Great tips and a delicious recipe to help you navigate a healthy holiday season AND enjoy the festivities, friends, family and food.
According to the National Institute of Health, the average American gains about 1 pound from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day which is contrary to the often stated 5 to 10 pound weight gain. No, 1 pound isn’t a lot to gain, but the added weight can accumulate over the years.
The good news is holiday weight gain isn’t inevitable and healthy holidays are possible. With a little mindfulness and active living you can stay healthy and enjoy the holiday season.
Tips for Staying Healthy AND Enjoying the Holiday Season
- Stick to your routine as much as possible and find ways to stay active even if it’s not your typical workout. Go sledding, ice skating, or go on a family walk.
- Make moderation your mantra and indulge wisely.
- Provide healthy options. Lighten up a holiday favorite and avoid processed and refined ingredients.
- Give yourself a little me time. Plan for times when you need a break from the busyness of the season. Schedule a hair appointment, a massage or mani-pedi. Not much time? Read a book, have a cup of hot tea or take a hot bath with essential oils.
- Remember. You don’t have to do everything!
Now, I have a breakfast (brunch or brinner) recipe that proves how delicious healthy can taste.
If you’re a chocolate lover you’re going to thank me for this!
Think about enjoying a healthified version of Girl Scout Thin Mints, Andes Mints, Peppermint Hot Chocolate or Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. That’s exactly what you get with this recipe for Double Chocolate Mint Chocolate Chip Oatmeal. And, who doesn’t love a warm bowl of oatmeal on a cold day, right?
The fusion of mint and chocolate creates a healthy breakfast that tastes like a yummy minty chocolate treat!
The fusion of mint and chocolate creates a healthy breakfast that tastes like a yummy minty chocolate treat! [Gluten Free, Breakfast]
- 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats, uncooked
- 1/2 tablespoon cocoa
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon mint extract
- 1/2-1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons Chocolate Designer Protein (I used Chocolate Organic Sunshine Protein)
- 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
- pinch sea salt
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt (optional)
- Microwave the oats and almond milk for about 3 minutes.
- Combine the cooked oats, cocoa, vanilla, mint, syrup, chocolate protein and sea salt. Stir. If the oatmeal is too thick add 1/2-1 tablespoon almond milk.
- Top with yogurt (optional) and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
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