Forget Valentine’s Day! Galentine’s Day, coined by Leslie Knope the charming character from the show Parks and Recreation, is the real holiday worth celebrating.
Join in the wonderful tradition by celebrating friendship with your best gal pals this February 13. At Cook For Your LIFE, our mission is to teach healthy cooking to people touched by cancer. We believe that the first step toward healthy eating is cooking at home, and what better way to show your love for your girlfriends than a home cooked meal?
Here are some of our favorite ideas to celebrate Galentine’s Day.
1. Have a healthy potluck
Skip the high calorie and price at a restaurant and host a healthy potluck. CookForYourLife.org is full of delicious recipes from simple to extravagant to fit everyone’s skill level. Our founder, Ann Ogden, is a breast cancer survivor so making delicious recipes that are great for breast health is one of our specialties. Check out some of our favorites to try our with your “breast friends.”
2. Have a mocktail party:
There’s a fun cocktail idea for just about every holiday, but can’t we enjoy a festive night with friends sans alcohol? Stack your bar with pomegranate juice, oranges, sparkling apple cider, limes, mint and seltzer for a plethora of delicious fun drinks from Mock Sangria to an Orange Mint Twist.
3. Choose an adventurous meal and make it together:
Have you been waiting for the perfect evening to try out a crazy new recipe? Have everyone grab a few of ingredients at the grocery store on their way over and give it a go. You can make a five-star meal and have fun while you’re doing it.
4. Popcorn and a movie:
Popcorn and a movie are a great pair, just like you and your best friend. Take it easy at night and get inventive with your popcorn choices. We have awesome popcorn recipes like Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn, Chai Spiced Popcorn, Rosemary Olive Oil Popcorn, and Southern Spiced Popcorn. Have a fun taste test, and hey, popcorn is a whole grain!
5. Pizza Party:
Pizza at home can be healthy, no really! We have a ton of great vegetable-loaded pizza makeovers that everyone loves. You can either work together to make a couple of large pizzas or each make your own individual pies. Either way, using pre-made whole wheat pizza dough as your canvas can be so much fun, easy, and totally delicious. Click here for more awesome pizza recipes.
Cook For Your LIFE will be leading a scrumptious cooking demonstration at the YSC Summit next month, the only national conference for young women affected by breast cancer. They’ll focus on nutrition as well as demonstrating some of their favorite simple recipes. Getting in the kitchen doesn’t have to be complicated and they’ll prove it to you!