Powering through the holidays with quick, energizing, healthy meals can be tough, but its very possible! Stylish Spoon‘s, Ilana Eck has generous provided her ideas for winning the battle. Stylish Spoon, which creates healthy treats made with simple, delicious ingredients, has been a generous supporter of Sweat for Smiles’ fitness parties for charity, including the St. Patricks Day Yoga Party for All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response Organization, and the Team Up!, Brighten Up! Yoga Party for Boarding for Breast Cancer.
Please check out the following 3 no-stress ways to eat healthy this holiday season, by Ilana Eck.
1. Eat the same breakfast every day.
What you eat for breakfast sets your tone for the day. Even if your typical healthy eating goals take a hiatus for holiday party lunches and dinners, you can make sure you stay on track for at least one meal a day. Making decisions creates stress, especially in the morning when you’re getting your family ready or rushing to the gym or work. I love our OatMEAL Chia Cups so I keep a dozen in my freezer and pop one in the microwave every morning for a quick and easy healthy breakfast. Greek yogurt with berries and hemp seeds is another good option. Just pick something you know you like, that will keep you full for at least a few hours, and you’ll always have a healthy start to the day.
2. Meal plan.
I know meal planning can be challenging when you have a busy social calendar, but I find it’s the easiest way to make sure I have healthy meals for when we’re home. It doesn’t have to be super extensive; you can plan on making omelets with turkey bacon and a salad (a favorite in our house!), or make a big batch of quinoa for the week and use it in different ways (as a side for roasted chicken, as the base of a grain bowl topped with roasted veggies, a fried egg and pesto). If you plan out your meals and write them down it eliminates the stress of decision-making when you’re hungry, and makes it less likely that you’ll order takeout if you already have a meal planned.
3. Pre-eat before parties.
Not to sound like a party-pooper, but I try to always pre-eat before parties. I’ll eat a mini meal before I head out to a happy hour or party after work. The same goes for my kids. I’ll make sure we have hummus and veggies or cut up apples and almond butter. Some fresh fruits and veggies to fill us up, so anything else we eat at a party is a fun treat.