First of all, I have to say thank you all SO MUCH again for the love and support yesterday. We’re coping better around here (although I must admit I’m missing my companion laying at my feet right now). As I mentioned last week, I really enjoy featuring other great bloggers regularly here on Best Body Fitness so I now have a weekly guest post feature. A fun way to find new blends and possibly get some new insight in the process. Today, I welcome Julie from A Better Life With Burgers to talk healthy holidays ! LOTS of tips AND a super simple recipe!!
Hi everyone! I’m Julie, the blogger behind A Better Life with Burgers. I had the pleasure of meeting Tina earlier this year at BLEND Retreat, and I’ve also participated in Best Body Boot Camp – currently enjoying Round 3! I really admire Tina’s blog and her abilities as a personal trainer, so I jumped at the chance to help out with a guest post!
With the holidays fast approaching, I see pumpkin-spiced treats everywhere: Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, Pinterest, blogs. I know I’ll be indulging in at least a few seasonal delights over the next few months. The holidays also tend to make us all mysteriously busier; we have parties to attend, gifts to purchase and wrap, cards to send, and perhaps a heavier workload at the office.
It all adds up, and I often find myself low on energy and high on stress—not a healthy combination. The best defense is a good offense, right? By being prepared for the next few months, we can actually enjoy the end of the year instead of surviving it in an exhausted daze. Here are some ways to not succumb to the stress and overindulgence.
- Try a new healthy recipe. Sure, it’s easy to drool over all those chocolate-covered-pumpkin-caramel-marshmallow bars on Pinterest, but the holidays can inspire plenty of healthy goodies, like homemade applesauce, pumpkin granola, or a cream cheese appetizer (see below!).
- Decide on a number of drinks before you go to a party. You’ll be more likely to savor and enjoy your drink(s), drink them slowly, and not regret it the next day.
- At a dinner party, scan all your options before creating one plate of food. There is always room for indulgences and special treats, but on a day you’re looking to take it easy, stick to one plate.
- Don’t be afraid to be that person who brings fresh fruit or veggies or a green salad to a potluck. Most people appreciate those options, and you can load up your plate with veggies with all the other stuff.
- For those long days of holiday shopping, plan ahead for meals. Is there a healthy option nearby, or should you pack something from home?
- Carve out time for exercise. It seems we have even less time than usual during the holidays, but regular workouts will relieve stress, increase your energy, and help make up for some of those pumpkin pie slices.
- If you’re attending a party or two in one week, do your best to eat at home the other days.
- Choose active outings. The holidays typically draw large crowds to the movie theater, but why not try something new? Go ice skating, bundle up and take a walk through the neighborhood, go snow skiing or snowboarding, sign up for a local race.
- Get a jump start on those New Year’s resolutions. Why wait until January? There’s no time like the present!
- Find time for yourself and time with your loved ones. Remember that the holidays are a chance to spend time with those close to you, so make an effort to really enjoy that time instead of stressing out about how clean the house is or whether everyone is having fun.
This season, if you’re in charge of an appetizer, you can feel good about bringing (and enjoying!) this simple, delicious choice.
Cranberry-Almond Cream Cheese
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- Triscuits or Trader Joe’s Woven Wheats
If desired, toast the slivered almonds to enhance the flavor. Allow them to cool completely. Then stir the cream cheese, cranberries, and almonds in a medium bowl. Form the mixture into a rectangle, square, or round shape and place on a plate. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve with crackers.
Special thanks to Tina for the opportunity to share on her amazing blog! I’d love for you to stop by sometime and say hello! <<<you totally should. she’s awesome!
Your Turn: Which of these tips do you regularly do? Which could you try to do MORE OFTEN this year? Also, link up if you have a healthy holiday appetizer to share!