Welcome to the sixth edition of Happy Healthy Holidays, Strategies to help you Eat. Drink & be Skinny this holiday season! We have only three editions left and hopefully you have found the series to be your helpful little healthy holiday elf this season, giving you the Simple Swaps, Creative Solutions and Sneaky Tricks to help you enjoy yourself, but not hate yourself at the same time!
EAT: Creative Solution, Healthy Holiday Mains
Whether you have your favorite holiday culinary creations you’ve made for years, or this is your first stab at hosting such an event — here are some great recipes for you to consider! While I have many in the Color Yourself Skinny 21-Day Diet Detox System, I thought it might be more fun to share some link love and give credit where it is due! Here are my top 5 picks for healthy holiday mains this year!
- Poultry: Eating Well – Roast Chicken with Pomegranate Glaze
- Beef: My Orgnic Recipes – Beef Brisket
- Pork: Kath Eats Real Food – Slow Cooker Port with Apples
- Seafood: Food.Com, Rita’s Salmon Poached in Salmon Poached in Champagne With Capers & Tarragon
- Vegetarian: Cadry’s Kitchen: Lemony Baked Tofu with Rosemary
DRINK: Sneaky Trick, Raw Juice Cocktail
If you enjoy mixology, garnishing and serving up robustly flavored drinks for your friends, but aren’t really looking to get tipsy here is your solution! Alcohol free raw juice cocktails are not only fun and booze free, they are lower in calories and fully loaded with antioxidants and potent phytochemicals helping to detox your body over retox. Something we could all use a little more of this holiday season. So next time you’re in the mood for a cocktail, but not the booze — try this! This is also a great way to “spice up” your juice routine and supercharge your beverage with vitamins and minerals!
- 1/4 fresh beet
- 1/2 cucumber
- 2 large carrots
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- 12 oz diet ginger ale or club soda
- 2 cucumber wheels for garnish
Directions: add fruits and veggies to the juicer. Add spices to raw juice. This will yield 2, you can also double up or quadruple the recipe and fill up a pitcher. Fill a pint glass with ice, fill half way with raw juice, top off with soda water or ginger ale, garnish with a cucumber and you’re set! Hot tip: Separation is expected and natural, but not aesthetic. Shake well and drink fast.
BE SKINNY: Simple Swap, Trade your Cat naps for Crunches
If you find yourself with downtime at the end of the day and you’re maybe tuning out in front of the tube, or your needing a nap in the early evening, swap out just 5 minutes of that time for some good core exercise. Use your commercial breaks for fitness over zees. You will be amazed at the energy rush just a little activity gives you and it can power you thorough a rough day, and then help you sleep better at night. Thus, you’re more rested in the morning and the positive, healthy, happy cycle continues!
Try this little quick routine, it’s officially the 30-Day Abs Challenge, but fit it in whenever your energy is feeling low:
- 20 Ab Crunches
- 20 Bicycle Crunches
- 20 Scissor Kicks
- 20 Leg Raise
- 20 Hip Lifts
- Hold a Plank for as long as you can
The holiday weight loss challenge is officially over! And it was so much fun! We had nearly 250 people lose nearly 1100 pounds! If you missed out on the fun, or if you’re just getting your weight loss engine going, we will have a New Year game as well. It will start promptly on January 1, so mark your calendar and register now! The stakes are higher, meaning we’ll have a larger pot and even more incentive to kick of the new year strong! We’ll get right back at it, pick up where we left off with a whole new year of enthusiasm!
There you have it, as promised! Simple Swaps, Creative Solutions and Sneaky Tricks to help you Eat. Drink & be Skinny this Holiday season. If you found this helpful, share it with your friends using the share buttons below and stay tuned, every Wednesday for the rest of the year, you’ll get a new edition!
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