It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas music, sparkling lights, exchanging gifts, reflections on Jesus and His birth. It’s a beautiful time. However, if you’re trying to eat healthy or manage a chronic illness, it can be difficult to navigate the holiday season that so strongly revolves around food – particularly, sweets. So, how do you find balance this holiday season?
Luckily, I have some tips for us from my friend and dietitian, Betsy Britt of GroWell Nutrition! She has three recommendations for us:
- Start the day with fitness: consider getting the family outside for a touch football game or even a 5k walk or run.
- Eat a good breakfast: don’t skip breakfast to ‘save room’ for the afternoon feast. This may lead to binge eating less healthy foods later in the day.
- Skip the seconds: enjoy your first plate of food and wait 20 minutes before deciding whether you are still hungry for more.
Personally, I’m choosing to be intentional about what to eat – and where to splurge – for the holidays. I’m swapping out the typical green bean casserole for this delicious, and much healthier, roasted honey garlic green bean dish. I’m also looking forward to sharing my favorite kale salad with everyone!
I plan to splurge on my mom’s sweet potato casserole (the kind with the roasted mini marshmallows on top – yum!). I’m allergic to apples, but every year I have a slice of my mother-in-law’s award winning apple pie.
If you’re looking for anti-inflammatory-approved side dishes to ‘upgrade’ your typical holiday fare, here are some excellent options:
I’ll be making this fresh salad with kale, pears, cranberries, fresh beets, quinoa, goat cheese, walnuts:
A friend sent this to me – this dish looks so beautiful! Had to share it here:
I’ve made this recipe a few times – Tyler and the kids LOVE it so I plan to make it for Thanksgiving as well. Instead of sautéing the green beans, I throw all of the ingredients together on a pan and roast the green beans at 425* for about 15 minutes. I like to throw some sliced almonds on there, too!
Anti-Inflammatory Diet Holiday Desserts:
I am absolutely planning on making these pumpkin pie truffles from fellow faith blogger Jenny at Wholesome Family Living: AIP/Vegan/Paleo Pumpkin Pie Truffles
I hope this is helpful to you as you are crafting your Holiday menus this year! Don’t forget to check out some of my favorite anti-inflammatory meals that the whole family can enjoy.