I’m so happy to introduce you to an amazing person – and an amazing chef – Melissa Costello of Karma Chow! Melissa has a gift when it comes to helping people eat healthier (including P90X’s Tony Horton and the Old Spice Guy, Isaiah Mustafa) and she’s offered to share some of that gift with us here!
Why should our brides consider going at least part-time vegan as a part of their pre-wedding diet? Going vegan in a healthful way will give the brides more options to eat fruits and veggies which are naturally slimming and create more energy. They want to be sure to do it healthfully by eating mostly whole foods and minimum processed foods that come in a bag, box or can!
How did you get started as a vegan? I gave up red meat when i was 19 after biting into a big mac and realizing how disgusting it was. After that it was a natural progression because i started to feel better and better and heal a lot of childhood illnesses i had such as, asthma, irritable bowel and migraines.
You’re Italian, like me. Have you gotten your parents to eat healthier? No! My father is no longer living and my mother eats a very S.A.D. diet. My family does like healthy food, but they don’t always make the healthiest choices.
You just had a new cookbook come out – i love the breakfast quinoa! What are some of your favorite recipes? I love the chickpea tuna because it tastes just like tuna salad and it’s completely vegan. It’s also really simple to make. I also love to make my cardamom chocolate chippers because they are healthy, yet taste so devilishly decadent.
What are some easy healthy swaps that will trick even the pickiest carnivores? Oh yes, this is a great question. Cashew cheese is one that gets them every time. I mix this into my baked ziti dish and my enchiladerole and no one ever knows. It’s cashew based so has protein and lots of healthy fats in it.
What kind of foods should you include in an ideal meal plan for the day of the wedding? Lots of greens! You want energy, lightness and nutrition!
Would you recommend a cleanse before the wedding? Absolutely! My 30-day cleanse is food based, so it will teach brides how to eat for health, not just diet. They can take it forward even beyond their special wedding day. It’s a really do-able plan because you get to eat a lot of yummy food, and not feel like you are starving yourself!
What foods would you serve at your wedding? Definitely vegan! I would make a lot of beautiful finger foods like mushroom poppers, endive boats with garnet hummus and pomegranate seeds, and cucumber cups with smoky black bean dip. For entrees i would include a wonderful vegetable curry and miso stir fry with a huge tropical kale salad on the side. These meals are light, delicious and filling.
You can buy Melissa’s new cookbook, The Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook, at Amazon… but one lucky bride will be able to win a copy here on the site! Enter below for your chance to win!
Good luck, and eat healthy!