So many holidays revolve around food. Holiday parties, holiday dinners, holiday happy hours, corporate functions, holiday gifts, holiday get togethers, holiday brunches…you get the idea. Certain foods are associated with certain holidays.
We have warm toasty memories full of Christmas cookies and pumpkin pie, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cheese and wine… the list could go on and on. So for those of us who make an effort to be healthy year round, how do we get through the holidays without gaining 5 or 10 lbs? Easy. You can make raw, veggie, and just plain ol’ healthy versions of all of your favorite foods! Be the girl (or boy) in the sexy dress (or suit), who brings a raw dish or two to the party.
Bring a giant zucchini and yellow squash “pasta” salad. Bring a bowl of cauliflower mashed “potatoes”. Bring raw veggie sushi rolls or a tray of veggies with freshly made guacamole, salsa, and zucchini hummus. Bring a raw apple pie, raw cookies, raw chocolate…the list is endless!
There really is a way to make any of your favorite foods raw. Google has become my new best friend. Love cheesecake? Just type raw cheesecake into google, and voila! An entire list of sites with raw cheesecake recipes come up. Looking for a vegan stuffing? Just google it. I have relied heavily on Ani Phyo’s Raw Un-cookbook to learn a lot of the basics about things, but there are so many amazing raw recipes out there, that it would be a shame not to utilize good old google! I have a list of some of my favorite raw sites down on the left side of this blog, and you can find amazing recipes there as well!
This holiday season, I’ll be making a raw apple pie (ani phyo’s recipe), raw cookies, and my own raw chocolate. That covers the dessert side of things.
I’ll also be making a raw cauliflower mashed, a Thanksgiving Tart-recipe at the following link: http://vegnews.com/web/articles/page.do?pageId=191&catId=10
a giant gorgeous salad with organic sun dried tomatoes, cranberries, veggies, and pine nuts, and lots of little veggie wraps.
All of my relatives are not raw, nor are they vegetarian, nor vegan, and some of them just eat whatever the heck they feel like it. But that doesn’t mean that I have to. Nor does it mean that they have to eat what I eat. But I can cook, or un-cook as it would be, and I can bring dishes to parties, and I can eat beforehand so that I am not starving when I get there and suddenly inhaling a plate of cheese and crackers.
There are ways to get through the holidays and not lose your healthy habits. You don’t have to feel pressured to eat anything that you are not comfortable eating, nor should anyone else.
Sure we associate food with holidays, but for me, holidays are about family and friends. They’re about spending time with the people you love. My favorite holiday is Christmas. I am such a sucker for beautiful lights everywhere, Christmas songs, and watching the tree light up in NYC. Maybe I’ll find a really cool sparkly top to wear (I’m all about sparkles) 🙂 Christmas also has significant meaning for me, personally, since I’m a huge fan of the Awesome J.C.
Christmas and Thanksgiving are all about being with one another and being thankful that we have each other. Being thankful for love…and extra hugs. Extra smiles. The look on another person’s face when you see them after months of not seeing them. The surprise and light we all find in opening a present, no matter how big or small. We give the gift of ourselves to one another at the holidays…and holidays should be about that. Not about the food. The food is just a nice extra that we are so fortunate to have. If we want to keep our loved ones and friends around for a long time to enjoy them and share ourselves with them, then we SHOULD make healthy dishes. We SHOULD be educating one another about whole organic foods, and adding some raw things here and there. Set an example. Make a raw apple pie or raw pumpkin “cheesecake” that leaves everyone wanting more and asking how you made it.
Wishing you healthy, stress-free and happy holidays… because life is too short for anything else.
PS – don’t forget to WORKOUT! Stay active! Play in the snow! Play in the sand (so jealous of you Cali people!) but MOVE YOUR BUTT this holiday season. Your sexy New Years outfit will thank you…and your date just might too 😉