Month: December 2015

Our Favorite Healthy Recipes For The Holidays

If you’re like me, you love showing up to gatherings with a well thought-out, lovingly-prepared dish. Whether it’s sweet or savory, appetizer or entrée, you want to wow the crowd.

Of course, it’s not always that easy. First, aside from the professional chefs, it’s difficult to make the time it takes to put together a killer recipe! From shopping for produce to chopping it up, it can take hours to put even a “simple” dip together.

Then, there’s the task of figuring out whether a recipe actually matches your skill level. Do I need to go out and buy artisanal olives from the highest mountains of Peru for this “simple” recipe? How much cheesecloth did this recommend? Brine my chicken in what?!

Lastly — and for many of us, most importantly — we want to make healthy recipes. We want to make sure our own health needs our being met while catering to our gluten-free cousins and our newly vegan neighbours.

Healthy Recipes Can Be Simple, Too

Putting together healthy recipes without sacrificing our time and our sanity can be a tough task, but don’t fret — this year, we scoured the Internet to put together this quick reference list so you can eat healthily and heartily all through the holidays.

Super Quick Pumpkin Dip 

Pumpkin Dip with Apples and Cookies

Image credit: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski

This delicious concoction only requires six ingredients.  Using low-fat cream cheese instead of the full-fat variety lands this on our list of healthy recipes. Serve this before, during, or after the meal; it pairs wonderfully with fruits, meats, and pastries!

You can cut the calories even further by using a Truvia blend instead of brown sugar, and swap agave for maple syrup if you’re looking for something a little more blood-sugar friendly.

Indian Spinach-and-Chickpea Fritters

Image courtesy of Food Network.

From start to finish, these little crisps only take 35 minutes to make. Surprise your guests and family with a new texture and flavor by serving up some chickpea fritters this year!

These fritters work well warm or cold, plain or with sauce, so they’re a wonderfully versatile snack to whip up and take with you.

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Crispy Bacon Vinagrette

Photo: Ellen Silverman; Styling: Toni Brogan

Don’t be the one to bring an iceberg lettuce to the party this year. Add some zest and some crunch with this crispy salad. Each element of the dish adds a different flavor profile — some bitterness from the sprouts, savory bacon, and sweet pecans.

The recipe says it makes eight servings but you’ll probably have to double it because everyone will go back for seconds.

Warm Brie with Fig and Pistachio Tapenade

Brie served with crackers and fruits

Image courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Cheese can accompany pretty much any meal for any season. This warm brie gets festive with a figgy topping.

Serve with fruits and crackers as an appetizer or as a dessert; the sweet and savory mixture makes it work both ways!

Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Cashew and Pineapples

Image courtesy of FastPaleo

If this isn’t the perfect recipe, I don’t know what is. A mouth-watering combination of sweet and savory, soft and chewy, with just enough crunch from the almonds.

This low-carb recipe will keep you energized if you serve it as an appetizer, but it’s also hearty enough to pile a bunch of these dates on a plate and call it a meal.

 

Share Your Healthy Recipes With Us!

What flavors get you through the holidays without breaking your health commitments? How do you stay sane without sacrificing too much time? Let us know — shoot us an email, leave us a comment here or on Facebook!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Darcy Doggett Massage and Bodywork!

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This client hadn’t intended to become a regular; she was originally planning on coming in maybe once or twice a year for some bodywork and then getting on with her game. However, now she incorporates massage into her weekly routine.

She told me that since sports massage became part of her regular routine, reaching her goals has become an easier task. She’s improved her game in several areas, overcome injuries, and been motivated to continue training. Massage has helped her revive tired muscles and stimulate recovery in overworked areas so that she could always keep striving.

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For full-time athletes and weekend warriors alike, massage is an amazing tool that can help you reach milestones in your training and regularly boost your performance. When I was training for RAGBRAI (a 700+ mile bike ride across Iowa), I incorporated sports massage into my routine so I could improve my flexibility, range of motion, and endurance.

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