The most wonderful time of the year is upon us, which often can be the worst time of year for our waistlines! Last night my Wellness Groups reinforced that it does not have to be that way. We don’t have to throw our hands up and give in to the overeating extravaganza that can happen during the holiday season. Over the thanksgiving break the Wellness Group lost 40 pounds amongst, 18 people! I would have been impressed if they all just maintained their weight, never mind lose weight over one of the biggest eating holidays of the year.
When asking the group how they accomplished such an amazing act this is what they said:
- Use smaller plates
- Be active, many went for walks or did their usual workout in the AM
- Avoid second helpings
- Bring healthy alternatives
- Plan ahead, decide what food you are going to enjoy and what foods were not worth it to you
- Skip the picking while cooking and appetizers
- Choose the lowest calorie beverages
- Slowed down eating
- Encourag family and friends to join you
- Make commitments to their fellow group members/support people and share progress via email
After my fantastic thanksgiving filled with family, friends, football and food, I came home ready to get back on track with healthy eating. The Holiday is over and so is the eating! The next morning get back on track and back to better food choices. That is probably my number one survival guide for the holidays.
To get back on track with healthy eating I wanted something that was quick to make but still had that Holiday cheer without weighing me down, literally! I went to my trusty pintrest board in search of a yummy dish. I came across Oh She Glows‘ Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad and adapted it to make my Christmas Detox Salad!
I like nothing better than being able to open up a few cans of beans, chopped up some vegetables and blend a dressing, in 10 minutes have a meal on the table. This recipe is fantastic because the red and green color combo gives you that Christmas feel. The chickpeas and lentils are filling from their high fiber and protein content. The cilantro and lime add a burst of flavor which each bite. I have been enjoying this dish all week long at lunch and feel like I am starting the Holiday season off on the right foot.
Christmas Detox Salad
- One 15-oz can chickpeas
- One 15-oz can cannellini beans
- 3 cups spinach
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped finely
- Juice from 1.5 limes
- 3/4 cup fresh Cilantro
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
Step 1: Drain and rinse the chickpeas and cannellini beans and place in large bowl. In a food processor, pulse 3 cups of spinach until chopped small. Chop a medium onion. (To save time I often will get onions pre-chopped at the grocery store.)
Step 2: In a large bowl combine beans, chopped spinach and onions. Step 3: In the food processor, add the lime juice, cilantro, mustard, garlic, cumin, and oil. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Step 4: Add the homemade dressing to the bean and spinach mixture, stir well. Slice cherry tomatoes in half and combine.
My Challenge for you this week is don’t throw your hands up and give in to the overeating extravaganza that can happen during the holiday season. Plan at least one plant based, yummy meal each week. And then it will be the most wonderful time of the year for your waistline as well!