Want to know a secret…?
We want you to enjoy your holiday dinner! And when we say enjoy, we mean that we want you to savor your favorite cookie or favorite pasta dish. Crazy, right? Remember, eating clean is a lifestyle and not a diet. You should not feel guilty about enjoying the holidays with friends and family. Of course, we do not want you to mindlessly eat either, so here is how we incorporate healthy living into the holidays:
1.) Workout first thing in the morning on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Whether it is one of our Quick HIIT Routines, a workout from your nutrition plan, or just going for a quick run, do something! This will help you stick to your routine and lifestyle, despite it being a holiday.
2.) Double fist! Water that is… It is okay if you are drinking an adult beverage, but just make sure your other hand is holding a glass of water and that you are sipping on it constantly. This will help to ensure that you do not become dehydrated or feel off the next day.
3.) Do not eat just to eat – eat to enjoy! We know that you may be in the presence of a lot of delicious treats and foods, but that does not mean that you have to binge on them either. Rather, enjoy every bite and savor your food. And believe it or not, mindful eating is actually a form of meditation, so yes, you can even get your zen on while eating!
4.) Say “No, thank you.” Ironically, this can be the hardest one of all. It can be hard to say no, and it can be even more difficult if your friends and family do not understand why you are saying no and keep pushing things on to your plate, but it is okay to say no. We go through this ourselves every year, so you are not alone. We want you to remember why you started this journey in the first place and to not be afraid to say no, because saying no does not mean that you are a scrooge, rude, or starving yourself. It means that you care about what you eat, or that maybe you just truly are not in the mood, because you are no longer mindlessly eating!
5.) Use your Holiday Guide! We recently published a special holiday guide with cookies and treats like gingerbread, biscotti, truffles, sangria, eggnog, and more (get it here)! We purposely cleaned up common holiday treats so that you could still enjoy them without your body feeling off the next day. Whip up a batch of cookies or nog (or both), and bring those items to your Christmas party. Some of your friends and family may not even notice the difference (we love not telling people so we can see their reactions once we do)!
Remember, focus on the positive and why you started your health journey in the first place. You should not feel stressed – you should enjoy your holiday. Have fun with your loved ones and remember that you are in control and can continue to be successful, even if you have a damn cookie!
Oh, and here is a recipe that you can make and take with you to any party!
-¼ cup coconut sugar, plus extra for rolling
-2 tsp. ground ginger
-1 tsp. cinnamon
-Pinch of cloves
-½ tsp. baking soda
-¼ tsp. salt
-1 flax egg (1 tbsp. flax meal mixed with 3 tbsp. water)
-3 tbsp. molasses
-1 tbsp. coconut oil, not melted
-1 tsp. vanilla extract
-1 cup spelt flour (you can sub another flour but this helps the cookies stay light in the center. Brown rice flour is another alternative)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Prepare your flax egg by mixing together 1 tbsp. of flax meal with 3 tbsp. of water and let it sit for up to 5 minutes.
Combine all ingredients in a food processor. If you do not have one, that is fine! Just mix everything together in a bowl (it may just take a few extra minutes of manual labor with your spatula). Pulse your processor consistently until everything comes together to form a dough. If for some reason your dough is still very sticky, then add up to an additional 1/4 cup of spelt flour.
Pour a little coconut sugar onto a plate and set aside. Then, use a cookie scoop, spoon, or your hands to scoop out a little dough and roll it into a little ball. Continue scooping and rolling dough into balls until all of the dough has been used. Then roll each ball into the coconut sugar to coat the outside, and place on your baking sheet. Once all of the balls have been rolled in the sugar, use your palm or the bottom of a glass to lightly flatten out the balls.
Place the cookies into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the tops start to feel firm to the touch. When done, remove cookies from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Serve with coffee or tea, or even some eggnog or hot chocolate from your holiday guide!
Please note: These cookies have a crunchier outside and soft inside. If you prefer a softer cookie overall, then omit the coconut oil and bake cookies for 10 minutes.