STAYING ON TRACK DURING THE HOLIDAYS
We are in the mist of the holiday season, and it is easy to lose sight of our goals during the this time. With the colder weather, busier schedules, tempting food, and more time off, it is easy to lose motivation. Our mindset tells us to put it off until January 1st. So we go to the gym less, we reach for that extra cookie, eating bad on the weekend trickles into the week, and then we wake up January 1st feeling not our best. It happens to the best of us. But what if we can shift our mindset this year? What if we can still enjoy all the celebrations, all of our favorite treats, and still stay on track? Lets change the way we look at what the holiday season does to our health!
Here are some things we can do to shift our mindset during this holiday season, so we don’t put our health on the backburner, but we can still enjoy all the holiday parties, Christmas cookies, and family time;
- Maintain – Don’t put pressure on yourself during this time to reach your goal weight, or make huge PR’s. We are all average people, not professional athletes. We can relax a little bit and focus on just maintaining our gains that we made through the year.
- Give yourself credit for staying on track – but…
- Give yourself a break if you get off track – Don’t punish yourself for a little over indulging. Just dust the cookie crumbs off your sweater, and find the nearest veggie the next time you eat!
- Be realistic – Know you might miss a workout or 5, you might not perform the best, and that is ok.
- Hydrate – Be mindful of getting enough water throughout the day, especially when you are having one too many celebratory drinks
And the most important thing you can focus on to stay on track during Christmas time is:
- Focus on nutrient dense foods
Start each day with a nutrient dense breakfast. Eat whole foods whenever you can. Eat double the vegetables when they are available. Change your approach to the meals you have control of. Fill your plates with whole foods and foods rich in protein to help balance your blood sugar and keep you feeling full longer. If you don’t eat a lot of fruits and veggies, try just adding one serving to the meals you prepare. Go for the vegetable trays first at parties. And focus on variety. The more variety, the more vitamins and minerals you will get.
So today I am going to give you a recipe that is still considered a treat, but is made from whole ingredients to boost your nutrient intake. So you can still get a sweet treat while focusing on staying healthy, and getting variety in your diet. Also, they travel well and are perfect to bring to parties.
NO BAKE TAHINI BARS
- 210g raw cashews – or your preferred choice of nut
- 250g soft medjool dates – pitted
- 120g tahini paste
- 80g chocolate chips
- Add cashews to food processor and pulse until mostly broken down.
- add the dates and tahini paste. Pulse until mixture comes together and forms a thick dough
- Line a 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper. Press the dough into the pan until it is even and smooth.
- Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Even spread the chocolate over the bars.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. Cut into 16 squares
Macros C - 19.3 P - 4.2 F - 11.4