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3 NEW HFHY Oatmeal Recipes on www.JoyofKosher.com

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The Joy of Kosher website has published three NEW oatmeal recipes of mine. Stay tuned as The Healthy Family, Healthy You Cookbook will be their featured cookbook on December 21, 2015. I’ll post as soon as it is up. Update: Here is the link.

At that time you can also enter to win a free copy!

 

3 Healthy DIY Oatmeal Packets To Jumpstart Your Day

Overnight Berry Almond Mueslix

You can still save yourself and others Mid-Donut-Week!

 

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT BELOW. KEEP READING!

Okay, so we’re not even halfway through Hanukkah and I can’t believe the gluttony! No judgment here; I promise. Everyone who has a party has to serve donuts and latkes, right? And cookies shaped like menorahs and dreidels with food colored sprinkles… Seriously, I’m not giving you a hard time. It is what it is right now. So what to do?

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If you do one thing for your health this week….(or during the entire holiday season):

1-Have a contest with yourself or a friend/spouse. Who can eat the most types of fruits and vegetables each day? That way, you’ll keep your nutrition up and your calories down during the day. This is similar to last week’s suggestion of making sure that what your kids do eat during the day this week is really whole food with as many nutrients and as little fluff/processing/fake food as possible. For instance, a banana and nut butter instead of a granola bar. Try to skip any processed carbs. Just make sure you eat enough starchy vegetables/legumes during the day so you aren’t famished at night. For instance, beans (great protein source too!) and butternut squash are great options to keep you satisfied. Throw in a green smoothie as the vibrant greens will just make you feel better all around. A happy person is not one who has to eat half of a buffet to feel satisfied.

2 – That’s another important tip actually…If your main pleasure of the week is stuffing your face every night, make sure to examine why that might be and find other activities to feed your soul. Like the theory of giving experiences instead of more things many of us don’t need…Enjoy yourself at your celebrations, do Hanukkah crafts with your kids, or something else that isn’t all about eating fried food. It is possible to have a reasonably healthy Hanukkah and a healthy holiday season. Quality family time can even mean a walk together before you light candles.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

If you really want to have a healthy hanukkah, and/or a healthy holiday season, please use the Healthy Family, Healthy You books as a foundation and a daily resource. If you’re looking for green smoothie recipes, a healthy dinner that comes together in 15 minutes or less, an action plan for your entire family, and over 100 easy peasy lemon squeezy recipes, please check out The Healthy Mama’s Guide to feeding your family well – simply and sanely!…and…The Healthy Family, Healthy You Cookbook.

DEAL OF THE WEEK!

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The full price cost of The Healthy Family, Healthy You 2 book set is $36, signed and delivered (locally) by moi. 2 sets is $72.

If you order two sets before the end of Hanukkah (this coming Sunday), you’ll receive a BIG DISCOUNT. Buy two sets (one for you, one for a friend or sister or friend that is like a sister?) and, instead of $72…you will pay only $50! That’s over a 30% discount and something I have never done before (and probably will never do again). I will do my best to deliver at your convenience over the next few days and will definitely deliver by Sunday.

If you are not local, well, the 2 book set is still the perfect gift for yourself or others for whatever holiday you celebrate. Good health is always the perfect gift. If you are not local, you should order from Amazon and receive the books in 2 days with free shipping, whether or not you have Amazon Prime.

Email me at natasha@healthyfamilyhealthyyou.com pronto! I look forward to celebrating a healthy 2016 with you! (See my Facebook page for more information on how to do that with your family and friends!)

Post-Thanksgiving, Pre-Chanukah

How was your Thanksgiving?

Were you “good”? Were you “bad”? Did you eat the treats you wanted to for that special day and you’re just fine with that? Did you take my advice for a healthy, enjoyable, holiday?

I can tell you a few conclusions/recommendations that I came to after this Thanksgiving.

First, get that leftover dessert out of your house!

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We all have a limit to our willpower, especially in the face of an onslaught of holiday foods. If you keep your main meal focused on whole foods without lots of flour and sugar, you can splurge on dessert, without guilt. However… the problem is when the leftovers sit in the kitchen. Then you take a little slice here and a little slice there, and soon you’ve eaten half a pumpkin pie in 2 days! All of your healthy confidence can easily go down the drain this way. Don’t let it happen! Freeze the leftovers for a future meal or distribute them among your guests.

During Chanukah, we’re often at a different party or celebration every single day. That’s 8 days of being served fried foods and being told that eating them (including donuts!) is your religious duty! Eek! If you’re not Jewish, can you even imagine??? That makes the xmas season look like nothing!

So what are we going to do? No one is saying you shouldn’t have a latke (potato pancake) and a donut every day for 8 days, if you really think that will make you happy. However, you can prevent feeling yucky and gaining weight if you balance things out. You can also prevent your children from losing their little sugared up minds. How? See below.

The following tips also apply to the holiday party season in general, not just the 8 days of Chanukah.

The Healthy Family, Health You” Stay Sane During the Holidays” Tips:

1. For yourself and your children: Make every meal outside of the parties count. Be careful not to consume additional empty calories. You want to eat nutrition-filled foods, not “food-like substances.” (I think Michael Pollan coined that term?)

2. Think in terms of abundance. How many plant-based foods (fruits, veggies, beans, lentils, whole grains like oatmeal) can you consume during regular meals? This will leave you feeling good about yourself – and not feeling deprived. This way, during festive times, you can pick and choose what you will indulge in with a clear mind, rather than stuffing every sugary thing you find into your mouth. This goes for your kids too. Just like grown-ups, balanced blood sugar and the happy tummies and emotions that come with healthy eating can really change what happens when they get into a treat-filled situation.

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3. Remember, you’re still in charge, and generally, your children listen to you. Do with them what you would (and should, and will?) do for yourself. In fact, take them with you as you do it to model the behavior. That will keep you accountable! What behavior? Be picky. Tell them this is a great day to be picky! Just because it’s a sugary or deep-fried treat, doesn’t mean you must consume it. Survey the offerings and decide what is truly “worth it”? What is a homemade treat instead of something industrial, artificial, and/or available all year. Your grandma’s homemade latkes are worth it. The frozen latkes that really taste like tater tots are not worth it!

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4. Keep your family focused on what real food is by cooking together in the kitchen. In the spirit of healthy, happy families doing healthy things together, check out this family-strengthening gift my children will probably receive this Chanukah:

Click on the picture or find it here!

Check out other healthy ideas and items in the new Healthy Family, Healthy You store!

Share your healthy holiday tips (and recipes) with the Healthy Family, Healthy You community on Facebook.

Happy almost-Chanukah!