Can you believe less than TWO weeks until Christmas? The countdown is on (for those Amazon packages to arrive in time ;)! Crazy!!
So today, I thought I would do a recipe round-up to creating a healthier holiday, plus, I have a HUGE surprise to share with you at the end. (You'll actually be the very firstto know because the official announcement goes out tomorrow!)
But first, food because, hey, it's something I want to talk about 24/7 (and preferably eat that often too if stomachs allowed for it!).
The holidays can be a time of over-indulgence, but that doesn't have to come with feelings of guilt, discomfort & not feeling so hot. You can enjoy delicious tasting foods and still have them be good-for-you. Or, at least I like to seek out those types of foods...and now I'm here to share them with you!
Try swapping in just one of the items below -- I wouldn't even mind one bit if it's the pie at the end that you do. It's worth it!
Without further ado, here's a little look at how you can plan out your holiday meal with health in mind:
- Lentil Walnut Loaf (a great meat replacement and what my family and I had last Thanksgiving)
- (High Protein) Garlic Mashed Potatoes (these are my absolute favourite, and what I pair with mushroom gravy time and time again!)
Sides & sauces:
- Mushroom gravy (this one is the best!)
- Oven-roasted (root) vegetables (parsnips, rutabaga, carrots, onions, sweet potatoes or regular potatoes, brussel sprouts, etc.)
- Organic cranberry sauce (even if it's canned - make sure organic)
- Balsamic brussel sprouts and red grapes (sounds like an interesting combo to me!)
- Vegetarian stuffing (haven't tried this recipe, but it looks like a good one)
- Butternut squash, sweet potato & apple soup
- Salad (topped with roasted beets would be awesome!)
- So Delicious Coconut Milk Holiday Beverages (flavours: nog, mint chocolate & pumpkin spice)
- Homemade Hot Chocolate (all you need is milk of choice, either cacao (or cocoa) powder or cacao paste, sweetener of choice, a little dash of vanilla + some of that cocowhip on top!) --> make it mint by adding an organic candy cane to it and letting it melt or adding a drop of peppermint essential oil!
Here's a look at our spread in the past that satisfied all (even the non-vegans!):
I told you healthifying the holidays doesn't have to come without delicious foods. Who did you think you were talking to? I am the flavour queen!
Any of these recipes you plan to make?
Which one looks THE BEST to you?