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!

Vegetables

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.

Towel Workout

What equipment do you need to do a good workout? Weights, resistance bands, or weight machines all come to mind, but what if you don’t have them? You may have an excellent piece of equipment sitting in the folded laundry. No expensive equipment is needed for a tone up session with a towel.

Here are 5 exercises you can do at home with a towel!

1. Stand holding a rolled towel

Stand holding a rolled towel in front of you. Bend at the waist and tilt yourself forward while lifting your left leg behind you. Become almost parallel to the floor and row the towel toward your chest. If this is hard to balance you can tap your foot down. Do 10 reps on each leg.

2. Lie on your belly

Lie on your belly with your arms stretched out in front of you holding a towel. Lift your legs and chest and pull the towel toward you. Do repeated reps holding the towel taut. Do 10 reps.

3. Sit-ups

Sit-ups can be enhanced with the towel. Hold the towel in front of you on your chest with both hands in the sit-up position. Sit up and then raise it stretched between your hands over your knees and repeated in reps of 10.

4. Lunges can be done with the towel

Lunges can be done with the towel. Stand with your feet together and the towel in both hands with arms straight in front of you. Curl the towel as you step back with your left leg into a back lunge and repeat on your right side. Curling adds arm movement and engages more muscles. Do reps of 10 on this also.

5. Pushups and Planking

Push-ups and planking.  Fold the towel into a small square and use the towel as a slider. That way you can slide it on the floor and move the concentration from one side to the other. You can shift it from left to right during push-ups and planking. When you get time, you can try the towel under your foot during lunges.

Try them and get creative at home with some new towel exercises.  Let me know how it goes.

Until next time,

Your healthy lifestyle coach,

Nikki