Stay healthy during the holidays + vegan protein balls recipe

christmas_tree_dinner-001.jpgHello again!

Holidays are slowly coming and I know that a lot of people go crazy with food, sweets, treats – literally everything. I know from my own experience, that especially when I come home or to my grandmother’s place, the table is full of all the amazing food and as a true food lover, I used to stuff myself with everything and then feel sick and guilty about everything I ate. Last two years, I finally managed to slow myself down, eat delicious food and sweets and still enjoy time with my family. I’m gonna share with you some tips about staying healthy during the holidays and still enjoying the time with your family and friends.

One of the most important things is definitely drinking enough water. You should drink about 10 glasses of water per day all year around, not just on holidays. You probably know all the benefits of drinking water, but I’m gonna share just a few with you: better skin, better digestion, helps to getadobestock_66163000-750x500 rid of toxins, prevents joint pains, boosts energy and others. Also, if you are gonna drink a glass of water before every meal, especially during Christmas, you will most likely not binge on foods, because water will make you feel fuller. If you don’t like drinking water, make yourself an infused water or a tea. Putting some fresh fruits will give your water a better taste and you will drink it easier. I was one of those people, who didn’t want to drink water (because it made me fuller), just because I wanted to eat more delicious foods. Don’t do that. Stay hydrated and still enjoy all the amazing specialities.

Another tip is to stay active. Exercising will definitely help you during the holidays, especially if you eat a lot of food. If you are together with your family during the holidays, you can go on a family trip or hike for a day. You will spend time with them and besides that get some exercise in. If you don’t find a motivation to go in the gym or do a quick workout, call your friend and go together. Having a workout buddy is sometimes even better, especially when you don’t 82921bd4eb2ab0b665c111a7a21749d6want to do the workout, because you can motivate each other, do a workout and hang out – all at the same time. Try to exercise wherever you can – take stairs instead of an elevator, go for a quick walk or dance at the party, if you are attending one. Those simple tips will definitely help you get some extra workout in your day.

And here come eating tips. First thing first, don’t skip meals through the day, so that you can eat a big dinner later on. Skipping meals and starving yourself is not good for your health in general and if you’re gonna skip meals, believe me, you will not make the wisest food choices and you will go crazy at the dinner.
Another tip is to eat before you go to a party or especially before you go grocery shopping. If you eat before you go to a party, you will be less tempted to eat highly processed and sugary foods, and if you eat before you go shopping, you won’t ‘buy with your eyes’. You will only buy what you really need and not what you crave at the moment.
It’s also really important to snack wisely. Snacking between meals is important, because you have to eat every 2-3 hours in order to not be hungry or starve yourself. Smaller portions of foods through the day are important and if you choose your snacks wisely, your blood sugar levels will stay normal and you won’t crave something sweet. Amazing snack examples are fruits, nuts, greek yoghurt or protein bar.

prenos.jpgOne topic that is also important is drinking alcohol. We all know that holiday season is all about family dinners and different parties and it’s important that you control your alcohol consumption. Drinking alcohol is an easy way to consume more calories than you need. Alcohol, just like food, can cause a throw of blood sugar (especially if you don’t eat before you drink), which can cause sugar cravings and you will most likely reach for different sweets. A glass or two won’t hurt you, but if you are drinking, be moderate.

Because Christmas calls for sweets, I made a really simple, delicious and healthy recipe that I will share with you. I made a healthier version of coconut balls – raw vegan protein balls. And they are delicious! If you make them, let me know how you like them.
Another tip – if you like delicious foods and treats and you don’t want to indulge in them through the holidays, try to make a healthier version of them. They can taste the same or even better as the original recipe.

15355846_10209586519952496_6461879603459997479_nRaw vegan protein balls

You will need:
– 8 dates
– a fist of walnuts
– 1 1/2 tbs of shredded coconut
– a pinch of vanilla
– 1 tbs of Formula 1 chocolate shake mix

Add all the ingredients in a blender and mix for about a minute. You should get a dense mixture, but if the ingredients don’t stick together, just add a little bit of a water – but not much. Then just form balls and roll them in the shredded coconut. You should get around 10 protein balls, but it depends on how big they are. Put them in the fridge for an hour and serve them to your friends and family.
If you want, you can switch walnuts for chestnuts, almonds or other nuts and you can also add other things, such as chia seeds, lemon peel, cocoa powder or whatever you want. But don’t mix a lot of different ingredients together, because they won’t taste as delicious as they do. Less is more, right?

15592557_10209597984439101_1429152958_nHoliday season is all about delicious food and treats, so enjoy it. Even though I gave you some tips, it’s obvious that you don’t need to stick to them 100%. I saw this quote the other day and I agree 100%: “Fitness is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.” Don’t deprive yourself. Have fun and don’t restrict. Holiday time is not about food. It’s about spending time with your family and friends and making connections and memories. Christmas comes once a year, so have fun and enjoy. Eat your favourite treats and spend some quality time with your loved ones.

Until next time,
T.

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