Holiday Tips & Recipes

Time to let go of the holiday guilt and create a new kind of health reset

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Okay, health minded mamas, it’s time to let go of any ounce of guilt you may be experiencing over what you ate during the holidays (or all those greens we didn’t eat!). You feel me?

I’m writing this on January 2nd, 2019 has officially begun. This is the day most people begin their new year’s resolutions, hit the gym, and the local juice bar, and plan their weight loss meal plans. These are all GREAT things. You and I both know that.

But you and I don’t have to let our faithful dedication to our health and wellness take away from the love and great times spent with family and friends during the holidays.

My Goal as Your Health Coach

As a health coach, my goal is to help break the idea in the health industry that the picture of health looks like a green smoothie touting body builder taking photos on the ocean-side (although that is amazing, and kudos if that’s you), but I want to help you celebrate the health journey, and that means embracing the moment right now, and where you’re at.

I want to help you be the healthiest you RIGHT NOW, today. And you can be, even BEFORE you reach your weight loss goals, or any goals at all. Let’s discuss how…

What Matters Most to our Health

Our primary sources of nourishment don’t just come from the food we eat, although that’s of course deeply important. Our primary sources of nourishment come through our ability to rest, the positive and supportive relationships we have, how much we enjoy our career, and if we are able to live out our passions. Our health depends on how we wake up and approach every new day, how we navigate challenges, and how we treat ourselves and talk to ourselves and care for ourselves day in and day out.

The food we eat is intrinsically important. Our body reproduces its cells from the energy and compounds in the very food we eat. We literally are what we eat, as our cells rebuild. But, we are also more than our physical body.

In the health industry we are daily discovering that the mind body connection is more complex than we’ve ever thought before. Your are, essentially, more than just what you eat.

We are what we eat, and we are what we think, and we are what we believe… and so on.

Creating a health reset today - a mental shift

So, my friends, give yourself permission to stop feeling guilty or stressed about how you should be eating. Is this important? YES. Absolutely. And let’s discuss that together and find the plan that works perfectly for you. But even more important to me, today, is that you and I treat ourselves with kindness, show up for the people we love, see challenges as opportunity, step out of toxic relationships, step into new hobbies that feed us, unplug, pray, run, dance, read, and sleep… all these beautiful things and more that support our health first and foremost.

If you’re feeling guilt from the holidays and are stressing about how to get healthy in 2019, stop and do these two things:

  • express deep gratitude for the loved ones you spent time with over the holidays, and express deep gratitude to yourself for showing up and loving the people close to you in your life

  • decide that today you will be kind to yourself, and love yourself where you are at right now, and that whatever steps you take toward better health and wellness today will be to beautifully support your body and soul because you’re worth it and you’re already enough.

Want to chat more about your health and wellness in 2019? Are you looking for a holistic approach that helps you make sense of all the important facets in your life that support your health and wellness like your family, your career, your sleep habits, your hobbies, your workouts, and your food? Let’s connect!

My Favorite Healthy Christmas Cookie Recipes I'm Making with my Kids

Healthy Christmas Cookie Recipes

What batches of healthy Christmas cookies does a health coach whip up for the family festivities?

These days you can search any type of Christmas cookie recipe based on whatever your lifestyle or dietary needs might be and get a lineup of scrumptious options.

I’m going to share with you my FAVORITE holiday cookie recipes that I’ve made in my home the last few years, and am making again this year too! (this week, as a matter of fact!)

My #1 Healthy Christmas Cookie Draft Pick:

These little gingerbread cutouts from minimalist baker. I have so much love for Minimalist Baker. So much love. And I make this recipe with my kids every year. They’re so gooey and perfectly nutty and sweet at the same time. Even if I only make one recipe each year, this will be the one I make. Non-negotiable.

My #2 Healthy Christmas Cookie Draft Pick:

These sugar cookies, also from Minimalist Baker, because her recipes are some of my favorites, are a great, easy sugar cookie recipe, but what really makes me love this recipe is her take on the frosting, and even the healthy alternative to food coloring.

Amazing Runner Ups we might make this year:

Raw Gingerbread Cookie Balls

Keto Sugar Cookies

3-Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Dipped Cookies

which recipe cite will you make this year?

Have you already made your cookies this year? Do you have any fun baking traditions?

Winterized Kale Salad Recipe

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It’s winter, but that doesn’t mean we put away salads for the season!

There are ways to “warm up” your typical thoughts around salads, and still enjoy them raw!

Kale is an absolute powerhouse. We all know this, right?

It helps our blood and organs detox, brightens our skin, and provides us with otherwise tough to get vitamins like vitamin a, c, e, and k and folate and phosphorous, and more. It’s essential, just like your other dark leafy greens.

But for the LONGEST time I didn’t know how to prepare kale so it wasn’t… well… bitter, rough and somewhat disgusting.

Now, I enjoy it steamed, in a smoothie finely chopped and mixed into dishes, juiced, and… massaged.

This salad below uses this last method to soften the kale and make it easy to chew and enjoy!

How to Make

First, de-vein your kale. You don’t want the woody stem of your kale to be in this salad.

Then finely chop.

And wash. You can wash first, but I often find it’s easier to wash it after it’s chopped up. I chop it finely so it’s easy to eat!

**I typically wash my produce in a bowl of cold water with a cup of white vinegar.

thoroughly rinse and pat dry.

Drizzle a little olive oil, about 2 Tablespoons if you’re using an entire bunch of kale, and in a very large bowl with plenty of room, start working the kale with your hands or - massaging it! Do this for a few minutes. You’ll find the kale will begin to release it’s juices and soften quite a bit! Once you’re happy with the soft texture of the kale, I typically massage it for about 5 minutes, then add the rest of your favorite salad toppings.

My favorite toppings are:

  • red onion (sweet and tangy!)

  • something earthy and crunchy like slivered almonds or sunflower seeds

  • a little red wine vinegar for extra tang and flavor

  • salt and pepper because it makes everything better (I use a dash of pink Himalayan salt)

  • and something creamy, a healthy fat like fresh, diced or sliced avocado!

Voila!

This doesn’t have to only be a winter salad. Trust me, you can have it any time, but I find it’s an AMAZINGLY complimentary side to just about any warm winter dish I might serve up. It’s also perfect as a stand-alone lunch if you wanted to add a protein on the side!

This would be a great side dish to serve up during the holidays or for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!

Have you tried massaging kale before? Is this a technique you’ve heard of? I didn’t know about this technique after even YEARS of healthy eating, so don’t worry if you’ve never heard of it, you’re not alone!