It sucks being told what you can and cannot do during the holiday season. "Don't eat this!" or "don't go there!" are just two sayings that we continuously hear in and out when trying to focus on sustaining a healthy lifestyle. Well, if you're like me and LOVE to take advantage of the season's festivities, chances are you're probably going to do one of those two at some point. However, don't feel guilty by saying "NO" this year, We're here to tell you how you can enjoy the holidays and stay on track at the same time.
1) "DIB AND DAB"
Your mother spent a lot of time cooking that turkey and those holiday cookies. Don't upset her by saying "no, thanks". Instead of loading up a large plate of all of the different treats that she made, try choosing a smaller plate and only grabbing one of each. Place a glass of low-sugar almond (or soy) milk on the side to satisfy your sugar craving and to help keep your stomach feeling full.
2) RE-GIFT YOUR HOLIDAY SWEETS
This one may sound like a rude gesture at first. However, if done correctly, you can avoid breaking sacred rules and holiday hearts at the same time. We recommend trying this: 1) Take whatever sweets you may have (candy, cookies, etc.) and place them in to a small or large bowl. 2) Decorate that bowl to match the holiday season. 3) Host a holiday party and feature those sweets as a "finger food" available for all party goers. 4) Sit back, relax, and watch them go one-by-one knowing that your re-gift was used in a beneficial way.
3) MAKE YOUR OWN (spiced. just kidding,..right?) EGGNOG
Holidays and eggnog are like chest day and bench press; there is no avoiding it, no matter how hard you try. However, eggnog is obviously a lot less healthy than your bench press. Did you know that only one, 8 fl.oz. glass of egg contains 19g of fat (11.3 saturated) and 21.4g of sugar? We as fitness enthusiasts might decide against it because of this reason, however, we suspect that your guests won't feel the same way. Consider the satisfaction of your guests as well as your personal health at the same time by making your own eggnog this year.
Try this simple delicious recipe provided by The Gracious Pantry:
Clean Eating Eggnog
2 cups soy milk (options: milk, unsweetened rice milk, almond or hazelnut milk)
3 egg whites
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + extra to sprinkle on top
Let’s take a moment to talk about your options here first. If you don’t want the eggs in your eggnog, simply omit them. But you will have to reduce the milk by about half to get it to thicken properly.
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for about 2-3 minutes ( I used the pot I was going to cook it in and my hand blender).
Pour the eggnog into a pot and warm over medium-low heat for 15 minutes to cook the egg. You want this to get hot, but you do NOT want to boil it. Towards the end, it will want to simmer. Whisk constantly to avoid it.
Remove from heat and set the pot in the fridge when it’s cooled enough to do so. Chill overnight.
If you made this with the exact listed ingredients (no substitutions), you will see that when it’s cold, it becomes very thick. Blend with a whisk.
If you find that it’s far too thick, simply add a bit more milk until you reach the consistency you enjoy.
Pour into cups and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Enjoy the holidays while they're here, just remember to think of us when you do.
Happy Holidays! Sincerely, the NEP Team.