One year, my sister and I made salt dough ornaments with our mom. Homemade snowmen, Christmas trees, stars and candy canes adorned our tree that year. Those that survived two small children and a mischievous cat became a part of our tree decor for years to come. It’s one of my best childhood holiday memories.
“‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, dieters were wishing that they’d eaten less than a mouse.”
Maybe that’s not quite how the poem goes, but many of us, by Christmas, wish that we’d done better in staying on our diets. If you’re dreaming of sugar plums but want a slim waist as well, we’ve got the tips you need to avoid gaining weight this year.
Make health the centerpiece on your holiday table with this meatless main dish made from wholesome, vegan ingredients. Guests will gobble up every bite without thinking of turkey, especially when served with all the traditional sides. No need to heat your oven for hours—just pick a bean (any bean!), blend a can with gluten-free baking mix and fresh herbs, then bake for about 20 minutes. Use a loaf pan and divvy up slices or make mini loaves for elegant individual servings. Happy Thanksgiving!
A creamy casserole made without heavy cream—now that’s something to be thankful for! Seasonal squash and baby spinach star in this healthy, hearty side dish that’s perfect for holiday dinners or any night of the week. Short on time? Pick up a package of pre-cubed butternut squash to skip a step. And if there’s no nutritional yeast on hand, a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese can be subbed in.
Content courtesy of Pam Higgins, Certified Health Coach
With Halloween today and candy canes already appearing on store shelves (can you believe it?), ’tis the season for sugar – yikes! This week marks the kickoff of the holiday season and for many, this can lead to a seemingly bottomless black hole of sugar cravings, sleepless nights and stress overload.
One Halloween nearly a decade ago, when my oldest was a toddler and I still idealistically believed I’d be able to shield my children forever from the evils of trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup and Red Dye Number 5, I bought dried fruit instead of candy to give out to trick-or-treaters.
This move didn’t go over well. A sarcastic fifth grader said, “I’m sure the American Dental Association appreciates your idea of what candy is,” and declined my organic raisins. Moms openly gave me weird looks. I guess you can say I got lucky that my house didn’t end up TP’ed!
The changes that autumn brings can be linked to specific aromas that connect the natural world to our daily experiences. Sensory rituals using essential oils—like creating aromatherapy blends for home scenting—are subtle prompts to be present in the moment. Indulge in the season with this easy-to-make, autumn-inspired air freshener made from pure Aura Cacia essential oils.
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