Holidays

5 Amazing Holiday Treats That are Easy & Healthy!

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I know that the holiday season means so many of us are in the kitchen baking our little hearts out.  

For me, it means that I am pulling out all the family classic recipes. Now keep in mind that I am the first and only holistic health coach in my family so you can go ahead and assume that my classic family recipes consist of mostly sugar, flour, and then a bit more sugar. 

But hey, it is the holidays and a little indulgence is absolutely ok. Besides that, these recipes are amazingly delicious and along with the flour and the sugar come along tradition, happy memories, and family. So there is always room for those recipes in my kitchen during the holidays. 

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There was a time though that I began wanting to make room for some healthier recipes as well. The problem was that I didn’t know where to start and I didn’t exactly have a half an afternoon to spend searching the internet for brand new, healthy recipes especially around holiday time... It took me forever to finally make the time to find some awesome healthy recipes.

And I want to share with you!  

If you are like me and you keep saying, “Yes, THIS year I am going to try a healthier recipe,” well, then look no further.  

 


I have gathered up 5 amazing holiday treat recipes that are easy and healthy! (Aka Win-win!)

Pick one and give it a try! 

 

1. The Food Babe’s Classic Real Ginger Cookies. If you aren’t already familiar with the Food Babe take time to check her out but also don’t miss these awesome, wholesome-ingredient cookies. I can almost smell these baking now!

 

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2. Health Nut Oatmeal Cookies. These cookies have a good balance of “naughty” and “nice” ingredients. Sure you have some sugar and flour, but also hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and wheat germ. You definitely should not feel guilty about this recipe! (Click here.) 

 

3. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. Detoxinista has a ton of recipes that I love. This recipe just sounds divine. You get all the healthy goodness of pumpkin and spices plus the indulgence of chocolate chips. Let’s be honest, everything is better with chocolate chips!

 

4. Paleo Chocolate Peppermint Coconut Macaroons. (My natural family) This is a raw ingredient recipe with lots and lots of shredded coconut (yum!) so they are easy to make and a fun one for the kids to get involved with. I haven’t made this one yet but it is on the top of my list for cookie making time!

 

5. The World’s Easiest Cookies from Elizabeth Barbone. Um, easy? Well, then it has to make the list. I found these cookies by accident while cruising the Nom Nom Paleo site. When “easy” is in the title you kinda can’t go wrong. (Click here.)

 

And there you have it!

 

This is a great starter list to help you introduce a healthy cookie recipe to your cooking baking traditions this year. If you have a favorite to share, please drop it in the comments! If you try one of these recipes, I definitely want to know how it goes!  Don’t be shy, drop a comment! 

 


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The Holiday Wish List of a Healthy Mom (kitchen edition)

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The holidays are here again and it is time to think about GIFTS!  

 

Sure, gifts are not what the season is all about but they sure are fun. And if you don’t mind my confession here, I love to watch people’s faces when they unwrap a gift picked out just for them.  

 

Of course choosing just the right gift is not always easy.  And sometimes, moms like us who are trying to live our healthiest life, can be tough to shop for. 

 

So for the healthy moms in your life or for ideas for yourself, here are some of my current favorite holiday wish list additions! (The kitchen edition!) 

 


 

1.  Instant pot

So many moms already swear by the convenience of this kitchen gadget. Watch for some pretty great deals on this tool for making healthy meals so much easier! 

 

 


2. Spiralizer

The easiest way to make healthy cooking FUN for the family is the spiralizer. Creating string zucchini, sweet potatoes , beets and more makes mealtime so much easier when kids are involved. Get the little ones in on the process and it is a win-win for everyone! 

 

 


3. Salad spinner

An absolute necessity for anyone who stocks up weekly on fresh greens. Not only is this great for cleaning off your greens, but once spun, your greens can remain in the spinner and used as short-term storage, making them last a little longer. I can't live without mine! 

 


4. Bees wax wrap

Make your kitchen a little more eco-friendly by using Bee's Wrap instead of plastic wrap or aluminum foil. I wrap food for my hubby in it that he takes to work daily. It is so easy to clean, dry and then re-use! We absolutely love it! 

 

 


5. Matcha green tea set

This is something I gifted to myself a while back and still can't fully explain how the process of making matcha green tea with a set like this is one of the calmest practices in my day. This is the easiest way to put stress aside and practice a bit of self care, not to mention nourishing yourself with the many health benefits of matcha green tea. 

 


6. Immersion Hand blender

This is one thing on this list I personally can't believe I don't own yet myself. For soups, sauces and even blending drinks, the immersion blender seems like a must have. Since I have a small kitchen I hesitate to add larger items, but this essential tool can fit right in a drawer, taking up less space. This seems like a great addition to any kitchen!  


Wishing everyone a happy season of gift giving! 

 

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