WHAT TO ENJOY AND WHAT TO SKIP
Knowing how to eat healthy this holiday season can be tricky. Having the awareness of what to look for, and what to look out for, can help you create the perfect meal… without adding on the extra pounds.
Today I’ll walk you through some of the traditional dishes, and how you can update or modify them to make them a healthier option for you.
HOW TO EAT HEALTHY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
While turkey isn’t the best option out there for you, it’s not the worst, either. Many people do fine eating turkey. If, however, you find yourself struggling with a lot of health issues, it may be a good idea to cut back.
Opt for a smaller portion of turkey this year. Alternatively, you can look for meat-free options like Butternut Squash Gnocchi, or a Portobello Steak. The portobello gives you a nice meaty flavor, and the gnocchi helps fill you up and is loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Mashed Potatoes are great! Mashed potatoes with added butter, milk, sugar, or gravy, however, are beginning to go in the wrong direction.
Opt for organic potatoes wherever possible. You can also substitute potatoes with mashed cauliflower. If you like the creamy taste, try adding coconut milk into the mix. For the gravy, make a mushroom gravy or broth.
Whether you’ve traditionally made your own gravy, or opted for the easier way of buying your gravy ready-made, it can be worth digging a little deeper.
Checking the ingredients of everything you are eating or putting into your body is recommended. Some of the store bought gravies can have 30 or more ingredients.
Making your gravy from mushrooms creates a flavorful and savory option for you. Be sure to use the herbs and spices that you love the most. When selecting salts, Pink Himalayan Salt is best. The next best option is Sea Salt.
Avoid traditional table salts as most of them contain aluminum or other harmful chemicals. For a thickening agent, arrowroot powder is a great option.
Most stuffings are loaded with bread, red meat, and dairy. If you don’t have health concerns, and your energy is through the roof, you may be fine eating your traditional stuffing. If, however, you are looking for a healthier option, or struggling with one or more health issues, it may be time to look elsewhere.
You can find a great nut-based stuffing. Almonds can be a great substitute, or almond powder-based stuffings. You can also opt for an entirely veggie-based stuffing!
Cranberry Sauce can be tricky. While cranberries themselves are packed with antioxidants, and Vitamins A, C, and Beta-Carotene, the cane sugar or corn starch that frequently accompanies them in Cranberry Sauce is not.
Look for natural sweeteners like honey, orange, and limes. You can experiment with recipes or find one that suits you in a cookbook or online.
No matter what your food choices are this holiday season, what’s most important is that you are having fun. This is time especially for you, to connect deeper with yourself and with your loved ones. Enjoy it as much as you can.
Remember to keep shining, know that there is hope, know that you can get better, and know that you are loved.
Until next time,
Katy, The Detox Gal