The Holiday Season is here! Along with all the wonderful moments the holidays bring, they also tend to bring along extra stress, hectic schedules, and difficulty maintaining healthy habits. The following are some tips to help you to make the most of this cherished time of year, and feel great while doing so!
-On the days and weeks leading up to the holidays, be sure to nourish yourself by supplementing all of those holiday treats with nutritious meals so you have energy for all of your holiday planning! Strive to eat an abundance of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, plant-based proteins, and healthy fats. One idea is to pre-cook a variety of whole foods at the beginning of each week, such as brown rice, sweet potatoes, kale, and lentils, throw them together in a bowl each night, top it all with creamy avocado or tahini dressing, and you have yourself a quick and wholesome power bowl for each day of the week!-If you are hosting a holiday gathering, truly nourish your guests by building your holiday meals around wholesome seasonal ingredients- Think winter squashes, leafy greens, and grounding root vegetables. -Use more whole grains in your holiday cooking- Serve some dishes with whole grains such as quinoa and brown rice as a base, such as this Autumn Harvest Quinoa. Experiment with whole grain flours such as whole wheat, brown rice, and oat flour in your holiday baking. A great rule of thumb is to replace half of the all-purpose flour in a recipe with your favorite whole grain flour.-If you aren’t hosting, bring along a new and creative healthy dish for your family and friends to try! Even the simplest roasted squash or sweet potato dishes are hearty, comforting choices that are sure to impress. -Remember that food plays an important role in our overall health, but we truly thrive when healthy eating is accompanied by a healthy lifestyle! Be sure to fit in some enjoyable activities and regular exercise, get enough sleep, and make time for yourself to relax and recharge during this busy season!