“Green” is the Color for the Holidays

To see Tip #1: Top Blood Sugar Supplements- Click Here

To see Tip #2: Quick & Healthy Desserts- Click Here

It’s time for our 3rd Tip for Happy & Healthy Holidays!

​We started off with going over the top supplements to take to help with our blood sugar levels (To see blog post- Click Here).

​Next, we covered easy and healthy dessert options that are perfect for this time of year, while keeping our unhealthy sugar/carbs to a minimum (To see blog post- Click Here).

​Now, we are talking about the real SEXY stuff: Vegetables!

​Yep, you heard it right, we’re going old-school parent lessons-

Get in your servings of veggies is our 3rd Tip for Happy & Healthy Holidays.

Here’s why:

​Around this time of year when we are traveling, and indulging ourselves a bit too much at times, how does the gut feel?

​I’m guessing you didn’t pack your “skinny genes”… or at the very least you haven’t pulled them out of the suitcase yet… maybe tomorrow you’ll feel better 😅?

How about your energy levels? Do you feel alert, clear headed, and ready to experience all that great time with friends and family?

​Or are you a bit lethargic, maybe run down from fighting off a cold, or just feeling a bit lazy?

​(If you’d like us to email you a FREE Travel Snack/Grocery Guide to get some ideas for healthy snacks that travel well, click below)

​Well, one of the main reasons for this is often with this time of year, as we start indulging in more of the “bad stuff” we simultaneously eat MUCH LESS of the “good stuff” (aka veggies) 🤔.

Did you know that, in general, vegetables are the food group that are the most abundant in fiber, vitamins, beneficial phytochemicals, and nutrients as a whole; while also being the best anti-inflammatory choices for our gut/body 🤓.

​This means they DRASTICALLY help with digestion, energy levels, immune system performance, recovery, and really everything with our overall health.

​So in essence, vegetables are designed to make up one of the largest percentages of our diet (in terms of # of servings per day), if not the largest, out of our typical categories of: protein, starches, fats, etc. That doesn’t mean veggies are going to be where we get the most calories from, in fact veggies are so low in calories that it would be quite hard to do that… we’re talking in terms of number of daily servings.

Now, I want you to think about over the holidays, where are your vegetables coming from?

Is it 1 side salad with 5 pieces of iceberg lettuce, some shredded carrots, tomatoes, and croutons on top?… Okay, well first those tomatoes aren’t veggies (yep they’re a fruit), and so the rest equates to about .25 servings of actual veggies.

​Is it a serving of that lovely green bean casserole?… Okay, well first off green beans aren’t a veggie… they are legumes… secondly, even if they were you can’t put a can of cream of mushroom soup on anything and still call it healthy.

​Is it the side of broccoli?… Awesome! That’s a great vegetable! How much did you have? 4 florets? Oh… so like 1/2 of a serving of veggies 😅.

The point is we often pick out starchy plants- legumes, lentils, fungi (mushrooms), fruits, and/or grains and think of them as our veggies. When in fact because we are already having soooooo many sugars/starches/carbs between our indulgences & alcohol that these foods contribute to our inflammatory markers, low energy levels, and decline in health during this time of year.

​Examples of these “veggie” imposters that can contribute to inflammation include: tomatoes, mushrooms, corn, beans, green beans, potatoes (technically a veggie, but still a starchy veggie), soy beans, peas, zucchini, squash, peppers, and more.

BUT if you can prioritize 2 to 4 servings of TRUE VEGETABLES in your daily diet you’ll find your energy picks up, digestion improves, and inflammation decreases.

​Examples include: broccoli, asparagus, spinach, chard, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, bok choy, broccolini, kale, romaine, carrots, beets, radishes, and more.

​These can come from side dishes, appetizers (veggies and dips), or if you don’t think the options will be available where you’re going then here are some other suggestions to sneak them in before you head out for the day:

​Breakfast- start with a green smoothie, or veggie loaded omelet/scramble (true veggies, not peppers/tomatoes/mushrooms).

Green Veggie Recipe:

  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 2 cups organic spinach (frozen)
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 cup of organic blue berries (frozen)
  • Optional add ins: collagen, mct oil, almond butter

Lunch- load up on a big salad with tons of veggies, before heading to your holiday festivities.