Guilt-Free Holidays

Guilt-Free Holidays

Many of us worry about overdoing it during the holidays, whether it's spending too much money, buying a lot of unnecessary items or indulging in the festive tasty treats surrounding us at any given moment!

How can we survive the holidays without adding on the guilt (and those few extra pounds that always seem to greet us the week after New Year’s)?

Read on and let these simple tips and tricks be part of your holiday this winter, and indulge without the guilt!

  1. Avoid over-indulging on the three D’s: dips, desserts and drinks. Going to a party and you don’t want to fill up on too much of the rich stuff? First of all, offer to bring a raw veggie and hummus dip platter; your hostess will no doubt be grateful for any extra help you can provide. Second, start on the veggies and hummus you brought (all those enzymes will help ease any gastric distress that may follow later in the evening) and then work your way to smaller samples of all the festive season has to offer by way of dips and all things cheesy and gooey. If you are having a glass (or two) of wine, be sure to drink water in between to avoid dehydration and an upset stomach.

    This way, you're not depriving yourself of the simple holiday pleasures we should all enjoy, but you will have kept control by using some great nutritious veggies and hummus to fill the gap at the start, and water to help your stomach digest the sugary goods.
     

  2. Set a good example. When you are preparing for guests dropping by, add some delicious and mouth-watering fresh fruits and raw nuts and seeds to loads of delicious homemade cookies (or store-bought for those of us in a rush!) on your platters. Again, start with some samplings of the fresh fruit (loaded with enzymes and superstar vitamins to help keep winter viruses at bay) and then sample the treats. This may help kids avoid the super-sonic-hyper-mode they can go into after eating sweets and you’ll all feel better in the morning after a good night’s rest.
     

  3. Connect with your loved ones: The day after a big meal, burn off some of those extra calories by getting outside with your family. There has never been a better time to enjoy the outdoors as there is now with various ski hills open, sledding hills, winter trails and guided walks around town. Consult the KW Moms Club Facebook group. It’s a winter wonderland in our own backyards as well – make a snow fort or a snow angel, and get in touch with your inner “kid” this season.
     

  4. Avoid the fast-food drive-through while on the road. We are all guilty of those occasional trips through the fast food restaurant when we are out shopping and running around to get things done before Christmas Eve. Keep quick and easy snacks with you and when you do have to hit a drive-through, be sure to grab a salad! You will feel better about your choice and have a bit more energy for those long line-ups in the coming weeks!

    Quick snacks to bring along can include Tania’s Nut and Seed Mix (keep reading for the recipe); an apple and a rice cake; or blueberries and some rice crackers. Keep these in your car or purse in small containers or snack baggies for quick and easy access.

Most importantly, take the time to enjoy the holidays and avoid anything that brings you stress. Take time for yourself and loved ones and enjoy all that the season has to offer!

Tania’s Nut and Seed Mix

This snack is easy to make, easy to transport, and packed with protein and healthy fats!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of raw almonds
  • 2 cups of raw cashews
  • 1 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup of sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup of dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup of dark chocolate chips

To make: Mix together in a large bowl and place into individual containers/baggies for moms on the go! If you are nut-free, just add extra seeds, soy nuts and more dried fruits to your mix! 

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