How To Skip The Gym And Stay In Your Skinny Jeans Through The Holidays

Is this the time of year for you that you’re just trying to keep your life afloat? With everything that’s going on with the impending holidays and trying to make sure everything gets taken care of, one of the most important things in our lives is getting shoved off to the side.

What’s that, you ask?

The time I take to work out – to get my blood pumping and my body feeling lively. This time of year, I’m full of excuses.

“It’s raining out.”

“I just don’t have the time.”

“I’ll start up after the holidays are over. It’s on my list of resolutions, okay?”

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Making sure we get some physical activity into the day is crucial to our health – but this time of year, it’s even more valuable.

Getting moving is one of the best ways to combat stress (hello, holidays!) and control blood sugar so you won’t be reaching for that Christmas cookie platter over and over again. Another perk is that regular physical activity will reduce infections, which means you are more likely to skip over the colds and flus that you come into contact with during all your holiday shopping sprees. [Read more…]

3 Menu Planning Tips For the Holiday Season

The holiday season can get chaotic. Between gift buying, holiday activities, and keeping the house running as usual, the life of a mom in the months of November and December can feel crazy.

Eating healthy is almost always on the top of my list, but it isn’t the easiest when I’m feeling spread so thin with so many things to do and such a little amount of time to get it done.

I’m always a fan of menu planning, but particularly so during the holiday season. These are my top 3 tips for menu planning during the busiest time of year:

1. Stick to your standards

The holiday season is not the time of year to reinvent the wheel with menu planning. With a busy schedule and lots to get done, being innovative is the last thing I think about. I want to get a good healthy meal to the table with as little amount of time spent in the kitchen.

That’s where my standby recipes come in. Choose meals and recipes that you know like the back of your hand and can easily get to the table quickly. The tip here is to turn any of your standard meals that you enjoy regularly into a little healthier versions if possible.

One of my go-to recipes is pasta with meat sauce. I make it healthier by using brown rice noodles instead of semolina ones, and adding pumpkin puree or chopped bell peppers, onions, and zucchini to my meat marinara sauce. [Read more…]

Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer Recipe

Buying coffee drinks can get expensive. Between my husband and I, we can easily spend close to $10 on two drinks if we visit a Starbucks. But we both love the flavor of peppermint mochas in the winter. So what’s a girl to do?

I could easily head to the grocery store and buy a pre-made creamer from the dairy section, but unfortunately they are so jam-packed with chemicals and sugar that I won’t touch them with a ten-foot pole.

What did I decide to do instead? I got a little creative in the kitchen and whipped up a much healthier alternative to the Starbucks peppermint mocha flavored drink. Plus – it’s going to save me some extra cash to spend on some even-better Christmas presents.

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Here’s how it came together:

Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of sweetened vanilla coconut milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa or cacao powder
  • 1/4 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup

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