9 Proven Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress

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It’s the 11th hour and you’re scrambling to finalize your gifts and preparations for the holidays. Ah the holidays – a time of family, food, gifts, parties and fun. And if you’re a human being, all of those things probably also have some pretty stressful aspects to them too. These can come in obvious forms as well as very subtle forms. Holiday gatherings and parties can be occasions where people who normally don’t spend a lot of time together or really understand eachother get together and spend hours and hours on end together. Then there’s the shopping and the crowds, the cold weather, the party-planning and the list-making, and a lack of time to get it all done to the level of perfection we desire, all while messing with our normal daily routine. Sound familiar?

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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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Healthy Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

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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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Entertaining for People With Food Restrictions

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It’s approaching that time of the year again, where friends and family gather to eat, drink, and tell embarrassing stories about eachother ? These days it seems like more and more people have dietary restrictions, whether they’re in the form of food allergies, intolerances or just strong preferences. As a host or hostess, if you’re inviting a big group over, chances are you’ll have at least one person with some sort of dietary restriction. So here are some tips to manage such a varied group stress-free!

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A Happy Thanks – Giving

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Just a quick post to say THANK YOU to all of our readers and sharers. We have loved sharing our knowledge, love and tastes with you and look forward to being a resource to help you expand your taste buds and lifestyle in a wholesome and delicious way.

We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with scrumptious and nourishing food, family and fun!

-Jennifer & Lea

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Baked Sweet Potatoes…Mediterranean Style! (GF, V)

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It’s that time of the year where holiday menu planning has begun! I don’t know about you but I’m torn this year between loving the once-a-year classics and wanting to try something new. So that’s why I’m so excited to share with you this recipe for Mediterranean-style sweet potatoes from Minimalist Baker. This recipe allows us to keep a favorite classic Thanksgiving side dish, but gives us a chance to do something a little different with them.

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8 Gluten and Dairy-Free Travel Snacks

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Are you getting ready to hit the road or the air for your annual Thanksgiving travel? I don’t know about you, but thinking about it makes me tired…and wired at the same time, between the traffic and the crowds and the luggage and the kids. It’s pretty much a given that chaos will be a constant companion during holiday travels. But that’s ok, as long as we prepare in advance. And if you or your family have dietary restrictions, preparing in advance is a MUST.

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Thanksgiving Lentil Walnut Loaf with Sweet Potato (GF, V)

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Here at The Tasteful Pantry, we love Thanksgiving. More specifically, we love Thanksgiving feasts. There is something about the combination of Autumn and the colors, smells and flavors of a Thanksgiving feast that make it so comforting and homey. But sometimes you need a change from the yearly turkey. And if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, then many of the typical Thanksgiving dishes are out of the question for you. But not to worry, there are many amazing plant-based Thanksgiving recipes out there that are delicious, satisfying, and perfect for sharing around the table.

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