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The Ultimate Guide to Festive Eating

What’s in the word FESTIVE? Here’s your guide to a healthy holiday season.

TASH360 promises a 360 approach. 365 days of the year. So, yes, this means that we’re here to support you in your HOLIDAY HABITS too!

We’re firm believers of the 80/20 rule – 80% clean living & 20% indulgence. Learn how to live out the 80/20 tactic this holiday. It’s time to get FESTIVE!

F – Figure out your holiday-proof plan

Firstly: NEVER shop hungry this season. Hunger causes us to deviate from our shopping list & tempts us to fall for the treats in the teller’s aisle. Keep to the shopping list to ensure that your fridge is always stocked with whole, real food.

Fix a veggie dish & offer to take it to the next gathering that you’re invited to. This way, you know that there will always be a healthy option on the table.

Feed yourself before attending the next party – arriving at a get-together ravenous & then sipping on a glass of bubbles will inevitably give you the dreaded ‘munchies’. There’s no need to have a whole meal before leaving home, but a healthy snack can go a long way to keep the ‘munchies’ at bay.

E – Enjoy clean drinking

Ensure that you stay hydrated. Drink a glass of water between each alcoholic beverage to slow down alcohol consumption and prevent the nasty hangover! Try coconut water or bone broth as a natural way to get in those electrolytes.  

Enjoy herbal teas on the reg. They’re a great way to keep ‘gut stong’. Sip on peppermint, ginger or fennel tea to further hydrate and support digestion.

            Explore our guide to clean drinking below!

S – Stay snack savvy

Strategy is key when it comes to ‘finger food’-type meals. Have a snacking strategy: use a small plate, start by snacking on the veg options, and eat SLOWLY.

Stick to pre-prepping so that there’s always a decent snack option in your beach bag. Here are some easy, quick-fix snack options:

  1. Raw, unsalted nuts
  2. A fruit of choice
  3. Snacking veg (baby tomatoes, celery, cucumber or carrots) & hummus
  4. Popcorn
  5. Roasted chickpeas (see recipe below)

T – Take time to move

Try to get those walking (or dancing – depending on how festive you like to get) shoes on daily. 30 minutes/day is your goal. We’re holding you to it! 

Train yourself to move after each meal. Research shows that a 10-minute walk post-eating may assist in lowering blood sugar levels effectively. It will prevent you from hitting the ‘food coma’ state (which we all know too well). 

I – Incorporate mindful eating

Infiltrate mindfulness into your eating routine. It takes your brain approximately 20 minutes to signal to your body that you’re full. Eat, wait… & then decide on a second helping. Instill gratitude into your thinking. Holiday meals are the perfect time to stop & give thanks for rest, fun, and family & friends.

V – Vouch for veggies, no matter what

Vow to get in adequate veg. If there is one thing to take away from this: aim to eat 3 handfuls of dark, green leafys daily. Verge on the side of too much veg, rather than too little. Ensure 50% of every main meal consists of non-starchy vegetables.

E – Eat what you LOVE!

Emit the guilt – give it no room to hinder your enjoyment. Choose your fave dessert & enjoy it in moderation. Make your 20% truly count!

Disclaimer: The post-holiday slump is a thing – too much alcohol & good food causes your body to build up toxins, which leaves you feeling fatigued & heavy. Start the New Year with an evidence-based, effective detox eating plan with our Nutritionist, Steph.

Because anything’s possible in life when you look & FEEL your best

Dr Vanessa Lapiner, Founder of TASH360.

Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Serves: 1 ½ cups

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Sea salt

Paprika, curry powder, or other spices (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spread the chickpeas on a kitchen towel and pat them dry. Remove any loose skins.
  3. Transfer the dried chickpeas to the baking sheet and toss them with a drizzle of olive oil and generous pinches of salt.
  4. Roast the chickpeas for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Ovens can vary, if your chickpeas are not crispy enough, keep going until they are!
  5. Remove from the oven and, while the chickpeas are still warm, toss with pinches of your favorite spices, if using.
  6. Store roasted chickpeas in a loosely-covered container at room temperature. They are best used within two days.

*For those who have an airfryer: air fry @ 200 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.

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