Happy Memorial Day from Blendtec! Today is much more than a day to sit poolside and barbeque with the family—Memorial Day honors the men and women who have died while serving in the armed forces of the United States of America.
Memorial Day started after the Civil War, to honor the dead of the Union and Confederate, and was originally known as “Decoration Day,” commemorated on May 30. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holiday Act, making Memorial Day the last Monday in May. This ensured every Memorial Day was a three-day weekend, which eventually turned it into the unofficial kickoff of summer.
For most, Memorial Day Weekend is a time of barbequing, backyard games, and sitting poolside or at the beach with a cold beverage in hand. While that’s a perfectly okay way to spend the day, it’s also important to remember those fallen men and women who died fighting for our country. Here are some small ways to honor the meaning of Memorial Day:
Teach your children about the true meaning of Memorial Day
Take a break from swimming to talk to your kids about what the day is all about, helping them to appreciate the sacrifices of those who fought for their freedom.
Donate to the cause
Whether it be donating your time through volunteer opportunities or your money to one of many worthy organizations, you could make a difference in the lives of veterans and military families.
Write a letter to an active duty military member
There are about 200,000 active troops deployed in over 170 countries, and writing a letter is the perfect way to thank those men and women who are far from their homes.
“Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.” – Sharon Jaynes
Being a mom isn’t easy. A mom works hard for 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure her children’s health, well-being, safety, and happiness. They plan, they teach, they work, they cook, and even when their kids grow up and move out, they never stop caring or being there for them.
Showing your mom (or that special someone who played the influential role of mother) love and appreciation should be an everyday task. But every Mother’s Day, we have the chance to make the day all about them and how special they are. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of ways to pamper the person who gave you life and continues to give you love, every day.
This decadent loaf is vegan, gluten free, and loaded with healthy ingredients such as flaxseed, chia seeds, and oats, making it a great mid-day snack, or a quick on-the-go breakfast. Just toss all the ingredients in your Blendtec, blend until smooth, pour in a loaf pan, and bake!
Servings: About 8 slices
Prep time: 5 minutes
Bake time: 40-50 minutes
3 very ripe bananas 2 flax eggs (soak 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed in 2 tbsp of water to make 1 flax egg) 1/3 cup nut or seed butter 3 tbsp almond milk 1 ½ cups oat flour 1 ½ tbsp baking powder 2 tsp chia seeds 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract ¼ tsp salt 1/3 cup chocolate chips 1/3 cup diced strawberries
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a loaf pan or line with parchment paper.
On low speed, blend the bananas, flax eggs, nut butter, and almond milk. Blend until smooth.
Add the oat flour, baking powder, chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Blend again on low speed until smooth.
Stir in the chocolate chips and diced strawberries, the pour into the loaf pan. Top with more chocolate chips and sliced strawberries (optional).
These healthy, vegan bites pack a real punch! Loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy fats, these are a delicious and satisfying treat with numerous health benefits. The addition of moringa, a versatile superfood, adds amino acids, protein, iron, and numerous vitamins and minerals. Moringa is also great for detoxifying, improving liver function, boosting immunity, and so much more. Lemon zest give these bites a light and refreshing flavor, while cashews and pumpkin seeds add protein, healthy fats, iron, and magnesium, making these treats a perfect on-the-go snack.
Lemon Moringa Energy Bites
Prep time: 10 minutes
Time to set: 30 minutes
Yield: 12 balls
¾ cup raw cashews 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds 6 medjool dates ¼ cup coconut 1 tbsp hemp seeds 1 tbsp coconut oil 2 tsp moringa powder 1 tsp chia seeds ½ tsp vanilla extract zest of 1 large lemon juice of half a lemon pinch of salt extra shredded coconut and lemon zest to roll balls in
Place the cashews and pumpkin seeds in your Blendtec Twister Jar. Blend until nuts and seeds are fine crumbs.
Add the dates, coconut, hemp seeds, coconut oil, moringa powder, chia seeds, vanilla, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Blend until well mixed.
Roll into balls, about an inch and a half in diameter. Roll each ball in a mixture of shredded coconut and lemon zest and place the balls in the fridge for half an hour to set. Enjoy!
Linda Kurniadi (creator of Brunch-n-Bites) brings us a quick and easy cheesecake parfait recipe that's perfect for any summer party. In less than 10 minutes and with only 5 ingredients, you will be able to create a sweet and delicious treat to enjoy (and share if you are willing to)!
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