ID-100101872Tips for Staying Healthy Through The Holiday Season

Plan Non-Food-Centered Activities: Take the focus off food. There are so many ways to spend time together besides cooking, baking, and eating. Instead of decorating cookies and gingerbread houses, make non-edible crafts like wreaths, paper snowflakes, or holiday cards.  Bundle up to take a walk around the neighborhood and rank the best decorated houses. And light a fire to gather around while you play charades or watch holiday movies.

Bring Snacks To The Mall: Welcome to the real jungle. There’s no denying how tempting it is  seeing peppermint mochas or smelling cinnamon rolls (from a mile away, no less). And with the  stress of the crowds and finding the right gifts for everyone, you can be in over your head fast.  You have to be smart enough to sidestep these hazards. The easiest way to make it out alive?  Pack filling healthy snacks like nuts, a piece of fruit, or a bag of air popped popcorn, and you  won’t need a search and rescue team to pull you out of the food court.

Make Your Own Hot Chocolate: Ditch the packaged powders and go for the real thing. Many  hot chocolate powders are convenient and boast very few calories, but they are chock full of artificial sweeteners and chemicals! Our recipe uses maca, a powder grown in the Andes Mountains of Peru and packed with nutrients, and cacao powder, a less-processed version of  cocoa powder that’s a great source of antioxidants. Spend a cozy afternoon in the kitchen with  your kids and cuddle up in with this super food hot chocolate recipe.

Boil water or warm milk on the stove and let cool slightly, then mix in the following ingredients:

● 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
● 2 teaspoons maca powder
● 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
● 1 teaspoon honey
● Pinch sea salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and pure vanilla
● 1 ½ cups milk of your choice or water

Be Mindful of Your Hunger Quotient: Your HQ is a measure of how hungry you are at a  given time – famished, satisfied, stuffed. Try to be in tune with your HQ and let hunger dictate  when you eat (versus having a serving of stuffing just because your sister brought it over). On a  scale of 1-10 (1 being stuffed, 10 being famished), you want to be between a 4 (slightly hungry)  and a 6 (slightly satisfied) all the time.

About the Author

Keri Glassman, nationally recognized nutrition expert and co-founder of MommyCoach, has put together a couple of tips for how to stay healthy, and how to help curb your appetite. If you’re unfamiliar, MommyCoach is a new online community for moms around the country to connect with leading experts and coaches for advice, encouragement, and answers to those hard-to-crack questions.

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