As we all know, the holidays tend to be a rush of excitement, family and friends, and cooking. A lot of cooking. Here are a couple of things to try to get into the festive spirit while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
I saw this on Tumblr, incidentally, but I have some leftover pumpkin in the fridge from making pumpkin cookies (in last month’s recipe post–they were delicious!), so I thought I’d add it to my breakfast.
Cook 1/2-3/4 c. oatmeal to the consistency you desire; add in 1/4 c. pumpkin puree and dashes of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Cook until warm. Add raisins and top with a drizzle of honey and milk.
My Fruit-filled Homemade Turkey
I got this idea from the Food Network years ago. Instead of stuffing, which dries out the holiday bird (and tastes *bleh* on top of it all…to me, at any rate), I fill the turkey cavity with an onion, garlic cloves, coarsely chopped celery and carrots, and up to one whole apple (your choice, but I recommend Fuji, Gala, or Granny Smith) and one whole orange. Baste the outside of the turkey with olive oil and a mixture of salt, pepper, and your choice of seasonings (last time, we did thyme, rosemary, marjoram, sage, and mint).
Just tried this recipe this week, actually, and love it! It’s a great way to switch things up from the usual mashed variety.
Avocado Salad (Varieties)
I actually had this at a friend’s house this week. It was delicious (even though I’m not a fan of raw tomatoes). The combination is very simple and can be done a plethora of ways. Make this your own!
Skin, pit, and dice avocadoes. Add something sweet and something crunchy (examples: apples and raisins; tomatoes and jicama–the version I tasted–celery and mangoes, etc.). Top with dressing (lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, pepper, tiny bit of mayonnaise, and olive oil; shake well) and feta crumbles.
Moreover, as you go through your holiday seasons, and especially this coming Thanksgiving, try not only to adhere to tradition and accommodate guests, but take some time for yourself! So often, we stress ourselves out by filling our schedules till its packed. Saying “no” can benefit you more in the long run by reducing your blood pressure and anxieties than making room for just one…more…thing. Take the time to be grateful for all that you have done, received, and given this year, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving Season!