By: Julie Benson
Hey girl, want to give yourself the gift of jeans that fit this holiday season?
Looking for a way to keep your waistline slim, but still enjoy all the delicious food of the holidays?
Well, I got you covered. Say goodbye to the days of over indulging, not feeling satisfied, and feeling sluggish.
Let me tell you something, it has been my mission for the last several years to make the holidays enjoyable for my family since most of this time is surrounded by food. And I’ve got to be honest, having a child with food sensitivities, this was not always easy.
So, let me guide you on how to make your holiday healthy, enjoyable, and delicious, all while not destroying your beautiful waistline.
Whether you are the holiday host or just a guest, making sure you are prepped and ready to go for that party is important.
Now, I know not everyone LOVES meal prep as much as I do ;). BUT let’s face it, it is essential. If you want your holiday party to be way less stressful and more enjoyable, you gotta do it.
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Here’s what I recommend for those anxious days awaiting the big party:
Two Days Before:
- Make sure you have your protein! Maybe it’s chicken, or turkey, or ham. Whatever it is, get that baby in the fridge thawing!
- Dessert: Get this out of the way! Make your pie crusts, coconut chia seed pudding, and whip up that awesome whipped cream.
One Day Before:
- Time to make that amazingly delicious pie filling and bake those pies so they are refrigerated and ready to eat the next day.
- Brine your protein! If you don’t brine your meat, make this sinfully awesome compound butter to rub all over that chicken or turkey.
- Everyone loves green bean casserole. Make this ahead of time so all you have to do is warm it up day of! YES!
- Cranberry sauce. This is super simple to prepare the day before.
- Grain free stuffing. Letting this sit overnight in the fridge will definitely get those flavors to blend and make your stuffing taste even better!
- Slice up some vegetables to roast the “day of” like carrots, parsnips, or turnips.
Day Of Prep:
Since you did so much prep before this day you will be utterly shocked to see easy this day is! Enjoy that well deserved glass of wine and fun conversation with family and friends.
- Roast that protein!
- Whip up some cauliflower faux-tatoes. Your guests will not even know the difference!
- Make a batch, or two, of coconut flour flatbread. Another recipe that even “bread lovers” will be amazed at how fantastic it is. Say goodbye to those “muffin-top rolls” with this recipe. 🙂
Bonus! Here’s my favorite holiday treat to take to parties:
Since my son has food sensitivities I generally don’t have a problem finding a protein and veggie he can eat at parties. But dessert? Man, that’s the hard one!
So, I always try to bring a special treat he can enjoy. Who wants to go to a party and not be able to enjoy dessert? Yeah, no-one wants to do that.
Want the recipe? Of course you do! And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good cookie? Click the link above and be ready to wow your friends or kids!
Family and Friends Pointers:
If you’re like me you know that you have that one (or five) family members that will question what you are eating. Whether they do this simply out of curiosity or a desire to criticize, it’s important to be prepared with answers. Here’s some pointers on how to respond to family and friends who question your clean eating lifestyle. Let’s do this!
- My favorite thing to tell people that usually gets them to think is this: “I eat all the same things you do, I just use different ingredients.” Say it with confidence. Typically they will stop talking, or they will be curious about what you use. If they are curious, tell them how scrumptious it is to still enjoy pizza and not feel guilty about it later. Get those wheels turning in their head. Who knows? You may have started them on their own healthy journey.
- Tell people this is a lifestyle choice. No, it’s not a diet. You are in it for the long haul. You are committed to your health and your family’s. In addition, you or another family member could be working on healing. The ultimate goal is to help everyone feel better!
- As you know, I have a child who has food sensitivities. If you have allergies in your family here’s something you can tell people: “We are all eating this way because we are team and we want to support so and so. I prefer to eat this way so he/she doesn’t feel different.”
- Lastly, tell people you want to be a role model for your kids so they can grow up to make healthy choices. Children are our future. No one is going to bug you on this one.
Whether or not the holidays creep up on you or not, it’s always a good idea to have a plan and be prepared.
If you still need more ideas check this blog out on how to turn up the volume on some of those recipes you’ve been needing to spruce up!
Need some holiday potluck recipes to bring to that party you’ve been invited to?
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for a download on my top three holiday potluck recipes.
Cheers to a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!