I’ve been thinking a lot lately about balance. Don’t get me wrong– the holiday season is a time for INDULGENCE. I look forward to eating sweets with abandon and one too many glasses of bubbly on New Year’s just as much as anyone else. The moments of excess remind me why it feels so good to eat healthy daily.
“The key to keeping your balance is knowing when you’ve lost it.”
I find my balance during the holidays by maintaining a healthy daily routine. If I’ve got a party coming up I make sure to eat nourishing meals on the big day so I’ll be at my best that night. No low blood sugar to keep me from dancing or arriving famished and binging on the buffet! I want to walk in the door looking fabulous and full of life, how about you?
I mentioned earlier this week that I really want to help you take action and eat healthy every day, so here’s a meal plan with recipes to get you through the day of the big party.
Breakfast: Pineapple Spinach Smoothie
Kick start your day with a green smoothie and you’ll be feeling very smart– not to mention full of energy. Toss these ingredients into a blender and process until smooth: 200g/7oz cubed pineapple, 40g/1.5oz spinach leaves, 260mL/9oz coconut milk, a handful of fresh coriander leaves and the juice of 1 lime. Serves 2.
Lunch: Wheat Berry Salad with Roasted Fennel, Red Bell Pepper, Cannellini Beans and Feta
This grain based salad is perfect for a packed lunch and will satisfy your appetite without making you feel too full. It’s super simple to make and uses mostly pantry ingredients. Click here for the recipe!
Essential Pre Party Snack
I mentioned the essential pre party snack in my last post about Surviving the Holidays with IBS. Having a little nibble before the party helps me to avoid binging on the buffet and puts a little something in the tummy so you’re not drinking on an empty stomach. My favourite is good ol’ cheese and crackers. I especially love a nice sharp cheddar with a little cherry conserve.
We’ve all been there– home from the party, still a bit tipsy and absolutely starving! This is when really bad decisions happen, like stopping for fast food (The CHIPPER!) or chowing down a carton of ice cream. I go for the porridge. It may sound weird but hear me out. I learned that oats are a source of melatonin and they make tryptophan more available to the brain– both of which are involved in sleepy time feelings. What better than coming home, kicking off your heels and cuddling up on the couch with a steaming hot bowl of comforting oats? Have everything at the ready on the stovetop so you don’t even think about looking in the fridge for ice cream.
I hope this helps you find a bit of balance during the holiday party season. Next week I’ll be sharing a menu for recovering the day AFTER the big party. Stay tuned!
How do you maintain a healthy balance the day of a big holiday soiree? Share your tips in the comments section.