Thanksgiving has passed. Some of us feel great because we made better food choices this year. The rest of us may be dreading Christmas!
Remember Daniel and his three friends? They had the choicest food at their disposal (sound familiar?) but they did not indulge. (Daniel 1:8)
Like Daniel, we have the choicest food before us during the holidays. But… we don’t have to indulge.
Daniel and his friends focused on food that nourished the body and provided energy for service. Good plan!
Here are 7 Healthy Holiday Tips
1. Take fresh snacks with you as you run around shopping for gifts. Also, make sure you and the kids eat a healthy and filling meal before you leave the house.
2. Eat a little something before heading out to those holiday parties, there can be some pretty tempting stuff there! Feed the kids so they won’t be tempted to eat all the junk offered.
3. Don’t let the holidays stress you out and drive you to binging. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stop and pray, take it to the Prince of Peace. He loves it when we tell Him how we’re feeling. It builds relationship.
4. When out-of-town visiting family, enjoy a nice one-on-one walk around the neighborhood. Take time to fellowship, connect with one another, and catch up on life.
5. Try to cook meals (as much as you can) at home instead of going to restaurants. Take this opportunity to cook together as a family; have holiday music fill the room.
6. Toss in some healthy ingredients in your holiday meals. Bake with gluten-free, all-purpose flour, or almond flour, or coconut flour. Use Agave as your sweetener and use lower sodium broth for soups. Don’t be afraid to use fruit in hot dishes. I toss apples in my pumpkin or butternut squash soup. You can use skim milk cheese for your cheesy dishes. My children love it when I make homemade hot chocolate with almond milk, semi-sweet chocolate chips, vanilla, and cinnamon. They also love my homemade apple cider with fresh apples.
7. Decorate your table with a beautiful, large colorful salad and a do-it-yourself trail mix with a variety of nuts, raisins and dried cranberries.
The holidays do not have to be carb central! We can break that tradition and create new ones for our children.
So go ahead and eat… but not too much. Choose mostly plants (fruits, vegetables). Enjoy the holidays without guilt of overeating. (There is no reason to eat as if we had just experienced a famine!)
We have to take care of ourselves. We want to give our family the best. Wouldn’t it be nice to introduce them to good, healthy habits this year?
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant
on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.
They will be yours for food.”
Genesis 1:29 (NIV)
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By Sommer Crayton
Wife to Chris, mom of three