Healthy holidays can be fun, too!

Can you believe it is already December?  It’s a great time to reflect on your fitness journey and your progress.  If you have been maintaining a fitness journal, I encourage you to flip through some of your earlier entries to remember your physical and emotional challenges.  Look at where you are today. Those strides you’ve made are highly commendable!

The season of festive foods is still upon us and that means temptation abounds.  Don’t derail all the progress you’ve made for a few days of regrettable indulgence.  Unbelievably, you can have a holiday that is healthy and fun, too!  Incorporating healthy alternatives can ensure you satisfy your palate while maintaining your fitness gains.  Don’t ditch those smaller size jeans for stretchy joggers this holiday; try one of these alternative recipes instead.

Ditch the traditional Eggnog.  If you are like most and simply have to have Eggnog this time of year, keep in mind a single glass is roughly 500 calories!  Make your own dairy- and alcohol-free eggnog this year!  We found a wonderful Honey Almond Eggnog recipe (get it here) that requires 5 minutes of prep time and serves approximately 6-8 people.

Spice up your veggie life. If you are someone who becomes bored quickly with the traditional veggie prep during the holidays, give your veggies a hearty kick of citrus and spice.  Cooking Light has a wonderful Sheet Pan Roasted Vegetable recipe you will love!

Exchanging some of your traditional dishes with some of these alternatives can help keep your waistline in check.  Ultimately, accountability is what keeps us on track.  Pace yourself.  Give yourself 10-15 minutes after your first meal to listen to your body.  If full, there’s no need for seconds.

During this season of giving, be sure to give yourself one of the greatest gifts of all, health, and fitness.

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