Episode 33 – Achieving Balance Over the Holidays

The holidays are here again! Such a joyous time for all, but with the holidays can come stress and the propensity to get a little out of balance.  Of course this time of year is probably the most important time to be well and balanced; flu season, little sun for most of us, and just a tendency to stay in doors can have negative effects on our immunity.  Now is the time to treat our body best, but with the hustle and bustle of the holidays we can easily get out of our wellness groove.

Try to incorporate fruits and veggies; Gina’s Veggie bread/stromboli– buy some frozen bread loaves, thaw according to package, flatten out into a long rectangle, add oil, seasoning such as Italian seasoning (~2 Tbsp), about 3/4 cup cheese and about 1 cup cooked vegetables (spinach, mushroom, pepper, etc), roll and close by squeezing the dough together, and cook according to package directions.
Keeping moving; On this day Gina insisted on getting out even though it was freezing! A quick 15 minute walk in the fresh air was just what she (and the kids??) needed!
Get outside;  Sleds are fun for kids even if there isn’t a hill!

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Resources and Show Notes


Pomegranate Salsa

Butternut Chocolate Chip Cookies

King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour

Stuffed Dates: Take the pits out of your dates, get a small bowl and add chopped pistachios and enough honey to lightly coat the pistachios.  Stuff the dates with as mush or as little of the pistachios as you’d like

Gina’s Turmeric Smoothie: 1 tsp turmeric, dash of pepper, 1 tsp cinnamon, spoonful of Greek yogurt, 1/2 banana, a scoop of peanut butter, crushed ice and almond milk (enough to cover the contents)

Prevention RD’s Sausage and Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Prevention RD’s Modern Day Green Bean Casserole

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple Butternut Squash, Pepitas, and Cranberries

Plant Based Talk

Follow Your Heart Cheese

Chorizo and Cornbread Stuffing  

Make it vegetarian with Morning Star or other brand “chorizo” or “sausage”

Egg replacement chart

JUST Eggs products

New favorites

Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates