Monday, December 14, 2015

10 Tips & Recipes on Staying Healthy Through The Holidays!

With winter firmly in place and holiday baking surrounding us, it seems hard to get a handle on remaining healthy during the holiday season.  I have 10 tips and recipes that might just help you remain healthy (and NOT pack on extra pounds).

  1. Early Morning Workouts - This isn't feasible for some, but if you can manage it, DO IT!  You can get your workout in first thing in the morning and then it's done for the day.  You'll feel so much better, you'll feel awake, and you won't have any excuses for not working out at the end of the day.  If you workout at home try the Bettie Page Fitness video or Jack Lalanne Workout videos.  It only takes 20 minutes a day (of a raised heart-rate) to meet the medical minimum of acceptable workout time.  Figure out your calorie burn rate using this exercise calorie burn calculator.
  2. Wonder Soup
  3. Reduce Your Sugar Intake - It is hard to reduce your sugar intake, especially when so many baked items are full of sugar.  The easiest way to reduce your sugar intake is to only eat the sugary stuff on the weekends.  During the weekdays, stick to whole fruit as a sweet snack or dessert.
  4. A Week of Wonder Soup - Since there is time to do this, take a week and eat Wonder Soup for weight-loss.  Here is a good recipe for Wonder Soup. They also let you know what is recommended to go with your soup.  Be sure to have a good magazine in the bathroom.
  5. Chia Seed Pudding
  6. Chia Seed Pudding - For breakfast or dessert.  1 TBSP Chia Seeds  and 1 TBSP Honey or Agave mixed into 8-10oz Almond or Coconut Milk.  Let it set up in the fridge for an hour or until thick.  Try mixing in coconut, pineapple, berries, nuts, and other stuff!
  7. More Water! - Water is always a good thing.  I have a half gallon jug, that once held orange juice, that I currently use for water.  I try to drink at least one jug of water a day (minimum).  Water helps to rid the body of toxins, it hydrates, it can help control calories, it helps maintain your muscles, and it improves your bowel functions.
  8. Bake For The Animals - For some of us, it's almost compulsory to bake for Christmas and New Years.  If you have pets, you might want to spend some time baking treats for the animals.  They will love it and you still get to bake.  You still get that feeling of baking for others, but you won't have to worry about those spare calories.  Take a look on pinterest for easy dog and cat snacks that you can make!
  9. Butternut Squash
  10. Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta - I found this and it looks AWESOME!  I'm going to try it as soon as I get through the leftovers in my fridge.  If you make this, please let me know how it is.
  11. Eat Smaller Portions - This is the easiest way to reduce your food intake.  Use a smaller plate and make what you eat count!  Do you want a plate of potatoes or meat and veggies?  This is a simple trick that can help you from over-eating.
  12. Dark Chocolate - Dark chocolate is good for you, or so we're told by Women's Health.  Milk chocolate has filler in the chocolate (milk and sugar, etc) and white chocolate is actually a mixture of cocoa butter, milk, and sugar.  Go for the darkest chocolate (high cacao percentage) and you'll be good to go!  A little goes a long way.  Dark chocolate is rich and potent.  I really enjoy Ghirardelli 76%, Ghirardelli 82%, and Lindt A Touch of Sea Salt Dark Chocolate.  A square or two is enough to pacify my sweet tooth.
  13. Cook more with Superfoods - This is a great time of the year to start cooking with superfoods.  Superfoods are particular foods that are incredibly nutrient packed.  Some popular superfoods are: pumpkin, kale, pomegrante, salmon, coconut, eggs, walnuts, apples, flaxseed, and oranges.  You can do a simple google search to find lists of superfoods.  If you want to eat smaller portions, but have things count, this is a great way to do it!

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