You know you’ve overindulged at the holiday table when your pants start to get tight around the waist and your favorite ugly sweater feels a bit snug.
The holiday season, as festive as it is, makes us binge. Constantly. We often eat too much of the wrong foods, namely processed sugars, gluten-filled pastries and heavy meats and fats. As much as we want to have fun and forget about restrictive diets, we should remember that the holidays are not about food, but about being with the people we love.
We can definitely enjoy the time spent with friends and family a lot more if we felt lighter, more present and energized, and less stuffed. Don’t you agree?
One of my food strategies during the holidays is to pack my diet with healthy fats and plant proteins so I am not craving the sugar-laden snacks peeking at me from every table and countertop. I drink a lot of fiber-rich smoothies filled with leafy greens and low-glycemic fruits such as berries, apples and pears.
I also start my day by drinking a glass of water with lemon juice and a bit off fresh ginger which boosts the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and helps improve digestion.
Another healthy secret I have is adding foods to my diet that are rich in digestive enzymes, pre and probiotics as these natural compounds help to effectively break down food and prevent the accumulation of bad bacteria in your digestive tract, which can cause bloating, gas and indigestion.
The green pineapple smoothie recipe is a yummy cocktail which will help to balance your nutrient intake and supply your diet with much needed dietary fiber, healthy fats and digestive enzymes. Pineapple is high in vitamin C, one cup has over 100% your required daily intake. This tropical fruit is also a great source of the potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound bromelain and has been shown to contain naturally occurring enzymes which aid in digestion.
This smoothie is especially good to drink in the morning before your breakfast or instead of it. It will keep your tummy feeling full and happy, and will help to reduce cravings for sweets throughout the day.
As a rule of thumb, try to have a well-balanced meal or a protein-rich snack before going to a big party or a holiday dinner. Trust me, this is a great strategy to keep you away from the heavy foods and to reduce the intoxicating effects of too much alcohol. Green smoothies are always a great choice in my book.
Have Happy & Healthy Holiday Season!
- ½c chopped kale (de-stemmed) or spinach
- 1 Tbsp fresh parsley leaves
- ½ c fresh pineapple (peeled and chopped)
- 1 tsp coconut oil or coconut butter (optional)
- ½ banana
- 1 tsp hemp seeds (optional)
- 2-3 c light coconut milk or coconut water water
- Blend all ingredients until smooth
- Drink while fresh