Holiday Healthy Eating

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FOOD. FOOD. FOOD.

Basically my thought process during the holidays . . . Is that bad?

Well, yes, it is sort of bad when I’m trying to be healthy, which I’m sure a lot of you are trying to do. I find it SO difficult to eat healthy during the holidays with all of the treats my grandmother is basically shoving down my throat, in a good way of course.

So we have all of these grand ideas of healthy holiday recipes with low fat ingredients, and gluten free this and that, but cooking that way seems to never tastes the way it should. I’m sure you can still enjoy holiday treats in a healthy way, but is it the same? I don’t know. That’s up to you.

I mean sure, healthy recipes can do wonders during the holidays, but the biggest problem I see is the family getting together, which means cooking in bulk. When you cook in bulk, you need to be able to satisfy everyone. Adding a healthy recipe to the mix can cause some issues!

And come on, don’t you want to indulge during the holidays? It’s a time to be jolly and merry . . . And who isn’t when they’re eating their favorite holiday treats?

I guess it seems like I am trying to persuade you to eat unhealthy foods during the holidays (which I am), but for your sake let’s talk about some of the awesome things that come out of eating healthy.

Well, when you eat healthy you don’t have to worry about the effects the unhealthy foods will have on your mind and body, which can definitely be a huge plus. Maybe you won’t need to take that trip to the gym you were planning on New Year’s Eve?

Healthy foods also tend to not be as heavy in your stomach, so maybe you can eat more healthy treats? I hope that’s a real thing . . .

Maybe, just maybe we can find a happy balance between all of the holiday treats we’ll be having in just a couple weeks. You can still take that trip to the gym, but you won’t have to stress over it.

Remember, the holidays really are a time to slow down, be with the ones you love, and enjoy everything about life. Don’t forget that. And PLEASE try not to worry about what you’re eating.

Now that I think about it, is it really that important?

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Nothing Tastes As Good As Skinny Feels

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“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” Really? Well that is a lie.

So yesterday, I’m sitting in my apartment re-watching One Tree Hill on Netflix, “doing homework,” and eating my second chocolate chip cookie when I suddenly wanted a smoothie…

All right, so I’m making this smoothie. I have my low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt and milk, but what kind of smoothie do I want? I immediately grab more cookies and chocolate syrup. Do I really want this? Yes, yes I do want to have a chocolate chip cookie smoothie, duh.

I’m not going to lie to you, I really wanted that chocolate chip cookie smoothie, but I kept thinking of how horrible I’d feel after eating all of those cookies AND spending my whole day on the couch. When situations like these happen, I always think of that quotation, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” which is not true. Nothing tastes as good as HEALTHY feels.¬†Even healthy can taste good, too!

I remembered that I have a bag of frozen strawberries, pineapples, peaches, mangos, and oranges and some orange mango juice. So I put those along with my low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt and some milk into my blender and ended up with this!

Smoothie