Holiday Meal Swaps

There are a lot of holiday dinners from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Studies show that the average person gains 7 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas, WOW! It’s cool to spend time with family and friends making memories, but you do not to give up on the goals you have been working on. A healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to be a hermit, you just need to know how to modify your meals. While you are making lifestyle changes, know that your meals can taste great and be even healthier if you swap out old standbys for some healthy recipes.

Here are a few to get you on the right track.

French Onion Dip

Appetizers are often the first course of the evening. Consider veggies instead of chips!


You don’t need to miss them or smother them with butter. Here are two great additions to the menu.

Green Beans with Lemon and ThymeRosemary Roasted Yams

Mashed potatoes can have a substitute with Roasted Cauliflower Mash!

Can’t forget the gravy! Try this Simple Gravy

Nothing says the holidays more than sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie. These recipes will be excellent additions to your meals.

Pecan and Sweet Potato Pie

Pumpkin Pie with Walnut Crust

Consider these alternatives. You may have some new favorites and some requests for your recipes.

Try adding a bit of healthy eating during the holidays as much as possible!  Remember it’s not what you do every now and then that causes adverse effects, its the daily malpractice.  So enjoy in moderation.

Until next time,

Nicole, your healthy lifestyle partner.

6 Ways to Burn Fat Without Exercise

Drinking water all day can be boring, but you can give your water a boost by infusing it with fruit or you can simply check out a few options below that won’t leave you feeling guilty.

6 (or more) Drinks To Help You To Lose Weight Naturally

So you know I start my day with Lemon Water.  There are a few ways you can mix it up

Lemon & honey

Lemon, cinnamon and honey

Or try Lime instead of lemon

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Lemon, ACV & honey or molasses


Okay so maybe I have more than six LOL.  These are great especially if you are trying to kick caffeine, shed some pounds, or need a pick me up.

1. Green Tea

Green tea is an old faithful favorite.  It not only helps to burn fat, but it also is known as a metabolism booster and full of antioxidants. Great for a mid-day pick me up instead of coffee.  Green tea is known to improve brain function.

2. Oolong Tea

Oolong tea is part of the green tea family, it tells your body to burn fat for energy!  So it is great for weight loss and boosting your metabolism.  It too is great for mental alertness, stabilizing blood sugar and much more.

3. Ginger Tea

Ginger is great for the digestive system and metabolism.  Ginger tea also decreases bloating and is a great natural anti-inflammatory agent.   Add a few slices of lemon or lime for additional flavor.

4. Green Drink

Make your own green drink by blending some of your favorite veggies or add in a fruit for a natural sweetener.  This is a great way to get in a couple of servings of vegetables.  Eating raw allows you to get additional fiber and nutrients that are sometimes removed during the cooking/heating process.

5. Dandelion Tea

A nice smooth tea that is great for the liver, bladder and kidneys.  Not only does dandelion tea aid the digestive system boosting weight loss, it also reduces the risk of urinary tract infections.

Okay so there you have it, alternatives to add to your day while staying on track and decreasing your waistline.Fat Burning Tea


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Nicole, Holistic Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, CHHC

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