by Junelle Lupiani, R.D.
Traveling can be one of the hardest times to stick to healthy choices. If you're not enticed by pre-packaged salads or soggy sandwiches - the healthy options in airports might seem very bleak. So, my recommendation is to plan ahead. Pack these healthy snacks in your carry-on and feel confident in your ability to stay above the fray, stick to your guns, and give your body nutrients even while your mind is spinning with boarding calls, aisle numbers, and seat assignments.
Celery sticks & Miraval’s Carrot Peanut Butter
Miraval's signature carrot peanut butter is served daily during lunch - it's a favorite of Miraval's guests. And it's just plain yummy. Plus, it's packed with protein from the peanut butter and nutrients from the carrots. Low-cal and decadent, all in one. Here's the recipe --> The Famous Carrot Peanut Butter Recipe
Whether you're preparing for a casual dinner party or snacks for the office, our Spicy Soy Nut Pretzel Mix, from Miraval's Mindful Eating cookbook, can be made in advance and kept covered with plastic wrap for up to a day. Truth be told, we don't think it will last that long at your house—this addictive snack tends to disappear quickly!
Spicy Soy Nut Pretzel Mix
Makes 5 Cups; Serving Size: 1/2 Cup
- 2 1/2 c. salted, small pretzel sticks
- 2 1/2 c. unsalted soy nuts (or any other raw nuts or combination of raw nuts, if desired)
- 1/4 c. agave syrup or honey
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. Blackening Spice Blend (7 Tbsp. onion powder, 7 Tbsp. paprika, 6 Tbsp. ground black pepper, 6 Tbsp. dried oregano, 6 Tbsp. dried and crushed thyme, 4 Tbsp. garlic powder, 3 1/2 Tbsp kosher salt, 3 Tbsp. ground white pepper, 2 tsp. cayenne pepper)
PREHEAT the oven to 375ºF. Lightly coat a baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray.
December 2013 Recipe of the Month
December is the time for holiday parties, and the recipe below, from the December chapter of Mindful Living by Miraval, is a light, delicious, and sophisticated hors d'ouevre—perfect for entertaining! Serve these oysters on the half shell, nestled on the recommended bed of rock salt and pink peppercorsn, and prepare for your guests to swoon. Enjoy!
Oysters on the Half Shell with Mango-Ginger Cocktail Sauce and Pomegranate Mignonette
Makes about 4 servings; Serving Size: 3 oysters
- 12 medium West Coast oysters
- 4 tsp. Mango-Ginger Cocktail Sauce (recipe follows)
- 4 tsp. Pomegranate Mignonette (recipe follows)
FOR each plate, arrange three freshly shucked raw oysters. Serve with one teaspoon of the Mango-Ginger Cocktail Sauce and Pomegranate Mignonette.
FOR an enhanced presentation, pour a half cup of rock salt on each plate and press the oyster shells into it. This will help to keep the shells from sliding around. The rock salt may be sprinkled with paprika or crushed pink peppercorns for additional color.
It's that time of year again to start thinking about what you're going to serve on Thanksgiving to "wow" your friends and family. As the holiday season approaches, you might be starting to worry about the extra pounds that many of us acquire attending holiday parties and indulging in the delicious baked goods circling the office. Although we can't always control what is in our environment at all times, you can try to make healthier dishes this year whether you're hosting or just bringing one or two items to a holiday gathering. These Miraval recipes are featured in our Mindful Eating cookbook (which makes a great gift for any wellness-minded chef!) Incorporate one or all of these recipes into your Thanksgiving meal this year!