Today’s guest post is from nutritionist Meryl Pritchard, founder of Kore Kitchen, a curated and nutritionally designed, meal delivery and cleanse offering service based in Los Angeles. Meryl is sharing her tips for healthy holiday eating and one of her green apple pie smoothie (recipe below).
A HEALTHY HOLIDAY SEASON
1. Start your day with warm water and lemon.
You’ve probably heard of this morning ritual for cleansing or detoxing, but it is great to do on a daily basis and especially before eating a large meal or heading to a party with random food. This tonic helps wake up and kickstart your digestive system so that it is fully functioning by the time you decide to dump a bunch of food into it. This will help you stay energized, and not feel lethargic immediately after eating.
2. Eat before heading out.
I recommend always having an easily digestible and energizing breakfast such as a superfood smoothie, which will hold you over until lunchtime. If you avoid eating a breakfast so that you can eat more at lunch or dinner, you most likely will be starving by the time you actually sit down to eat which will result in eating quickly and overindulging. Also, eating beforehand allows you to skip the appetizer or cocktail round of a holiday party. This way you can save yourself from eating extra empty calories, and free up your mouth so that you can talk to your relatives and friends.
3. Bring your favorite dish to share.
If you bring a healthy dish, you don’t have to worry about not having a healthy option, and will be able to share it with the most important people in your life who will also benefit from it. Win win.
4. Eat slowly and chew your food.
Eating slowly will help you feel full faster, and thoroughly chewing your food will improve your ability to digest it.
5. Be mindful of portions.
Don’t let your eyes get bigger than your stomach. Start with small portions, knowing that you can always go back for more if you’re still hungry. Most likely if it’s on your plate you’re going to eat it, but if it’s not on your plate you can’t eat it. The french way of eating is enjoying rich foods in smaller amounts. So instead of completely avoiding delicious dishes that only come around once a year, just take a smaller amount and really savor each bite of that dish instead of feeling guilty. Food is a sensorial experience and is meant to be enjoyed.
6. Be grateful.
The holidays are about getting together with your loved ones, and being grateful. Take a moment to remind yourself what you’re grateful for. When you are grateful and mindful, you have an awareness that results in treating yourself, your body, and those around you better.
For those of you who aren’t in Los Angeles and still want to try Kore Kitchen, here’s one of their most popular smoothies.
GREEN APPLE PIE SMOOTHIE by Kore Kitchen
Serving size: 2-3 smoothies
2-3 cups almond milk depending on how thick you want it, you can always add more at the end
2 apples – cored
1 large handful of kale, spinach, or any dark leafy green you have in your fridge
1 tsp spirulina
1 tbsp chia
1 handful raw walnuts
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 medjool dates
1 tsp vanilla powder or extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 serving protein powder of your choice, we use Epic protein’s vanilla lucuma flavor
Handful of ice
If you need additional sweeter, use stevia to taste.
Blend and Enjoy!
How do you stay healthy through the holidays? Sticking to a routine, which includes moving our bodies every day, always helps. Tell us your tips in the comments below.
Try more of our smoothies here.