My sweet husband is from Italy, so we celebrate an Italian Thanksgiving. I spent the whole day making lasagna from scratch and paired it with our family favorites, Strawberry Spinach Salad, Italian bread, olives and cheese. Our sons brought Prime Rib and homemade pecan pie and they did such a great job! The day was perfect.
Although the food was wonderful, the best time was spent together laughing and enjoying the day. I feel so blessed!
This morning I woke up so motivated to jump back into my normal healthy lifestyle.
With the holiday season officially underway, we tend to adopt one of two mindsets – don’t we?
1. I’ll put off my health until January 1.
2. I’m stressed out trying to keep up with our health goals.
And neither makes us happy or healthy – do they?
We need to balance the reality of our food and exercise choices with the enjoyment of the season.
Did you know this time of year typically adds 7 pounds? This shows us our food choices and workouts matter – a lot!
Healthy, Happy, and Fit holiday tips:
- Find a way, not an excuse. As a mom, I know if I don’t get up early, I won’t get my workout in, so try setting your alarm 30 minutes earlier and popping in a DVD or using your home equipment. Go for a walk at lunch, get to the gym before or after work, and even try breaking your workout into two shorter sessions.*Tip – Put your iPod next to your bed, and wake up to your favorite music, this really helps wake you up!
- Healthy holiday pact. Time is scarce, so combine your workouts with friends, and sign up for a class twice a week with your bestie. Yoga, Barre, and Bootcamps done with a close friend can keep your health goals on track and keep you sane during this crazy time of year. We need each other and this is a great way to get girl time and exercise in…double blessing!
- Recipe exchange. Research healthy recipes for your holiday favorites. Every holiday food can be made in a healthier way. (My husband has no idea he’s eating brown rice pasta – and he’s Italian!:)
- Plan indulgences. With parties every weekend, cookies and fudge at work and the cold weather, we need to work to balance enjoyment with health. Try planning what and when you’ll enjoy your holiday favorites and keep yourself on track the rest of the time. Keep healthy snacks with you and think about how much better you feel when you take care of yourself.
- Maintain – don’t set yourself back. Don’t’ wait until Jan 1 to start getting healthy. It’s tempting to go with the all or nothing mindset, and put off getting healthy until the January 1, but don’t do it! Choose to be healthy in mind and body all year around. The best holiday health strategy is weight maintenance rather than weight loss.
- FIT Soul Fix. Everyday commit to five minutes of time in prayer or reading the word. The time of year can be very stressful and emotional, so we need to strengthen ourselves inside as well as the outside.
- FIT Challenge. Make one small decision every day that you wouldn’t usually make that leads you to your health goals. Choose hot tea over a Frappuccino, choose to bake with healthy alternatives like almond flour over white flour and applesauce over butter, choose to engage in some form of exercise almost every day, and believe that with every good decision you make your one step closer to living your healthiest life.
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What to do with your leftover Turkey?
Turkey and Napa Cabbage Salad With Lime-Ginger Vinaigrette
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
For the salad:
- 1/2 head napa cabbage, thinly sliced
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 1 medium carrot, grated (about 3/4 cup)
- 2 cups cubed cooked turkey (or chicken)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 ounce low-fat baked tortilla chips, lightly crushed
- 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
For the dressing:
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
- Juice of 1/2 lime (about 1 tablespoon)
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce (such as Sriracha)
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
In a large serving bowl, layer the cabbage, scallions, carrot, turkey, cilantro, tortilla chips and peanuts. Set aside.
To make the dressing, in a small bowl whisk together the mustard, soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice and hot sauce until smooth. Add a tablespoon or 2 of water if too thick. Slowly whisk in the oil until well-blended and the dressing is uniform. Add the ginger and whisk until incorporated. When ready to serve, drizzle the dressing over the salad, then toss well.
Nutrition information per serving: 290 calories; 160 calories from fat (55 percent of total calories); 18 g fat (2.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 30 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 15 g protein; 970 mg sodium.
If you have any go-to healthy holiday tips or strategies, please share!
Get Healthy, Happy & FIT God’s Way,