How To Navigate The Holidays, plus Gluten Free Recipes
How to Navigate the Holidays, Healthy Style!
In order to stay on track with your health, fitness, or weight loss goals this holiday season, I’ve compiled a few tips and recipes for you!
First and foremost you must PLAN PLAN PLAN! Not having a plan, is planning to fail. Plan ahead to bring your own healthier alternatives to your favorite holiday dishes (see a few recipe ideas below).
Search for healthier recipes on Pinterest or Google. Try using search words such as, "paleo, low carb, processed free, and clean" when searching for holiday recipes to make this season.
Making your own healthier version of holiday favorites can help prevent you from over indulging in the less than healthy dishes. This will leave you feeling full and satisfied, rather than stuffed and in a turkey coma!
Moderation is important, a cookie or two during a holiday party is ok, just don't eat the whole tray!
If you’re traveling for the holidays you can plan ahead by packing clean snacks to take along with you like organic raw nuts, grass-fed beef jerky, RX Bars, organic dark chocolate, or try my portable pre-workout bars (special holiday version of this recipe below).
You can also plan ahead by doing some research about healthier restaurant options in the area you're traveling to.
🎄 🦃 Happy, healthy holidays to you all!! 🕎 🍽
Portable Holiday Pre-Workout Bars
2 cups organic, unsweetened, shredded coconut
1 cup nut butter (cashew or almond are best)
4 tbsp. coconut oil (or grass-fed butter)
4 tbsp. almond meal
1 tbsp. stevia powder
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon.
How to Create this Recipe:
Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl with a hand mixer.
Once mixed, spread evenly onto a parchment lined baking sheet or glass casserole dish.
Next, melt 2-4 oz. of dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao) with a double boiler or in the microwave. Once chocolate is melted, drizzle it on top of the bar. Then, sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.
Refrigerate until they harden and then cut into 6-8 bars.
Better-Than Sweet-Potato Casserole
(recipe courtesy of WholesomeYum.com)
The Harvest Sparkle
(recipe courtesy of FedandFit.com)
Holiday Coffee Caramel Chocolate Almond Bark with Vanilla Bean Caramel
(recipes courtesy of Juli Bauer of Paleomg.com, from her Juli Bauer Cookbook)
Serving Size: 1 (based off of 8 servings total of Holiday Pre-Workout Bars)
Fat: 51 g
Carbs: 20 g
Protein: 10 g
*All nutritional information are estimations and will vary.