipes and health tips we provide here on the blog, we constantly hope to provide you with the information and tools you need to live a healthy, happy lifestyle. Giving back is essential to everything we do and on every team at our company, from the shoe designers to the communicators.

Our company also promotes and helps others achieve a healthy lifestyle in another way: through volunteerism. If you’ve worked with a community organization before, you know how rewarding it is to selflessly give to those in need (while having a little fun in the process!).

In April of this year, one of our account executives, Julie Herman, spent her Wednesday volunteering at Northwest Harvest, a non-profit organization that functions as Washington State’s statewide hunger relief agency. Northwest Harvest strives to end hunger in Washington by supporting local food banks, providing nutritious, healthful food to those in need, and promoting good health. In fact, Northwest Harvest distributes food to a network of over 370 food banks, meal programs, and high-need schools statewide!

Here’s what Julie had to say about her experience:

April is Footwear Cares month in the shoe industry, and I chose to volunteer again this year at Northwest Harvest in Kent, Washington. I am proud to have represented Earth Brands to help families in need. This year, approximately 50 volunteers packed beans and boxed grapefruit. As a bean bagger, I helped bag 5,000 pounds of beans in less than two hours – those 5,000 pounds equals 3,846 meals for people in need! The 12,726 pounds of grapefruit also came out to 9,789 meals. It’s such a rewarding feeling to know that a few hours of my time can have such an impact on our community.  

Footwear Cares month is run by Two-Ten, a charitable foundation offering financial assistance, counseling, community resources, and scholarships to those working in the footwear industry and beyond. They organize Footwear Cares month to give back to the greater community. Neil Newman, Two-Ten President, as well as other shoe industry representatives from Nordstrom and Washington Shoe Company all participated in the Northwest Harvest event (just to name a few).

The shoe industry is constantly growing, and with it grows our ability to give back to the community in more ways than one. We look forward to facilitating more opportunities to provide a healthy lifestyle to those who need it most – and to each and every one of our loyal followers at Earth Shoes!

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December is always such an enjoyable month. Between shopping for holiday presents, trimming the tree, cooking warm, delicious meals, and spending time with loved ones, it’s hard not to feel yourself swimming with happiness throughout the majority of the holiday season. Add all those holiday parties to the mix and you’ve got yourself a fun, laughter-filled month.

If you’re heading to a few holiday parties in the coming weeks, you certainly aren’t alone. And as the holidays are defined, many of those parties probably involve some delicious, heart-warming meals. Whether a straight dinner party or a soiree filled with drinks and appetizers, holiday parties are practically defined by food. Sugar cookies shaped like snowmen, gooey pasta dishes, roasted vegetables and meats, and other scrumptious concoctions line the table at these parties like the lights running down the staircase.

While this food is delicious, it can also cause a bit of stress – how do you avoid some of the temptations to make sure your body feels as healthy and happy as it normally does throughout the year? How do you enjoy the delicious food while staying comfortable and joyous – not sluggish and drawn?

Our recommendation? Avoid the bloat and discomfort of overeating by filling your plate with veggies. We all know how amazing a diet rich in fruits and vegetables makes us feel. But don’t rely solely on the hosts to provide these dishes – they’ll always appreciate if you bring a little something to share with others, particularly one filled with nutrition!

Want to get creative? Bring the bread by whipping up these homemade Pumpkin Sage Biscuits by Minimalist Baker (1). Complete with real pumpkin and sage, these biscuits are the perfect start to any holiday meal.

Add some plant-based protein to the mix to keep guests (and yourself!) fuller, longer with Quinoa Salad Stuffed Acorn Squash by Love and Lemons (2). Roasted acorn squash serves as a filling base for a tasty, holiday-inspired quinoa salad.

Go the comfort food route – complete with some veggie goodness – and offer some Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese by Naturally Ella (3). While rich and cheesy, sweet potato and spinach complete the majority of this yummy dish.

Sneak a little veggie into a traditional appetizer – hummus and crackers – and delight guests with a festive Cranberry, Feta, and Sweet Potato Hummus by Two Peas and their Pod (4).

And last but not least – someone has to bring the salad. Why not you! Put together this hearty Kale, Clementine, and Feta Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing by Cookie and Kate (5) to have guests clamoring for more of the green stuff.

How do you delight holiday guests with veggie-base meals? Let us know your best recipes in the comments below!

April is Footwear Cares® month and I participated in this extraordinary national event! I am proud to have represented Earth Brands, one of over 100 footwear companies that are coming together to help children in need. I had a great time working alongside Neil Newman, Two-Ten President, and a number of amazing volunteers that came to the NW Harvest warehouse in Kent, WA on 4/20/16.

 

During the two hours at NW Harvest, the Footwear Cares® group packaged 1,498 pounds of pasta that will provide for 1,098 meals! Everyone walked out with a smile on their face and joy in their heart knowing the impact we had on our community. NW Harvest is a non-profit organization supporting food banks in Washington State. NW Harvest distributes food to a network of more than 370 food banks, meal programs, and high-need schools throughout Washington State.

 

Sponsors

http://www.twoten.org/news-events/footwear-cares/2016-footwear-cares-participating-companies/

 

NW Harvest

http://www.northwestharvest.org/

 

Two-Ten

http://www.twoten.org/news-events/footwear-cares/

Written by Julie Herman, E-commerce Account Executive