Well, it is officially the hardest time of the year for me.
Why does all the food have to be SO delicious and SO terrible for you?
Well, this year – IT DOESN’T (have to be so terrible). I am going to spread holiday cheer without all those extra calories! First stop – Thanksgiving.
Okay – so obviously Pumpkin Pie is amazing, but so is this alternative! Skip the pie table this year, and have a smoothie instead!
• 1/2 Banana (I freeze mine ahead of time for a creamier smoothie)
• 1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree (I use Libby’s, because it rocks!)
• 1/3 Cup Greek Yogurt
• 3/4 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk
• 1-2 Scoops Protein Powder (ViSalus is my go-to!)
• A Pinch of Ginger
• A Pinch of Cinnamon
• A few good shakes of Pumpkin Pie Spice
• Ice Cubes to thicken your smoothie to your preference
Throw it all in the blender and a few frapped seconds later you have a dreamy, delicious treat that won’t undo your entire week!
Bonus points for being really freaking delicious!
Skip the creamy Green Bean Casserole with fried onions this year and opt for some awesome roasted veggies!
Your tummy will thank you!
• 2 Cups of all your favorite veggies – I usually use Broccoli, Squash, Mushrooms, Red Peppers, Red Onion, Zucchini and Carrots
• 4-6 cloves of Garlic
• 1-2 tsp Thyme (dried)
• 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
• 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• Fresh ground Black Pepper to taste
• Kosher or Sea Salt to taste
Preheat oven to 425. Use nonstick spray or lightly oil a baking sheet. Chop all your veggies into semi-bite size pieces. Combine all veggies in large bowl with garlic & thyme, toss gently. Create a single layer of veggies on your baking sheet and drizzle with balsamic & olive oil. Season with salt & pepper and bake for around 15 minutes or until veggies are tender. Baking time may vary depending on type of veggies and how large your pieces are cut.
I LOVE mashed potatoes, but they don’t really do me any favors in the health department.
Try out mashed cauliflower this Thanksgiving for a healthier twist on an old classic!
• 1 head of Cauliflower – just the florets
• 1 ounce softened Cream Cheese (or Greek yogurt.)
• 1/4 Cup grated Parmesan Cheese
• 2 Tbsp softened Butter
• 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
• 1/2 tsp Salt (Kosher or Sea Salt is my favorite)
• Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
• Fresh Chopped Chives to garnish (optional)
Cook Cauliflower in boiling water until tender. Drain and be very sure the Cauliflower is COMPLETELY dry before moving on. Combine all ingredients (except the Chives) in a food processor and blend until creamy and smooth. Top with fresh Chives if you wish and voila!
Yummy, better for you, Thanksgiving dish that you will totally love!
This year, the holidays are not going to be a time to bust out your baggy pants! Stay healthy and fit and still eat delicious food with your family!
Try out these recipes and watch the magic happen.