How to stay on track during the holidays

The holidays are for enjoying time with loved ones – not for feeling crappy! But with all the indulgences and changes in people’s routines, it often ends up being a time when people find themselves feeling not so great!

But we’re not going to let that happen this year! There is enough stress surrounding the holidays already, so I want you to feel your absolute best when it comes to your health. I’ve put together a list of my favourite recommendations to help you feel prepared and able to stay on top of your goals this holiday season:


Get in touch with your creative side and try making some healthy holiday treats to bring to your next holiday gathering!

Healthy Dark Chocolate Turtles

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 1/2 oz 70% dark chocolate
  • 1 heaping cup pitted dates
  • 2 oz pecan halves (about 40-45 small halves)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Blend dates in a food processor until they become a sticky and very thick jam-like consistency.
  2. Roll the processed dates into 15 marble-sized balls using the palms of your hands. Place the balls on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  3. Press 2-3 pecan halves into the date balls and then place in the freezer for 10 minutes to set.
  4. Heat a small saucepan over very low heat and add in the dark chocolate, stir continuously until melted into a smooth sauce. Remove from the heat.
  5. Using a spoon, pour a small amount of chocolate sauce over each date/pecan mound. Repeat until each one is covered with the chocolate. The chocolate sauce will harden quickly becoming a shell over the date/pecan mounds.
  6. Place in turtles in the freezer to set for at least 10 more minutes.
  7. Keep turtles cold (in the fridge is fine) until ready to serve.

No-Bake Chocolate Peppermint Protein Balls

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup almond butter, use sun butter for nut free
  • 1/4 cup unflavored pea protein powder
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2-4 tablespoons crushed candy canes, or cacao nibs for a healthy crunchy option (plus more to top for presentation if wanted)
  • 2-4 tablespoons 50% dark chocolate chips
  • 2-4 tablespoons water optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Put everything except the candy cane or cacao nibs, chocolate chips and water into a bowl and mix well.
  2. Slowly add water if needed. You may not need any water if your almond butter is runny. Start with a teaspoon and slowly add until you get a well-mixed batter. If you add too much, then the batter will be too soft to roll.
  3. Add the candy canes/cacao nibs and chocolate chips and mix again.
  4. Allow to chill in the fridge while you clean up, then roll into 10-12 balls.
  5. You can then top with more crushed candy canes for presentation if you want.
  6. Enjoy!

Published by bailfitz

BA, RHN registered holistic nutritionist

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