25 Days of Christmas #6: This Is Pretty HUM-tastic!

By: Janine Serio

As I have shared, and made mention to A LOT as of late, just because it is the Holiday season does not mean that I switch into that “all or nothing” mindset. My eating stays fairly consistent and, YES, I will partake in some of the season’s delicious treats. 

This is what living the moderate, “down the middle” lifestyle is all about! No stressing about whether or not I will be able to eat something at my client’s Holiday party, or feeling like I have to work my ass off for hours on end in the gym because I went totally overboard over the weekend. I mean, who has time to do THIS when there is shopping, wrapping, and all the other festivities that come with the season! 🙂

One of my “non-negotiables” this time of year, though, is that I do stay on top of my hunger. In fact, I tend to eat several meals throughout my day more so NOW than I usually do. 

Am I eating more food? Not really; in fact, I may even be eating a little less. Again, it just depends on the day – i.e. very active, little sleep, stress, etc. As always, though, I stay mindful and navigate accordingly. 

So, what is the reason for keeping my “finger on the pulse” when it comes to my nutrition? I, definitely, do not want to get myself into a situation where I am STARVING and, before I know it, I have had one too many pieces of cheese, overindulged in all the starchy, comfort foods, or even had my fair share of sweets.

It’s a little strategic planning mixed with flexibility to still enjoy (and sample) all the yummy foods this time of year brings. I know this sounds REALLY cliche, and I know this expression is widely used BUT I admit…”fail to plan, plan to fail.” Yes, I said it. Ha!

hummusplatterBesides my <3 of the grape (ahem, all ‘da wine), one of my go-to mini meals is freshly made hummus with an assortment of raw vegetables. Not only am I getting a healthy dose of protein, fiber, and healthy fats BUT I am working my way towards my daily goal of 9 servings of vegetables. 

While convenience is, yes, always nice, especially when you have a bajillion things on your to-do list, I highly recommend you making from scratch. This way you know EXACTLY what you are consuming! I know there are a ton of brands, varieties, and options to choose from at your local grocery store but MOST of them are chock full of ingredients you cannot even pronounce and, frankly, turn this healthy snack into a not so healthy one. It’s all about being that food label detective!

If you do want to try your hand at a homemade variety, here is a FABULOUS recipe to make over the Holiday’s. It is SO GOOD you may even feel a bit guilty…BUT DON’T! While apples taste the best with it, I have tried raw veggies such as celery and carrots to offset the sweetness. Served in a cute mason jar, this makes for a wonderful hostess gift too! 🙂 Enjoy!

xoxo

Chocolate Peanut Butter Hummus

Serves 6

Courtesy of Hummusapien & Simple Truth, and adapted by 2 Health Nuts

Ingredients:
1, 15oz can of organic chickpeas, drained and very well rinsed
1/4 cup all-natural, organic preferable, creamy peanut butter 
1/4 cup pure, all natural maple syrup
3 tbsp, unsweetened, vanilla almond milk (Almond Breeze, Silk, Wegmans, Whole Foods 365)
2 tbsp, unsweetened, cocoa powder (Dagoba Organic Chocolate)
2 tsp, pure, organic preferable, vanilla extract 

Directions:
1. Drain chickpeas and rinse well. Combine all ingredients in a large food processor.
2. Blend for a full 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and blend a bit longer, or until very smooth.
2. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving (overnight is best)!

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