As the holidays approach us, it can become more of a challenge to eat clean! There are more temptations laying around, more parties to attend, and it seems that there are less hours in each day!
None of the above has to cause challenge to your clean eating patterns if you simply become aware of yourself and take a little time to plan ahead. I myself have been caught off guard; found myself waiting to long between meals and as a result made poor choices (hello chips and salsa!). But it is about awareness and preparation.
Here are some tips and a wonderful salad I made tonight with some leftover roasted butternut squash.
A few tips on eating clean during the holidays:
– Drink enough water. Good fresh cold water. Don’t add powders to create flavoring (especially ones with artificial sweeteners). Water flushes out our system. A natural healthy detox, nothing else added.
– Add RAW fruits and vegetables to your meals to increase density and decrease processed grains. We need carbohydrates and no better way to get them than by raw fruits and vegetables. Have vegetables and fruit cut up and ready in the fridge or with you.
– Lean protein but look to fresh fish (especially sources like wild salmon with healthy EFA’s) and limit red meat.
– Need something sweet, have a piece of fresh fruit and a large glass of water … then ask yourself if you are still REALLY HUNGRY? Chances are you are not.
– Exercise … those that exercise moderately for as little as 30 minutes a day were shown to have less cravings for sugar and fat laden foods.
– Limit liquid calories, those specialty latte’s and mocha’s are loaded with calories and fat. Order the skinny version and you replace some of the sugar with artificial sweeteners which will leave you craving more sugar. Also watch alcohol consumption at those holiday parties. We tend to have great intentions to have 1 drink but as the night goes on, we become more relaxed and the calories start counting up.
It IS possible to get through the holidays without gaining weight and with keeping your nutrition in check, it might just take a little extra effort. You can do it!!!
Arugula Salad w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Cranberries
We roasted butternut squash over Thanksgiving with a bit of olive oil, maple syrup, and a sprinkle of pepper and salt. Towards the end added dried cranberries and roasted a few more minutes.
Salad ingredients :
Organic wild arugula
Diced orange bell pepper
Organic grape tomatoes
Sprinkling of dried basil and red pepper flakes
Honey ginger white balsamic vinaigrette from Olive Oil and Beyond