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:
- Raw, unsalted nuts
- A fruit of choice
- Snacking veg (baby tomatoes, celery, cucumber or carrots) & hummus
- 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.
Roasted Chickpeas Recipe
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Serves: 1 ½ cups
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Paprika, curry powder, or other spices (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread the chickpeas on a kitchen towel and pat them dry. Remove any loose skins.
- Transfer the dried chickpeas to the baking sheet and toss them with a drizzle of olive oil and generous pinches of salt.
- 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!
- Remove from the oven and, while the chickpeas are still warm, toss with pinches of your favorite spices, if using.
- 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.