Tis the Season for Holiday Parties

 

By Jackie Lede

It’s  that time of year where your calendar gets flooded with parties! One thing I know that crosses my mind is the thought of all the indulging food that you regularly wouldn’t eat. It becomes more challenging to stay on track with your health goals at this time of the year. I have put together these three tips to help you stay on track this season while still enjoying yourself at your events.
1. Bring a dish you feel good eating. It is a nice gesture to bring something to contribute to the party, so why not bring a dish that you feel good eating. This way you know there will be a healthy option there. A great example is Raw Coconut Macaroons (recipe to follow).
2. During the day of your party eat a protein and vegetable based diet.The food we usually indulge in is refined and sugary carbohydrates. To help balance this out pick lean proteins such as turkey, chicken, eggs and beans.The protein will help stabilize your blood sugar. The vegetables will provide you with fiber which will help you digest your food. Make sure you eat a small meal an hour before your party so you don’t feel the need to over eat.
3. Allow yourself to have treats without the guilt that comes along with it. The more restrictive we are with ourselves, the more we will crave food and feel deprived. Pick a few things at the party that you really love and have some. Savor them. It if helps, set some limits on how many treats you will have that night.
Raw Coconut Macaroons


2.5 cups of dry coconut flakes (unsweetened)
1/2 tsp of vanilla
1/2 cups of medjool dates (enough to make stick when you pinch, so add more if needed. If your dates are hard you may have to soak them in warm water for a few minutes)
Pinch of salt.
Process in a food process.
Roll into balls and refrigerate until firm.
freeze extras to stay fresh.

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