Over the next few weeks, we'd like to share some tips, strategies, and recipes for surviving the busy holiday season.
Tip #1: SHIFT YOUR FOCUS: FAMILY & FRIENDS, NOT FOOD
If you're like most, your response probably included gratitude for loved ones, your job, hobbies, health, etc. and likely didn't involve the word FOOD at all, Am I right?
So why is it then, that it seems that what we eat during this time of year is always such a major focus? Sure, food can be a vehicle for bringing people together to share memories, but the shared time is the important part.
The first step to a healthier holiday season is to shift your mindset from the cookie exchanges, the feasts & office candy bowls to something more meaningful and fulfilling - like what you're most thankful for, and we may be able to avoid all the excess calories and the guilt that ensues.
What are some activities and traditions that your family does that helps make the shift from food eaten together to time spent together?
HEALTHY HOLIDAY RECIPE: BOURBON BACOM BRUSSELS SPROUTS
2 slices cooked, uncured bacon
1lb brussels sprouts, cut in half
2tbsp shallot minced
1tbsp avocado oil
1tbsp maple syrup
1tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2tsp black pepper & sea salt
1/2c dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 425; line baking sheet with parchment paper Combine avocado oil, bourbon, maple syrup, vinegar, salt & pepper. Pour over sprouts and toss to coat. Spread evenly on baking sheet. Roast 15 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove sprouts from oven and add crumbled bacon, cranberries & walnuts. Roast an additional 5 minutes until walnuts are toasted and bacon is crisp.
Serves 6 - Cal 110 | Fat 5.5g | Carbs 10.6g | Protein 4.5g |