I Got My Family To Eat Vegan and Gluten Free This Xmas And They Enjoyed It!

After getting married this year, my husband and I decided we should probably start pulling our weight and host the family Christmas extravaganza for the first time. 

I must admit that my motivations weren't entirely altruistic; I wanted to serve a holiday meal that my sister and I could enjoy and feel good about. 

We are both vegan and gluten-free and usually just make do with veggie side dishes or whatever we can at family events. We love family time and try not to make an issue of our special dietary needs. 

But this year, with Christmas in my kitchen, it was our mission to show everyone how good meals can taste while still being kind to the environment and our animal friends. 

This is what our day of Christmas cheer looked like:

  • Vegan and gluten-free Belgian waffles with home-made cashew-peanut butter, pure maple syrup, soy whip, and fresh berries.
  • Soynog lattes and mimosas with fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • Raw veggies and hummus
  • Corn chips and fresh guacamole
  • Zucchini-pinenut pesto risotto
  • Arugula-butternut squash salad with pecans and dried cranberries
  • Roasted brussels sprouts with marcona almonds and pomegranate seeds
  • Oven-roasted potatoes with bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, rosemary, and Daiya mozzarella
Coming up with a tasty and festive menu was actually much easier than I expected. (The internet is an amazing tool when it comes to recipes!) Narrowing down our options for dishes was a bigger challenge. And no one seemed to miss butter, eggs, or cheese in the ones we selected. 

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There are few athletes who enjoy training and competing as much as Ironman champion and 60 -time ironman-finisher Hillary Biscay. Hillary's peers, some of the toughest athletes in the world, will even admit that Hillary eats better, trains harder, and takes care of her body like no one else. Hillary loves, in her own words — "a smashfest" — an intense training day where she tests herself physically and mentally to new limits. She is the Co-Founder of SMASH (www.SmashfestQueen.com), a women's multisport apparel company, and blogs at www.HillaryBiscay.com.