3 Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season

Eat Real Food
Craving a little seasonal hot chocolate? Perfect. The real-food version of it would be to make your own by melting real dark or milk chocolate with almond milk, coconut milk, or whole milk and water. Or try adding a drop of peppermint essential oil for a little mint chocolate treat. It has a much different impact on your body than the powdered chemical stuff. And tastes way better, too. No deprivation allowed here.

Have a Game Plan
I don’t mean down to the minute. But look at your week ahead. What days will you be out at events or get home late, or what nights will you be at home and can do a tiny bit of cooking? Most people just blow through the week, letting everything be a snap decision this time of year. Which is, in short, a recipe for disaster. Most households do well with at least one bigger dish that you can make on a Sunday or Monday and have for lunch or dinner at least one other time. Soups, slow cooker recipes, or one-pot bake ideas are ideal for this. Check out my blog, simplyrealhealth.com, or my cookbook for tons of ideas if you need some!

Create New Traditions
If cookie baking is a big time tradition but you can’t help but eat them all, maybe it’s time to rethink your game plan. There are so many ways to either upgrade your ingredients (like the recipe below) or change the activity to something that creates the same feeling. Usually, it’s of being together, which can happen in so many ways: going on snow walks, making wreaths, playing games, watching movies, making dinner, etc. A great thing to have up your sleeve this season to help you do all three things above? This recipe! It gives you all the fun of the cookie making, minus the sugar crash. Because why choose between the two if you don’t have to? Equal parts sweet and spice, these cuties are only everything nice this time of year — like tiny little fridge weapons, ready for you whenever those “other” cookies/cakes/all the holiday things and cravings call.

Ginger Molasses Cookie Balls

(Makes 14 161/2- inch cookie balls)

  • 6 tablespoons blanched almond meal 
  • 3 tablespoons molasses 
  • 3 tablespoons coconut butter (melt slightly so it mixes better) 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla 
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom 
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger bites, finely chopped 
  • Pinch of sea salt

Mix all ingredients together, roll into ½-inch balls and keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Optional to sprinkle with a little coconut sugar to be a bit more fancy.

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