Your Plan for A Healthy Holiday Season!

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Holidays are a great time to spend time with family and friends and share some amazing meals.  So many of our holiday traditions and family memories center around the food!  On average, a person will gain approximately 2 pounds during the holiday season, and many don’t shed it once the season is over.  But these celebrations don’t need to mean that we shove aside our healthy nutrition goals and indulge in all rich foods, overeating and all the consequences.  Remember, during the holidays the only two things that need to be stuffed are birds and stockings!

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Holiday Quinoa Bake

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Does your family get into the rut of making the same exact dishes every year for the holidays? This year I decided to think up a new recipe that could shake things up, and that could satisfy my food intolerances. To get the brainstorm going, I thought of the typical holiday comfort foods that I would be missing out on due to my gluten and dairy-free diet and discovered that the common thread in the foods I’d be missing is that they were all comfort foods baked in the oven. Then I thought about my ideal grain to base my bake around, and of course, quinoa came to mind! After some experimentation, and taking into consideration my love for mixing savory, spicy and sweet flavors, I came up with this festive and healthy Holiday Quinoa Bake!

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Holiday Parties with Food Intolerances

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As the holiday season approaches, many of our social calendars are being filled with holiday parties and family get-togethers. Good food, drinks and company always make for a festive atmosphere, but what happens if we have food allergies or intolerances? So many of the typical party foods are laden with gluten, dairy, you name it…which has the potential to stop us from enjoying the same refreshments that are on offer, especially if you are at a work function and don’t want to come off as the picky eater or play 20 questions with the party organizer about ingredients. And what if the party is after work and before dinner, and you’re HUNGRY? Here are a few tips that require a bit of proactive-ness and pre-planning on your part, but really could pay off at the end of the day and help you enjoy the festivities.

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The Perfect Roasted Potatoes

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It’s the season to do some roasting and I’ve been directing people to our Herb Crusted Leg of Lamb recipe in order to see the recipe for perfect roasted potatoes within it for too long. So here it is, plain and simple, very deserving of a post of its own. The way to make roasted potatoes that are super crispy on the outside yet still warm and soft on the inside. The trick is to parboil then “chuff” the potatoes (see translation below).

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Should You Try Intermittent Fasting?

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It’s the sweet spot between Thanksgiving and Christmas where we’re in full holiday swing, with sugary sweets and drinks abounding, even while we’re probably still recovering from our Thanksgiving feast, am I right? If this sounds familiar to you, the idea of intermittent fasting may have crossed your mind once or twice. After all, why not give your digestive system a break and reduce your caloric intake in between two gigantic food holidays?

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Healthy Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Healthy Thanksgiving Leftovers

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re so on the ball that we’re already planning your Thanksgiving leftovers for you – and yes, in a healthy way! Even if your Thanksgiving table was filled with fatty sugary carb-y options (basically unhealthy), I’m guessing you also had some nice veggies on the table too, right? Green bean casserole anyone? So use those green veggies, and add a few of your own at home after the big day and treat yourself to some leftovers that will be good for your taste buds and your waistline! Here are our favorites:

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How to Avoid Hidden Sugars During the Holidays

This is not a post about healthy holiday recipes. It is not a post about how to stick to portion control at the holiday buffet (although we do have one about that too). The holidays are a time where people cook up a storm and put time, love, and care into creating delicious and yes, indulging, meals and desserts. And we believe that we all have a right to enjoy these holiday goodies and to indulge in what the season has to offer!

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