Holiday time is that time of year that we all just want to relax from our busy schedules, but try not to ‘relax’ too much with your healthy eating. It will be worth your (and your family’s) while to keep up with the healthy habits you follow during the rest of the year. Even during the holidays, we all like to have good energy levels and never feel ‘sick’ from overeating or eating lots of unhealthy food.
Making good choices is the big secret and together with that, portion control remains vital. You can definitely have treats from time to time, as long as they don’t only consist of shop-bought options, packed with hidden salt, sugars, colourants and unnatural preservatives. Aim to keep snacks and treats as natural as possible and the best way to do that, is to start with fresh ingredients. There are plenty of healthy options to make at home and why not use this opportunity to spend some fun family time in the kitchen?
If you are fortunate enough to go away during the holidays, pack some of your own food for the road – homemade is always better than just another fast-food meal. Nibble on unsalted nuts or fresh fruit and veggies with a flavourful dip. The benefit is that these will leave you feeling fuller and still that craving to snack constantly while travelling.
Have you ever added a dollop of peanut butter to plain yoghurt as a dip? So simple and yet, surprisingly delicious. This dip, a batch of homemade apple and carrot muffins, tuna fritters, popcorn or spiced nuts are just some of the yummy and healthy snacks and treats you can prepare from the range of Cooking from the heart recipe books. Make sure to try them, it will have everyone asking for more. http://cookingfromtheheart.co.za/cfth-recipes/
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