Guest Post: Healthy Holiday Tips
Up next on my list of guest bloggers is Liz from LizAshlee.com. This lovely lady always has such delicious dessert recipes on her blog, and today she’s got one to share with you, along with some tips for having a healthy, happy holiday. Here she is!
Hey Eat Spin Run Repeat readers! My name is Liz and I blog at lizashlee.com. It is a pleasure to be guest posting for Angela today while she is enjoying a little taste of Italy around the holidays!:)
Speaking of enjoying little tastes…the holiday season is typically a time when we splurge, taking tastes of many not-so-healthy treats. In order to help resist the temptation and not over do it, we often hear healthy holiday tips. Here are some of the top ones:
1. Drink plenty of water throughout the day
2. Fit in exercise, even if it’s a quick 20 minute routine
3. Be mindful of what you are eating and make sure it is something you actually enjoy
4. Don’t go to a holiday party or celebration on an empty stomach
5. Be cautious of sweet, calorie dense alcohol drinks
If you are looking for a great 20-minute routine, check out Amanda Russell’s Hot Body Holiday Workout. You don’t need any equipment and the workout can be done in the comfort of your own home or at the gym! It is an awesome total body sculpting workout that gets your heart pumping and lungs working!!!
Next, do not be overcome by all the sugary sweets. I am definitely in favor of keeping everything in balance, so if there is something you want to try, just be mindful of your portion size and be mindful of what you are actually eating. Instead of socializing and eating, take a moment to savor all the texture & taste of the dessert!
In addition, I like to have healthy snacks & treats made in advance that I can easily reach for when a craving hits and I am too busy to stop and make something. To ensure that you have a healthy treat to reach for and you don’t go to a party on an empty stomach, I have a recipe for Chocolate Chip Oat Muffins that can be served as a little treat, snack, or breakfast item.
Chocolate Chip Oat Muffins (adapted from Oh She Glows)
- 2 c. oats (processed into flour)
- 1/2 c. oats (not processed)
- 1/2 c. coconut sugar
- 2 T. brown sugar or cane sugar
- stevia (I used 5 scoops Kal stevia, or sub 1 1/2 t. NuNaturals)
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1 t. baking powder
- 1/2 t. sea salt
- 2 T. sunflower butter (or sub fav nut butter)
- 2 ripe bananas (med. size-I thawed two frozen bananas)
- 1/3 c. applesauce
- 1/4 c. almond milk
- 1/4. t. maple extract
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- Fold in: 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, walnuts (optional-I omitted as I didn’t have any on hand)
Preheat oven to 350F
Take 2 cups of regular oats and process them in a food processor until flour like in consistency. In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients (processed oats, regular oats, sugar, stevia, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt).
In another bowl, mix together the nut butter, applesauce, almond milk, and vanilla. Add in the two peeled bananas and smash into the wet ingredients until smooth.
Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir until combined. Fold in chocolate chips & nuts (optional)
Scoop into muffin liners & bake for approx. 15-20 mins. (I baked mine for 20)
Makes 12 muffins
I love this recipe because it is so healthy & versatile. Like I mentioned above, these muffins are perfect for a quick breakfast, tasty treat or snack! If you are looking to make the recipe even more healthy, I would try cutting back on the coconut sugar, which is what I plan to do next time I make them.
I hope you enjoy a warm & well holiday season!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share part of your day during this very busy time of year! Also, a big thanks for Angela for having me on Eat Spin Run Repeat!
What’s your favorite healthy holiday tip?