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29 Mar Plant-Strong Easter!

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How do you have a plant-strong Easter?

Let’s start with Easter baskets! Skip the junk food and sugar this year and fill baskets with fun little toys, crayons, playing cards, coloring books. They even make BPA free plastic Easter eggs that you could fill with dried fruits and nuts. You can pick up “That’s It” bars or natural fruit leathers. If you want to skip the plastic eggs all together, you can hide things like clues to finding a fun prize at the end. And what about an alternative to coloring eggs? How about making fun fabric eggs like these. 

What about Easter brunch? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite, special occasion recipes for a great plant-strong Easter brunch!

Deviled Eggs: A recipe by Ann Esselstyn, adapted by our friend, Lindsay Nixon.

Mini Crustless Quiches by Susan at Fat Free Vegan (we skipped the spray oil in this recipe and used silicone muffin pans)

Might Muffins: An old standby here at Engine 2.

Breakfast Burrito Bake by Cathy Fisher at Straight Up Food

Creamy Breakfast Rice Pudding by Dreena Burton at Plant-Powered Kitchen

Engine 2 French Toast


Engine 2 Blueberry Dumpster Cobbler


We’re also big fans of setting the table with lots of beautiful fruit. You can take empty glass bowls or hurricane vases and fill them with seasonal fruit. lemons-and-limes


Of course you can’t go wrong with tulips! We really loved the added idea with the sliced citrus.



This has a nice farms 2 forks feel:



And lastly, we love this idea for a great Easter fruit basket! 


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Natala Constantine

Natala is the director of communications for Engine 2 Diet, she is also one of our coaches on our support site, Engine 2 Extra. A few years ago, Natala was at the end of her rope. She was on almost 15 medications daily, had out of control Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, issues with nerve damage, and was morbidly obese. She was just over 30 years old. She decided to take her life back by becoming plant-strong. She has lost over 200 pounds, got off of all of her medications and now has great health numbers. Natala plays the violin and studied music therapy. She became passionate about plant-strong nutrition, received her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, a certificate in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is currently pursuing a degree in nutritional sciences. Natala is also a featured speaker at our Engine 2 Retreats she talks about the reality of our nations obesity epidemic as well as providing practical steps to becoming a healthier person.

  • Pamela Dunn

    What about dinner? What are your favorite recipes?

  • Grant Treen

    Awesome! I love the deviled eggs recipe. Will definitely be giving it a try.