Do you overindulge at the holidays and then come January 1st go on a serious detox to undo the holiday damage? This year, wouldn’t it be great to give your body a jump-start so you can truly feel thinner, happier and healthier during the holidays?
To keep my body energized and stay in the groove of the holiday season with a smile I like to ‘crowd out my cravings.’
Crowding out my cravings means eating the healthier foods first so your body feels full and satisfied. Your body then says, “I’ve got what I need”. Using this method, it’s much easier to avoid the endless holiday temptations. I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to vegetables. Eating 7 to 10 servings of vegetables every day is my sneaky way to crowd out my cravings.
For most of my clients it’s a much harder task to get all your daily veggie servings in. The good news? I’ve got 10 quick, easy and delicious ways to sneak vegetables from zucchini to cauliflower into almost every meal.
1. PRETEND IT’S PASTA
“Spiralize vegetables like zucchini and carrots and use them as pasta substitutes,” says Inspiralized.com’s Ali Maffucci. Spiralizers are surprisingly easy to use and you can pick one up at Amazon for about $30.00 and they are so much fun. Here’s a link for my favorite spiralizer: http://amzn.to/2fSmVOV
2. SLICE + BAKE
Even the pickiest eaters will have a hard time passing these up. Take a mandolin or sharp knife and thinly slice zucchini, carrot, hearts of palm or eggplant, or opt for whole green beans or asparagus spears, coat them with a thin covering of olive oil and bake until crispy. You can even cut them with the spiralizer above. Delicious!
3. MAKE A GREEN DRINK
Check out my Green Drink Video on how to have all day energy with this amazing concoction.
4. SLIDE THEM INTO SOUP
Soups are so easy to make and it’s so simple to slip chopped veggies into any. You can add pureed tomatoes, squash, cauliflower or potato. It will act as a non-flour, non-cream thickening agent. What’s more, you will get an added dose of nutrition. One serving, or 100 grams, of cauliflower contains 10% of your daily fiber, while one cup of tomatoes offers 32% of your daily vitamin C.
5. SUB THEM FOR MAYO
Instead of using mayonnaise or Greek yogurt as spreads, mash avocado and use it in their place. To make the avocado creamier, use Imagea tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil or some Dijon mustard or even a tablespoon or two of lime or lemon, depending on what dish you’re making. Greens like spinach and kale can be made into pesto and spread on sandwiches, as can pureed vegetables like roasted red peppers or jarred artichoke hearts or even a spread like baba ghanoush made with eggplants.
6. BAKE WITH THEM
Make muffins so much more delicious, moist and healthy by packing them with veggies. You can use zucchini, carrots, beets or sweet potatoes and you won’t even know the veggie is there.
7. SWAP THEM FOR POTATO CHIPS
Vegetables like Brussels sprouts, beets, fennel, sweet potato, kale and thinly sliced zucchini make great snacks when dehydrated. You can use a dehydrator, or pop them in the oven at the lowest setting until just beginning to turn golden. Toss with salt and enjoy, or pair with a healthy dipper like hummus or kale pesto.￼
Do you find your holiday’s less than a celebration? Do you go into serious survival mode at the holiday’s? It doesn’t have to be this way. You can be empowered to thrive this holiday feeling thinner, happier and healthier than ever. To make sure you don’t miss any of these powerful tools, pull out your cell phone and text the word ‘sizzle to 442-22. We will send you our ‘Seven Simple Surefire Steps to Regain the Happy in Your Holidays!’
￼WHAT DO YOU THINK?
What are your tips for getting more servings of vegetables into your meals? What are your tricks for getting veggie-averse people to unwittingly enjoy their greens? Tell us in the comments below!