Healthy Holidays Part 3

Hello! lovelies!! Thank you all so much for your sweet words of encouragement and amazing advice on my last post. I am still feeling a little down about the whole thing, but I’ve decided that I am going to do everything I can (supportive shoes, icing, stretching, strength exercises, easy runs avoiding hills and hard surfaces) in the next week and if I don’t notice a change for the better, I am going to hit up the doctor. I am also going to ask a physical therapist at my work if they know how to tape for them, and will teach me 🙂

Now let’s move on from this lame stuff, and talk about more exciting things. Like the upcoming Thanksgiving festivities. Last week I talked about how to build a smart plate, and the week before, we all set goals and got ready mentally, so this week let’s talk about bringing something to contribute to the meal.

 (Source + GREAT salad recipe ideas)

I got into this habit when my husband and I had been together for a while. I’ve mentioned it before, but he has a wheat allergy, so sometimes when we go to parties, he can’t eat unless we bring something. I always ask the host what is going to be served, and if they want me to bring anything. So far it’s been a great way to ensure a healthy (and wheat free) option for us.

So my suggestion is to contact whoever is in charge of the menu and offer to bring something. That way you know that there will be something yummy and healthy for you to eat, regardless of what else is being served.

Some ideas:

  • Healthier Stuffed Mushrooms (recipe to come in the next day or so)
  • Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip
  • Veggies and hummus
  • Soup (maybe this, this, or this)
  • Mixed green salad with goat cheese, dried cranberries, and walnuts (or any salad really)
  • Roasted veggie salad (roast any seasonal veggies with a spritz of olive oil and salt and pepper. Cool and serve on greens with pomegranate seeds and a simple vinaigrette.)
  • Mashed potatoes a la Oh She Glows (high protein and vegan, a much better option than butter, cream, and gravy)

Are you offering to bring anything to any holiday festivities you are headed to? Or are you the one cooking this year? I am cooking and I can’t wait!

 

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Healthy Holiday Recipe: Spinach Artichoke Dip

Good morning!! If you haven’t seen it yet, check out my second installment from the Healthy Holidays series from yesterday. I had quite a busy day yesterday, both at work, and after.

I promptly hit the road (and stopped to get Starbucks on the way) to head out with Janae and her husband, and her sister to see Breaking Dawn. So. Much. Fun. I laughed at inappropriate times, ate too much candy, and had way too much fun. Pretty much a win.

Fact: I purposefully tried to be as pale as possible, we were seeing a vampy movie after all.

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So I don’t think that I can stress enough how much I LOVE spinach dip. Love it. This recipe is high protein, low fat, filling, and just YUMMY! It makes a great holiday party appetizer, or be like me and the husband and eat it for dinner with veggies and chips. I won’t judge!

Spinach Dip (makes about 2 cups of dip)
1/2 onion, chopped
2 tsp. chopped garlic
cooking spray
3 huge handfuls of baby spinach, roughly chopped
1 can or about 1 cup chopped artichoke hearts
1 can white beans
salt and pepper
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella goat cheese, divided (or regular, whatever you like)
1/4 cup goat cheese crumbles 

Preheat the oven to 425º. Saute the onions in the cooking spray until soft. Add garlic and spinach. Saute until the spinach is cooked down, but not fully. Add the artichoke hearts, remove from the heat and set aside.

Rinse and drain the beans and add to a food processor or blender. Process until smooth and creamy, you may need to add a small amount of water to get it going, but that will depend on your situation.

Add the beans, salt and pepper, and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese to the sauteed onions, garlic, and spinach and mix. Transfer to a baking dish that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Top with the remaining cheese and bake until the cheese is melty and bubbly.

Enjoy with sliced veggies or chips. Just try to let it cool enough so that you don’t burn your mouth, something I did not do… 🙂