I love the holiday season – time spent with family and friends; a break from my regular routine; the anticipation of just relaxing at home with my husband and my grown-up children! But the holidays can also be a challenging time, with holiday “treats” everywhere we turn. This “holiday treating” can lead to packing on the pounds throughout the season.
Do you have a GOAL for surviving the holidays? Consider which answer best describes you:
a. I would like to MAINTAIN my current weight this holiday season.
b.. I would like to LOSE some weight this holiday season.
c. I don’t have a goal this holiday season. With no health or weight concerns, I plan to eat what I want and enjoy it.
If you said “a” or “b,” but are concerned about the seasonal temptations ahead, consider giving yourself the gift of coaching support. Visit my website (www.beefitwithtracy.com) and learn more about my individualized program. I’ve also included two of my favorite recipes for healthy holiday treats that can help you crowd out the not-so-healthy temptations. Also in this month's blog posts, I debunk the myths around chocolate, and share with you the latest chocolate facts and tips to help you avoid the chocolate Santas, the candy canes, and other holiday treats.
And since it's the season of giving, next week, I will include a few of my favorite kitchen gift ideas for the cooks on your list!
As the year comes to a close, I want to thank you for allowing me to be part of your journey to better health. I wish you a season of joy, peace, prosperity, and well-being.
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Don't forget to try this sweet holiday recipe!
You will need a mini muffin tin and mini muffin papers.
* 1 ½ cups walnuts
* 1 cup pitted dates
* 1 tsp vanilla
* 1/3 cup cacao powder
* ½ cup fresh mint
Mix all ingredients in food processor, pulse and then blend well. The mixture should have the consistency of peanut butter. Use a melon baller to scoop out mixture and form into one-inch balls; place in mini muffin paper cups. (I place the paper cups in a mini muffin tray so they don’t slide around.) Leave as a round ball or simply press mixture into muffin cup (not as pretty but less fuss).
Remove muffin cups from tray and place in a re-sealable storage container using wax paper in between layers; store in freezer for at least one hour. Remove and serve cold or at room temperature.
These are great for a pre-workout energy bite, to bring to a holiday party and to crowd-out holiday candy!
*Note: if you are reducing caffeine for a better night’s sleep, remember that cacao has caffeine. If you do eat a piece of the fudge, do so earlier in the day!