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  • Megan Vogias, MA Ed

Holiday Hacks for Healthy Eating

Updated: Jan 6, 2023

Pack snacks of every shape and color

Prepare your own nutty, chewy, trail mix and pack it in little zip-lock bags for snacking through the week.

Wash and wrap organic apples/pears in paper towels to grab-and-go.

When on the run, make healthier snacking choices from vending machines – remembering that 100 calories from a bag of pistachios are far superior in nutrients to 100 calories from a bag of potato chips.

Know your surroundings when mapping your route

As you map out your errands remember what's nearby so that if you're in crunch time, you can go for the healthiest options possible.

Near your local café? Add a water, a banana, and a bag of nuts to your order to keep you hydrated and fueled for the day.

Running errands near the local health-food store? Stop in and pick up something from the hot bar at a health-food store or your bag of trail mix and a banana when you are in a rush.

Batch Cook & Freeze

Have a few free hours? Invite your family or friends to join you in the kitchen.

All of these can be batch-cooked and frozen in mason jars or other freezer-safe containers.

If you opt for mason jars they also can serve as a reusable container and you can microwave them mid-day for a delicious meal.

Here are some of our favorites:

  • Soups

  • Chilis

  • Grains & Vegetables

  • Overnight Oats

  • Curries & Masalas

  • Italian Sauces

  • Moles & Enchilada Sauces

Nothing interesting you? That's okay, consider your favorite meal components:

  • Stir-fried vegetables

  • Roasted sweet potatoes

  • Quinoa/ buckwheat and other whole grains

  • Lentils/chilies/soups and stews

Stay Mindful and Present in the Moment

Being present and taking time to enjoy your meals is almost as important as your food choices. In other words, it's not just what you eat but when and where you eat as well.

Remember, your desk is not a table! Give yourself a break when you eat and enjoy even a few moments to savor the food, chew slowly, and leave some time for a walk or just to sit and breathe.

You will digest and assimilate the nutrients from your food ever so much better, connecting to your body and allowing yourself the space to be. Remember that every bite matters. Every little choice that we make with our food now will nourish our bodies today and will keep us healthy for the years to come.

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