23 Nov 2011
by Ali, the Healthy Hostess
The holidays are such a great time of year. They are filled with friends, family, food, drinks and fun! With so much going on, it’s hard to stay on track and feel great all the time. Here are a few tips to keep in mind during the holidays!
1. Get organized and be prepared.
If there is any way you can spend a little time organizing your self and your stuff for the holidays, it will be well worth it. That means setting out dishes on your table with post-it notes to label what foods will be placed where on Thanksgiving day, or laying out your clothes to pack in your suitcase. Setting things out and getting organized will help you to remember little details as well as big details and keep you from getting stressed when company arrives or you’re off to the airport.
Whether this means taking a walk around the block or doing an extra long cycle class – keep moving. Exercise will make your body feel good and will clear your mind. Your attitude will be better about everything if you feel good yourself. Use this time of year to make plans with a friend to hike in a new park, try a new class or simply grab a holiday magazine and zone out reading it on the elliptical for a while. Give yourself 30-60 minutes a day and it will pay off!
3. Start a tradition. This can be as simple as writing something you are thankful for down on a piece of paper and reading it at the dinner table, spending the morning playing a big game of football with friends and family or donating your time to serve at a local homeless shelter. Whatever you choose, pick something you can do each year and make it special to your family. Traditions are so much fun and they need to start somewhere – plan a new one this year.
4. Slow down and keep connected. Take a second to sit down and relax and think about everything you have to be thankful for. During the hustle and bustle of the meal, it’s easy to get more focused on the potatoes than the people. Sit down with a niece or nephew you haven’t seen in a while or your great uncle you don’t often talk to and enjoy them!
5. Take lots of pictures. It may be a pain at the time, but it is well worth it. When the holiday is over, it’s so much fun to go back through your pictures and relive the events and the fun you had. You can use the pictures to make gifts, frame them for next year or just save them for the future! You can never take too many pictures.
An easy healthy recipe that will be perfect for a post-holiday meal:
Lentils with Kale + Sweet Potatoes
- 2/3 c. diced onions
- 1 clove of minced garlic
- 1 tsp. EVOO
- 5 sweet potatoes, diced
- 1 bunch of kale, ripped into small pieces without the stem
- 1 bag of brown lentils, rinsed
- 2 tsp. salt-free seasoning
- Dice the sweet potatoes and spread them onto an EVOO sprayed cookie sheet. Sprinkle with your salt-free seasoning.
- Roast them at 425 for 25-30 minutes until slightly brown and soft.
- While they are roasting, place diced onions + EVOO and garlic in a pan and simmer for 5-7 minutes until soft and almost translucent.
- In another pan, cook lentils as directed.
- Add the torn pieces of kale to the onions and cook together until kale wilts.
- When the sweet potatoes are done, add them to the onions and kale and mix in lentils.
- Cook together for a few minutes then sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
Ali Hively is the Healthy Hostess. A certified nutrition and wellness consultant, she shares recipes, meal ideas and tips for healthy cooking and living at www.thehealthyhostess.com. You can also find her on twitter as @AHealthyHostess.