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Tips and Recipes For A Healthy Holiday Season

Start the hustle and bustle, the holiday season has arrived.  There are things to get done, gifts to buy, and many holiday get-togethers to attend. With this comes stress, lack of regular exercise, and many times poor eating habits.  Today I just want to reinforce a few tips or strategies to tackle this busy season, as well as a couple recipes that are not only quite tasty, but also healthy at the same time.

3 Simple Tips For A Healthier Holidays

1.   Carve Out Time For Yourself:  It is very easy to get pulled in a million different directions this time of year, and neglect your own physical and mental health.  Schedule time to take care of yourself.  Get in a good workout, go see a movie, get a massage, get plenty of sleep, and don't forget....get adjusted!  (of course, I couldn't leave that one out)

2.  Don't Be Afraid To Say No:  This is true when it comes to many things, but the worst culprit is with food and drinks.  Decide what you really want and have it, but don't be afraid to turn down that second cookie you are offered at you next holiday party.

3.  Set Reasonable Limits:  Yes, this can be about money spent on gifts, but it also pertains to many other things we find ourselves doing.  Managing stress is the key to making it through this time of year without feeling overwhelmed. Spreading yourself too thin can be very detrimental to both your physical and mental health. Set boundaries and limits...and stick to them.

And to make the transition to healthy holiday living a little easier, here are a couple of recipes for you start with.

Plus…this will make you a hit at the holiday parties. Win-win!

Two Healthy Recipes For The Holiday Season

Just be sure that when you walk in with these recipes you smile REALLY big. Why? Because you are about to be famous! OK…maybe not famous, but you'd settle for chef of the party, wouldn't you?

Nutbutter Snowballs

This is courtesy of my good friend and colleague Dr. B.J. Hardick (www.drhardick.com), and is a great healthy dessert to make for your friends and family.

Ingredients:  

  • 1 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/2 cup ground nuts or seeds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (plus additional for rolling finished balls in)
  • Stevia to taste
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix thoroughly. Test for thickness by forming a ball to see if it holds it's shape as desired. At this point, the mixture is just right for nut butter playdough.
  2. For nut butter balls, pull off a piece of dough and roll into a ball about 1 inch or more across. Roll the ball in shredded coconut and set aside, continue until all the dough is rolled.
  3. Enjoy!

Pomegranate Guacamole

This is a personal staple of mine, and one that is loaded with a healthy dose of good fats.  Serve with fresh carrots for dipping. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 2+ tablespoons of chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro
  • fresh lime juice (from 1/2 of a lime)
  • Pink himalayan sea salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup of pomegranate seeds

Directions

Mash avocados in a bowl along with lime juice until desired texture.  Stir pomegranate seeds, cilantro, onion, and sea salt into mashed avocado until well mixed.

Have a Happy Holidays!

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