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Warning: Don't Get Sucked into the Holiday Processed Foods

December 8, 2015
Holiday Cheer Made by YOU without the chemicals, dyes and artifical ingredients in most holiday packaged products!
Holiday Cheer Made by YOU without the chemicals, dyes and artifical ingredients in most holiday packaged products!

 

Holiday Food Packaging is Designed to Get You!

 

It always amazes me how many patients sign up to do our HCG Diet program over the holidays. Some with the hopes of just being able to maintain their weight and not gain the normal 4-7 lbs that they say happens for most Americans.  The holidays are a beautiful time to share with friends and family and to come together to give and receive.  The holiday food can be really nourishing for the body!  It does not have to be processed foods thrown in beautiful, sparkly, holiday packaging that kind of screams out "buy me" as you walk on by.  If something does catch your eye, pick it up and read the ingredients. I bet you will be appalled at what you see at least 95% of the time.  It happened to me today in our local health food store when I saw a pretty chocolate snowman in a beautiful foil. I thought to myself ... my boys would love that in their stockings.  Then, I read the ingredients and although they could have been a lot worse, I realized I was also paying $4.99 for this snowman shape wrapped in foil.  Truth is, chocolate is really simple to make on your own.

 

Sometimes, those nostalgic memories will try and pull at you too.  You remember all of those times you ate the red and green m&ms as a kid.  I urge you to remember this stuff is mostly chemicals, artificial dyes, etc and really has no business being in your body. 

 

Making your Own Treats for the Holidays

 

I highly recommend taking the little amount of time it takes to bake some holiday cookies instead of buying the pre-packaged processed ones.  If you have kids, they will LOVE to do this with you.

 

Here is my favorite Holiday Cookie recipe (adopted from foodbabe).  They are called: 

 

Classic Ginger Cookies

The Ingredients for these little morsels of delight are ...
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • 1 egg or go for the egg replacer of  1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 and ½ tablespoons molasses
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
Preparing these delicious Holiday cookies
  1. In a bowl, mix all of your ingredients together until combined.
  2. Make a ball and put the dough  in the refrigerator for about an hour
  3. Turn oven to 350 degrees.
  4. You can roll these out and use cookie cutters or simply take a little scoop and make balls on a cookie sheet; press down if you make balls.
  5. Bake for 8-12 minutes and Enjoy!!

 

Other Holiday Ideas

 

Look up recipes for raw coconut macaroons -- these are so easy to make and can be dipped into chocolate.  Make some granola and put it into jars.  You can even glue pretty holiday ribbon to the bottom of the jars.  You can make chocolate drops by melting organic chocolate chips and then adding some chopped almonds, sea salt and goji berries. Scoop the mix into drops on parchment paper and let harden in the fridge.  There are just so many things you can make in your own kitchen over the holidays that will be so much healthier for your family than the food you buy in those beautiful, holiday packages.

 

Have fun and enjoy the season in good health!




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