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December 3, 2012

Are You Ready For A Healthy Holiday For A Change?

What Is Your Holidays Mindset?

There will be holiday parties at work, school, with family and friends. The goodies will be abundant … most full of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients.

Will you be among those who say…

“It’s the holidays. I’m just going to enjoy the food and festivities and think about getting healthy in January.”

Are you going to let yourself put on an extra five or ten pounds thinking you’ll lose it after the first of the year when you make those New Year’s resolutions that you never keep? And that five pounds accumulates every year so that you’ve added an extra 20, 30 or 50 pounds that you don’t know how to get rid of because all the diets you’ve tried have been a dismal failure?

Or are you going to take charge of your health this holiday season?

You can enjoy the fun and festivities and still have a healthy holiday.

Here are a few tips …

Prepare healthy holiday foods. Last time, I gave you a great many suggestions for healthy Thanksgiving fare. The same foods that are healthy for Thanksgiving can also be prepared for the upcoming holidays this month. If you want some variety, different from Thanksgiving food choices, keep these points in mind …

  • Focus on healthy animal proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.
  • Eat frequent small meals, every two or three hours, but don’t overeat. You can still have three main meals, but eat smaller portions to account for the between-meal snacks.
  • Choose healthy snack foods, like nuts and seeds, fruit and nuts, celery, carrot or apple slices with nut butter.

If you have to have those baked goodies, try some Paleo recipes using coconut flour instead of wheat or other grains.

Here’s a recipe for Nut Butter Bars from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Primal BluePrint Cookbook. (used with permission) page 196.

1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup hazelnuts
1 1/2 cups pecans
2/3 cup flax meal
2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup unsalted almond butter (or other nut butter)
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons blackstrap molasses
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
Optional…
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or dried fruit

Place almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, flax meal, shredded coconut, nut butter, salt and molasses in a food processor. Depending on the size of your food processor, you may have to put in half of the nuts, pulse a few times and then add the rest. Process until the consistency is fairly smooth (but not completely) then slowly drizzle in the oil until a coarse paste forms. Stir in chocolate or dried ftuit, if using. Scrape the batter into an 8×8 pan lined with parchment and press down evenly to fill the pan. Chill in refrigerator for at least one hour, preferably more, until bars harden.

Here’s a recipe for Carob Coconut Candy. I threw it together one night when I had a fierce chocolate craving. It’s been a favorite ever since.

So, here you have two healthy dessert recipes that you can use this holiday season to help keep your holidays healthy.

 

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