Holiday Eating

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I couldn’t tell you all the amazing foods on these plates – so eat with your eyes!

It’s that time of year…where the world falls in love with…indulging in holiday foods! That’s exactly how the song goes right?! Here’s a fact – your body weight fluctuates every day. Another fact – there are tons of holiday parties and get togethers that happen. On average around the “holiday season” there is a 2-5 pound weight gain. It’s important to remember that the holidays don’t happen every day and this probably isn’t how you normally eat. With that in mind I like to remind myself to enjoy everything on the table and to maintain and not gain.

HELPFUL TIPS: Take a smaller plate and fill it up accordingly – if you’re still hungry go back with that same plate, be drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day (helps with feeling full since it slows down digestion in the stomach and emptying)(what kinds of fluid – because these often have calories too. Ex: alcohol vs. water), notice if you are making a colorful plate, take the time to enjoy your food (notice things like scent, texture, presentation), notice if you are starting to feel full, enjoy table conversation, try incorporating games or physical activities where food is out of sight and out of mind (family runs morning of the big day, tailgating games outside, board/card games after eating), don’t skip breakfast, if you go to a pot luck try bringing a new vegetable or protein dish you’ve never made before. Did I forget something…? Let me know what you do to maintain during the holidays!

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So a couple of my friends and I got together as one last hoorah before the winter break and with all the cold weather soup has been on the brain for us all. So we have a broccoli bacon beer cheese soup, butternut squash soup, and vegetarian chili. Recipes found below. One great way to keep your diet interesting is to try new things so enjoy! Friendly reminder: to make good food one does not have to be fancy, just use good fresh ingredients.

Broccoli Bacon Beer Cheese Soup: http://www.parade.com/231655/jackiedodd/broccoli-bacon-beer-cheese-soup/ (if you are reading this and have ever dined at Hog Haus in Fayetteville Arkansas it tastes very similar to the beer cheese queso they serve)

Butternut squash soup: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/butternut-squash-soup-with-apple-and-smoked-cheddar (not the exact recipe – ours didn’t have apple in it – but I will be making this over the holiday break so if you beat me to it – let me know!)

Vegetarian chili: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/the-best-vegetarian-chili-in-the-world/ (again, this was not the exact recipe but I have made it before and it was delicious.)

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And as promised it is: Food prep Sunday! This week we have: Greek yogurt, apple, cheese sticks, cocoa dusted almonds, protein shakes, roasted red pepper hummus, turkey and ham wraps, egg and turkey sausage scramble, kitchen sink soup.

Ok so this one might be the last one till next year since I will be home for the holiday break. BUUUUTTTTT if I can convince the family grocery shopper/meal planner (aka momma) I might pull a meal prep for a family of 5!…..and as Barney Stinson would say…”CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!”

Recipe for kitchen sink soup: Ingredients: ½ pound spinach, 1 small onion, ¼ cup oil, 3 cups carrots, 2 cups frozen peas, 1 zucchini, 2 cans diced tomatoes, 1 pound ground beef, salt/pepper/garlic to taste, water as desired. Directions: roughly dice onion, sauté in oil, add ground beef and cook through. add peas on low to thaw. In a separate pot (I used my dutch oven) add carrots, zucchini, and canned tomatoes. Add water till it barely covers ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes. Add ground beef mixture to pot and stir. Add water to barely cover. Add spinach to top and let wilt. Stir to combine and add seasonings to your liking. Simmer on low for 20 minutes (or until carrots can be cut through with a spoon).

So my challenge to you is to maintain and not gain this season! Happy Holidays!

In health,

Taylor

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