The holidays are packed with activities, fun and food; lots and lots of food. Try as we may, those tempting treats seem to catch our eye (and taste buds) at every turn. Of course, you should indulge a bit! But you need to also stay in balance as much as possible during this time of year, so be sure to eat healthy at home, get plenty of rest and try not to go overboard attending every single party or eating way more than necessary.
Many times we are asked to bring a dish along to a gathering, so for your contribution consider bringing a healthier and/or stress-free option. Here are some ideas for you!
* Fruit Salad is so wonderful, no matter the time or year; it is a great addition to any buffet. Make it festive by adding in colorful pomegranate seeds. Give it some crunch by topping with almond slices or pistachios.
* On a round platter, create a wreath with broccoli florets, face the small stems toward the center of the plate and keep adding florets to cover the stems. Add a few cherry tomatoes for a festive ornamental touch, and maybe even a red pepper bow. Leave space in the middle for dip, my suggestion is hummus. Traditional hummus is always yummy, but you can spice it up a bit by adding in red pepper flakes or try a cilantro and lime juice mix.
* Warm up your guests with a special coffee or tea. To your coffee grinds or loose tea add in orange peel (found in the spice isle), cinnamon and star anise. Alternately, you can place this mixture in a pretty glass jar, top it with a bow and you have a hostess gift!
* Here is a stress free holiday goodie! All you need are 3 ingredients and a few mintues. On a cookie tray arrange rows of small pretzels, top each with an unwrapped Hershey Kiss and bake for 2 minutes in a pre-heated 350 degree oven. Top each with a mint flavored M&M, look for the M&Ms with Christmas decorations stamped on top; bells, trees, etc. Allow to cool and enjoy!
Now it’s your turn! What lightning quick, stress-free and/or healthy holiday recipes ideas do you have to share with us?