When at home in our routines, it may be easier to find our grooves with eating balanced meal plans.
Yet, traveling and gathering with family and friends for big holiday meals that include decadent desserts, extra cocktails, and hors d’oeurvres, can throw off those routines and cause a bit of havoc on the gut-microbiota from additional sugars and carbohydrates that break down quickly (think cakes, stuffing, and mashed potatoes from white potatoes).
After the holidays are over, we might feel bloated with tight lower stomach cramps, and we might even crave more sweets, as sugar feeds certain organisms in our digestive tract and they will crave more to survive.
So what can we do?
I’m all about preventative care. I share my favorite tip below and you can view more HERE.
Biggest Tip: Offer to bring more of what you would like to see on the table!
I love offering to bring several healthful plates to my family’s gathering: epic colorful salads, veggie trays + guac, my “Sweet Potato Mash,” and desserts made with natural sweeteners like my “No Bake Christmas Tree Cookies with Spirulina Frosting,” or my “Cabernet Chocolate Cheezecake.”
I ask my mother or grandmother what I can bring to contribute, and I name a few of my favorites and see what they are most excited about!
This ensures that there are enough healthful foods on the table that I can pile on my plate, and add smaller portions of the other foods so I can taste the love and joy in my family’s cooking!
Plus, my family is exposed to new styles of cooking, and will actually suggest on their own that I make their favorite dishes of mine next year.
My Chai Chocolate Macaroons are an amazing addition to your dessert tray. SUPER easy to make, they are full of blood-sugar stabilizing healthy fats like coconut and almond flour.
Coconut oil is known as a superfood that breaks down like a simple carbohydrate, meaning it gives you quick energy like a fruit would, yet it does not cause spikes in blood sugar. Pretty great, right?
Giving ourselves permission to enjoy sweets can be a wonderful way to receive pleasure, rather than restriction… which can lead to over-indulging later. And choosing desserts with ingredients with vitamins and minerals, not empty calories and refined sugars, is a way to honor both your tastebuds and health… all in moderation of course!
This recipe is simple, it requires just a little bit of stirring! I place all ingredients into a bowl and mix together.
I freeze the mixture for about 10 minutes so the oils firm up from the cold, and then I shape into balls.
Then I freeze the shaped balls for another 30 minutes for them to fully set.
And then… we eat!
I would love to hear your feedback or questions in the comments below!