Welcome December! It is not always easy to eat healthy through the holiday season! It seems there are sweets and treats everywhere you go! I put together my 12 Days of Healthy Holiday Eating with recipes and tips on how to make the holidays a little healthier! You can still enjoy all the flavors and tastes of the season with a little healthy adjustment!
Day 1: Holiday Energy Bites
Check out my video for Day 1 and recipe for Holiday Energy Bites. You don't have to feel guilty about eating this sweet treat!
Day 2: Eat a Salad Every Day
A good way to get a lot of beneficial nutrients is by eating a fresh salad every day! Create a salad bar in your refrigerator to make it easy to put together a salad daily. Salads are a great way to get a good amount of fiber which will help fill you up so you are less likely to overeat. Fiber also aids in digestion, stabilizes blood sugar and lowers cholesterol reducing the risk of heart disease. And best of all, salads are a quick meal solution! Check out my Superfood salad with lemon tahini dressing recipe and How to Build the Perfect Salad guide.
Day 3: Smoothie Time
It’s time for smoothies on Day 3 of my 12 Days of Healthy Holiday Eating! Smoothies are a great way to load up on fruits, vegetables, protein and many essential daily nutrients. It’s also a great way to sneak some extra veggies for kids! I usually incorporate greens into my smoothie, like spinach and kale, but our holiday smoothie only has a touch of green with a little mint! This Festive Holiday smoothie is one of our favorites! Cranberries, pomegranates and strawberries are a perfect combination in this red, delicious smoothie! And don’t forget to blend it up in my favorite blender, a Vita Mix! Is it on your Christmas list yet, we have this model: Vita Mix. Check out our Festive Holiday Smoothie recipe here: Festive Holiday Smoothie
Day 4: Create Quick Meals with Zoodles
Day 4 of my 12 Days of Healthy Holiday Eating is Create Quick Meals with Zoodles (spiralized veggies). Great for easy, healthy meals and a fun way to get kids involved and enjoy eating spiralized veggies! A Veggie Spiralizer would make a great gift for older kids! Great for veggies like: zucchini, cucumber, carrots, beets, potatoes. We love zucchini noodles with marinara sauce. Check out our favorite one here: Spiralizer and a recipe here: Zucchini Zoodles with Tomato Sauce
Day 5: Golden Milk Tea
Day 5 of my 12 Days of Healthy Holiday Eating is: Relax after a busy day with a cup of golden milk tea! Made with turmeric, this drink is filled with many nutritional benefits and is really delicious too! Some of the many benefits of turmeric include: relieves arthritis, boosts immune system, natural anti-inflammatory, liver detoxifier, natural painkiller, supports healthy digestion, natural antibiotic, blood purifier, anti-depressant, improves skin conditions and aids in weight management. Turmeric is a powerful superfood!
Get the BEST, farm direct, non-irradiated turmeric organically grown from a biodynamic farm in Costa Rica sold by my friend Dina Lynn @Timeless Foods www.timelesstumeric.com . I’ve been using this brand for a year now and I wouldn’t use any other! Check out my recipe for Golden Milk Tea. There are many ways to use turmeric but Golden Milk tea is always a favorite!
Day 6: H2O
Day 6 of my 12 Days of Healthy Holiday Eating is Drink Your H2O! There are many benefits to drinking water (8 glasses a day or more!) and keeping hydrated! Some of these benefits include: Prevents headaches, improves brain function, clears toxins, good for healthy skin, improves kidney function, regulates body temperature, reduces hangover symptoms, promotes weight loss, and improves energy and immunity! Drinking water and staying hydrated is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle!
Don’t like plain water? Check out this cool Christmas gift that I got for my husband and son: Water Infuser. They don’t like to drink plain water and they love fruit juices, which tend to have too much sugar! This fruit infuser will be the perfect gift for them (and me too!) They can make their own flavored water and tea combinations and easily get their daily intake of water! Drink up and have a healthy day!
Day 7: Soup's On
Baby it’s cold outside! Day 7 of my 12 Days of Healthy Holiday Eating is…Keep healthy and warm with a big pot of soup! I wanted to share my favorite recipe for vegetable soup! I make this soup all the time! I tried it for the first time in my Instant Pot, a multi-use, pressure/slow cooker and…drumroll please…it cooked in 15 minutes! If you want quick meals, make sure to add an Instant Pot to your list! I have the 6-quart size listed here: Instant Pot.
The best part of the Instant Pot is, you push a button and walk away (wrap presents, pick up your kids, do a load of laundry) and in no time at all it’s ready! Here is the recipe for my Vegetable Soup.
Day 8: Holy Broccoli Guacamole
Day 8 of our 12 Days of Healthy Holiday Eating is making Healthier Appetizers! Why not try a healthy new appetizer this year for a holiday potluck? You won’t feel guilty after having our tasty and nutritious Broccoli Guacamole! We love this version of guacamole and you can’t even tell there is broccoli in it! Served with fresh vegetables, its make the perfect appetizer or snack! Find the recipe here: Broccoli Guacamole
Day 9: Snack Attack with Popcorn
Our all-time favorite snack is popcorn so we had to share it in our 12 Days of Healthy Holiday Eating! Day 9 is Snack attack with a healthy popcorn! Now this isn’t just your regular buttered popcorn! We use coconut oil and sprinkle on Nutritional yeast. What is nutritional yeast you ask?
Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast made from sugarcane and beet molasses. It is a flaky, yellow powder with a nutty taste and is often used in dressings, sauces and vegan dishes to emulate a cheesy flavor. It is very nutritious and is loaded with B vitamins and protein! Drizzle some coconut oil on your air popped popcorn, add a little salt and sprinkle with nutritional yeast, and you have a delicious, cheesy treat! Find the recipe here: Cheesy Popcorn. And get your air popper here: Cuisinart Air Popper. Happy, healthy snacking!
Day 10: Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Almonds
Day 10 of my 12 Days of Healthy Holiday eating is Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Almonds! I always take raw almonds with me everywhere I go. I keep them in my car and they always come in handy when I need a quick and healthy snack. They are low in cabs but rich in protein and fiber, so they help you feel full and you will be less likely to snack on unhealthy foods. Almonds are loaded with antioxidants and many essential nutrients. They are very high in Vitamin E, which protects cells and lowers risk of many diseases. Almonds are also high in magnesium which helps regulate blood pressure. We spiced them up with a little cinnamon and coconut sugar for a nice holiday treat! Find our recipe for Cinnamon Sugar almonds here: Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Almonds
Day 11: More Snacking with Red Bell Pepper Hummus
Day 11 of my 12 Days of Healthy Holiday Eating is another favorite snack that we have on a regular basis…Hummus! Check out my video that shows how quick and easy it is to make hummus. I always have the ingredients on hand and love making different varieties. This one is our Red Bell Pepper Hummus. It’s a perfect, healthy snack to have for game night, while wrapping or baking or to have ready quickly for your holiday visitors. Find the recipe here: Red Bell Pepper Hummus.
Day 12: Christmas Pinwheels
It’s our final day of our 12 Days to Healthy Holiday Eating. Day 12 is Christmas Pinwheels! These are perfect for kids to make and eat! They are easy to make and will had a beautiful color to your holiday appetizer table. Find the recipe here: Veggie Pinwheels.
With these simple healthy additions to your holiday, you CAN have a healthier season! You will have more energy, and won't have to spend January trying to lose those holiday pounds! Remember, everything in moderation! Relax, have fun and don't be too hard on yourself if you overeat or have something you wouldn't normally eat. You can always start over tomorrow!
Happy Healthy Holidays everyone!
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