Turmeric is a spice that I don’t cook with often enough! It is a super spice loaded with anti-inflammatory health benefits. Turmeric is often used in Indian cooking and has a bold yellow color with warm flavor! Since we are focusing on food inspired by travel this month for Healthy Food Friday’s, I thought this super-spice would make the perfect addition!
Turmeric is known to be a natural anti-inflammatory. So when my mom’s arthritis started acting up I knew I wanted to find some simple ways to incorporate Turmeric into meals. Adding it into smoothies, tossing with roasted veggies, and adding the spice into my egg scrambles or frittatas are my favorites!
To go along with this super-spice… a super smoothie!
Family gatherings, office parties, travel and weekend get-togethers with friends and family are part of the fun of the holidays, but the pressure of gifts, time spent traveling and family tensions can also cause extra stress this time of year. Finding different way to de-stress and stay healthy this time of year can help you get through the hustle and bustle (and even enjoy it!)
Here are ten ways to stay healthy, happy, and stress-free as we bid goodbye to 2013.
1. They may not mesh with your holiday décor, but leave vitamins out on the counter over the holidays so you’ll be sure to take them. Make a full night’s sleep and steady hydration a priority as well.
2. Know your holiday stress points & plan ahead: make lists, start your holiday shopping early and decide on your party menu’s in advance. Doing things at the last minute increases anxiety.
3. Schedule time to relax: make time to get a massage or even just to lounge around the house.
4. Snack wisely: If you’re heading to a party in the evening, make a snack plan. Hold off during the day, or decide not to indulge during the event.
5. Prevent overeating: don’t go hungry to a party! Have something to eat before you head out the door. You’ll be less likely to pig out at the buffet table when you get to the party.
6. Keep it movin’! Whether you are in a hotel, staying with friends or family, or spending the holidays at home; make being active a habit. Take advantage of hotel gyms and pools, suggest a post-lunch or halftime walk (particularly good when visiting friends and family: “show me your neighborhood!”), or stick to your weekly fitness classes at home.
7. Balance your holiday plate: At this time of year, simple carbs and high calorie foods rule the roost. Rebel! Come down heavy on the veggie and fruit side of things so you can earn a little taste of something from the desert platter. Also – go easy on the sauce (you never need as much as you think) and watch your portion size!
8. Bringing a holiday dessert to the party? Modify your recipes and cook up a healthier option with sugar alternatives like honey or coconut sugar – or opt for a non-food gift.
9. If you’re hitting the road, pack smart. Bring healthy snacks with you – the menu at the gas station is pretty heavy on salt and sugar – and don’t forget your running sneakers.
10. Indulge, but in moderation! Have your piece of cake…just don’t have five. Go in knowing you plan on indulging in one extra appetizer or a single helping of your favorite dessert and stick to it.
One final point on the dietary front: the confidence boost you’ll get from making a plan and sticking to it will far outweigh the momentary rush you get from downing that extra brownie and then dealing with the guilt afterwards. And you’ll establish a pattern that will set you up for a healthy year to come!
I was selected by American Express as to help educate consumers about how to use Membership Rewards points. As such I was paid for my services, but all gift choices selected and opinions about the gifts and American Express are my own. http://t.cmp.ly/68ee5b1be62ebaeb5a
How do you stay healthy and stress-free during the holidays and going into the new year?
What a year it has been! In 2013 I made a decision to start Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (just a short 7 months ago). LCK is my little baby. It has brought so much fulfillment to my life. To start, it has brought me all of you! Who I love to interact with daily; everything from diet changes, happy moments, illnesses, life obstacles, healthy habits, ideas, motivation, and so much more. It’s truly amazing how much you guys give, and I will continue to give back to you as much as I can. I love the positive energy and little world that surrounds Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. It has brought opportunities I never would have excepted, along with friends I never would have made. It is truly my passion and I love learning and growing with it every day.
And now, 24 reader-favorites (and a few of my own favorites)!
I had the opportunity to work with some great brands this year to bring healthy recipes and healthy clean eating tips to you all. You can see my American Express #PointsForPresents work here and other features here!
Series on LCK that began in 2013:
Bring it on 2014! Do you make New Years Resolutions? I set goals and evaluate them monthly, so the New Year, to me, in the perfect time to set some new goals, evaluate old ones, and stick to them. I type out my goals and keep them under my glass perfume tray that I stand in front of every morning (a little much? Maybe).
Health & Fitness Goals:
Work on my flexibility & balance
Figure out what essential vitamins my body needs and fuel it
Be Consistent with my workouts and try out some new ones
Keep a balanced and stress-free mindset
I’d love, of course, to see LCK grow even more in 2014! I look forward to working with big brands to bring recipes and clean eating/healthy living tips to the web-world! Ultimately I love when you guys make and use my recipes to help you and your families achieve your goals, and I look forward to continuing that and more into the new year.
Personal Life Goals:
Stay organized at work and at home!
Be extra neat and tidy
Connect with old friends on a more daily basis
I’d love your suggestions on what recipes you’d like to see on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen in 2014! What are your New Years Resolutions? What was your favorite LCK recipe of 2013?
I am a true believer in self reflection. I think it is so important to step back and think about how you want to grow as a person; set goals, follow through, and reflect often. What motivates you? What drives you each and every day? What empowersyou? I found this video so powerful and so moving that I felt I just had to share it with you all, and share my 5 ways to be empowered each day.
I walked away from the computer screen thinking, how can I make a meaningful difference in my life, and in the lives of others on a daily basis? So, here are my five ways to feel empowered every day, inspired by Anne’s story.
For many people the weekends can often mean a break from your usual diet and fitness routine. It’s definitely much easier during a busy work week to stay on schedule, exercise, and eat healthy; then when the weekend comes to let it all go. But, don’t let one weekend ruin your goals and your whole week of great habits! Be aware of where you will be tempted to indulge, and plan around it. Now, go enjoy your weekend and see these tips on American Express’ Tumblr!
Swap the juice detox for a soup detox this season! I call this Chicken and Kale Soup my detox soup because it is light, healthy, and packed with anti-inflammatory vegetables that are easy on the digestive system!
The fiber from the veggies combined with the protein from the chicken makes this such a filling meal for any day of the week!
Mike and I recently came back from a weekend in New York, where we were visiting my family and our friends! It was a truly great weekend! After a weekend of eating out, drinking, and changing up my daily exercise routine though, my body definitely needed a boost.
I started this week off right with these 8 key steps:
Along with the list above, Mike and I decided that we needed a simple and light dinner tonight! This soup is now one of my go-to’s when I feel that I need to detox for a day! I love that every ingredient in this soup is from my local farm! It is also so simple to throw together!
This soup is now one of my go-to’s when I feel that I need to detox for a day! I love that every ingredient is from my local farm and that it takes less than 30 minutes to make! Simply toss all of the ingredients in a pot, simmer for 15 minutes and BOOM. Soup complete with limited clean-up!
This soup is also perfect to warm up on with a cold and rainy day!
Low-glycemic, paleo-friendly, egg-free, dairy-free, and Whole30 compliant! Feel free to spice this soup up a bit and add in extra spices! I love adding ginger, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes! Both lemon and ginger are known to aid in digestion and add such great flavor to the soup!
Bring to a boil over high heat. Turn heat down to low and let simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
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