Happy Holidays! Healthy Side Alternatives for Holiday Dinners

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Fun Holidays this Week:
December 19: Oatmeal Muffin Day – Try this delicious recipe. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/oatmeal-muffins-2717971
December 21: Crossword Puzzle Day – Try a puzzle today. https://www.boatloadpuzzles.com/playcrossword
December 21: Look on the Bright Side Day – Quote: “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” –Oprah Winfrey
December 21: Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year – Astronomically marks the beginning of shortening nights and lengthening days
December 24: National Egg Nog Day – Try this recipe. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/57028/amazingly-good-eggnog/
December 25: Christmas Day – Merry Christmas!
December 27: Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day – Not sure how to make a paper snowflake? Here are some directions. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-6-Pointed-Paper-Snowflakes/
December 28: Card Playing Day – Grab a deck of cards and have some fun with those you love. Not sure of the rules to your favorite games? Here’s a cheat sheet for you. https://www.grandparents.com/grandkids/activities-games-and-crafts/card-games

Hydration Recipe 
Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, keeps your body cool, helps muscles and joints work better and keeps skin supple. Here is this week’s hydration recipe:

Cranberry Mint Water
Ingredients:
1 lb fresh cranberries
1 cup fresh mint leaves
ice
water

Instructions:
In a punch bowl or drink dispenser combine all ingredients. Serve immediately.

Feeling chilled? You can get warm and hydrate at the same time with certain kinds of teas. Did you know both green and black leaf tea add to your fluid intake and help you hydrate?

Healthy Side Alternatives for Holiday Dinners
If you’re like the rest of us, you might be invited to more than one dinner gathering during the holidays. If you are trying to stay healthy this holiday season, here are some tips that will help?

  1. Drink a lot of water before you head over to the festivities. This will keep you from being too hungry to wait for the main meal. No room for appetizers. Score one for you!
  2. Eat a healthy snack before you head over.
  3. Get in a quick workout so that you are burning enough calories that you can handle taking a bite of that delish pie on the counter without feeling guilty!
  4. Bring over healthy side dishes.

Here are a few healthy side alternatives you can bring to your next event:

Mashed Cauliflower
Anyone watching carb content knows to avoid potatoes. Try this instead: boil and mash cauliflower instead of potatoes. Using this tasty recipe, nobody will miss those potatoes. Save the carb count for the rest of the meal.
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/230816/garlic-mashed-cauliflower/

Garlicky Green Beans
I know that the green bean casserole is a treasured addition to any holiday meal, but it’s chock full of calories and fat that you just don’t want right now. Try this recipe for garlicky green beans that incorporates those veggies in a new and delicious way.
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/249339/garlicky-green-beans/

Crunchy Pear and Celery Salad
Instead of the traditional macaroni, green or potato salad – hey, I don’t know what your main dish will be – try this non-traditional pear and celery salad. Pears taste amazing this time of year, and will make for an amazing sweet treat for your tastebuds.
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/249276/crunchy-pear-celery-salad/

The holidays are in full force. What can you do to keep healthy and end the year on a high note?

Here are a few tips for you:

  • Stay in control of stress – I know the holidays can really bring a person to the brink, but take a few moments to yourself throughout the day to just … breathe. Stay calm, it’ll all be over soon!
  • Stretch – Most of us experience stress in our daily lives, especially around the holidays. Stretching has benefits similar to getting a massage. It gets the blood flowing to overactive muscles that have contracted because of stress or immobility. Stretching can be a simple way to relieve some of the tension in your body and help you cope with stress. Here are some simple stretches you can do anywhere:  https://www.trihealth.com/dailyhealthwire/wellness-and-fitness/10-stretches-you-can-do-anywhere/ 
  • Sleep! – You’d be surprised how much the amount and quality of sleep you get can affect your well-being.  Make sure you’re getting to bed at a decent time and getting solid sleep.
  • Stay active – if you can’t make it into the gym, take a walk around the block, go to the park, walk around the mall. Just keep your body moving – it’ll help with the stress as well.
  • Eat as healthy as you can – Eat those veggies and fruits and keep a pack of almonds in your pocket for the times you’re looking for a snack.
  • Schedule a massage – Give me a call to schedule an appointment. Taking some time for yourself during this busy time of year can give you the boost you need to finish the year strong.

With these tips, you’re giving yourself the best advantage to stay healthy through the rest of the holidays.

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