Featured Blogger: Dashing Dish
We love spending the holidays with friends and family, making memories and sharing in tasty treats! While we may indulge a bit more than usual this time of year, there are ways to make dishes a bit healthier. That’s why we love Katie’s blog, Dashing Dish—her treats are simple to make, tasty, and easy on the waistline. Check out Katie’s tips below, and head over to her blog to win an entire case of CHO. What could make the season sweeter?
How to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season!
My name is Katie and I am the founder of Dashing Dish, a website to teach you how easy it can be to eat healthy. I’m here to share a few tips that allow me to enjoy the holiday celebrations while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The way I see it, the holidays are a special time of year that is meant to enjoy time with family and friends, while gathering around the food we share. Here are a few tips that have allowed me to enjoy holidays in a balanced way!
1. The FIRST FEW BITES are what counts!
Have you ever noticed how a child eats a dessert? It takes them what seems to be forever to finish eating! They truly enjoy every bite! Now let’s think about how adults typically eat. Often the treat is gone before we ever realize what we ate! The food is most enjoyable in the first few bites. Since there are plenty of treats surrounding the holiday celebrations, go ahead and indulge a little bit, but as soon as you find yourself losing the enjoyment of the food, stop.
2. The party is about MORE than what is on your PLATE!
Food is an element of a celebration, but not the defining factor. Keep this in mind when you’re on your way to a party and remind yourself that spending time with family and friends is the highlight of the event. This helps take the focus off the food and puts it back on the things that matter most.
3. Pay attention to when you’re truly FULL, and then STOP!
One way to prevent overeating is to eat small but frequent meals throughout the day. If you’re truly hungry, eat something small and rich in protein, like a Chobani yogurt! When you finally sit down to eat a meal, pay attention to your body’s hunger cutes! It will tell you when it’s had enough. If you respect what it’s telling you, you won’t have to deal with the consequences later (feeling sluggish, lethargic, overly-stuffed… all of which are sure to suck the fun out of any celebration). Remember, just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean that you won’t eat anything wonderful again. Go ahead and pick something you enjoy, but take your time to savor it.
4. It’s OK to say NO!
I have learned that I can’t let what others think or say affect how I treat my body, or what I put into it. During the holiday, many people are offering foods left and right. I have learned that If I’m truly full, it is ok to be honest and politely say, “No thank you”. As hard as it is, we don’t have to explain ourselves to people. Even if you’re worried about people being offended, stop worrying. It’s your body. Most people will respect you when you politely say no. The great thing about this is, it allows you to say yes to the things you truly do enjoy this time of year!
5. BRING your OWN dish to pass!
And last but not least, if you bring your own dish to pass, you can enjoy something you love that is also healthy! By doing this, you can also demonstrate how delicious healthy food can be. One of my personal favorite healthy dishes to pass at a party is my Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse! I love to put it in individual glasses, so it looks beautiful and everyone gets their own individual portion.
So here’s to enjoying the holiday season in an enjoyable, healthy, and balanced way!
Happy Holidays to you and your family,
Katie at Dashing Dish
Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse
1 C 0% plain Chobani Greek Yogurt
1/2 C pumpkin puree
1/4 C low fat milk
1 Tbsp sugar free instant butterscotch (or vanilla) pudding mix
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
sweetener of choice to taste
optional toppings: gingersnaps, light whip cream
Place everything in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Serve immediately, or cover and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour, or until chilled. Top with whip cream and/or crushed gingersnap cookies if desired!
Enjoy! Love Katie
Servings: 2 Calories: 125 per serving
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