As many of us continue to recover from the Thanksgiving holiday, and we head right into December, it seemed fitting to check in with Cristina for some healthy lifestyle tips to get through the holidays. It’s all about moderation, but also education, when we talk about maintaining a balanced lifestyle – check out some of her tips for surviving indulgence at holiday parties:
The holidays are here! As we head into the December holidays, one concern you might have is: how are you going to celebrate and still maintain a balanced [MAD]lifestyle? Many of us hear that voice in our heads that says “It’s the holiday’s, I’ll get back on track after the New Year.” It’s so easy to go full steam ahead, and off the wagon, ending up far away from health and fitness goals. Keep in mind all the hard work you have already put in to your active lifestyle, and remember how easy it really is (when you take the time) to eat clean while still celebrating and eating well. It’s not an all or nothing lifestyle – its one of balance. Maintaining a plan or continuing a routine is much easier then starting over. You may not stick to your plan 100%, but keep it as close as possible, and you will still be able to align with your main goals. This holds true for both your fitness routine and your nutrition plan. Here are just two things for you to think about nutritionally over the next few weeks as we continue to celebrate the holidays, and navigate through parties full of food and drinks.
• Eat good protein and healthy carbohydrates. Whether you choose to eat before the party, or select from the foods being served, do so wisely. Fill up on lots of good protein (meat, fish, poultry) and healthy carbohydrates (veggies and fruit) first and foremost. When it comes time for the sweet stuff you are less likely to over indulge. Your insulin levels will be in control and you can avoid those nasty cravings.
• Don’t sweat the small stuff. By this I mean don’t worry about what kind of oil the meat or vegetables are cooked in, or if the cow was grass-fed. Make the best choice possible. The main goal is to eat satisfying foods like meat and vegetables so you don’t cave in to sugary insulin spiking foods that lead to binge eating.
You may not always know what food will be served at a party, or what your friends or family will be serving, so offer to bring something! Here’s a favorite recipe that I love, and use regularly for cocktail parties. It’s a great one for the holidays, so I encourage you to give it a try!
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
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1 pound crab meat
1 cup Almond Meal
1/3 cup celery
1/3 cup onion
1/3 cup red bell peppers
1 tbsp. parsley
1 beaten egg
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. red pepper
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. paprika
2 tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
Preheat oven to 375. In a pan sauté celery, onions and red pepper in olive oil and a few cloves of fresh minced garlic. Cook until onions are clear. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and set aside. Cut out stems of mushrooms and hollow out center of the mushroom. Before stuffing the mushrooms toss them in olive oil and garlic powder. Stuff the mushrooms with crab mixture and place in oven for 20mins or until lightly browned on top. Happy Holidays and Enjoy!