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Healthy Holidays

Slow Down-Remember to make quality time for yourself. This includes regular exercise. Exercise can be a key to positive physical and mental health. Slow down while eating. Enjoy your food and the company around you. This also gives your body time to register when it is full and can limit overindulgences. Slowing down can also bring more peace to the body and mind during times that bring anxiety.

Healthy Eating-Over indulgence during the holidays can lead to decreased mental and physical health. Be the person that brings a vegetable tray to the party or a healthy vegetable-based dish. Fill up on fresh vegetables and water instead of the unhealthy items. Create a balance and eat the unhealthy options in moderation. Try a new healthy version of an old family favorite dish.

Manage Stress-The holidays can bring stress and depression for many people. Be kind to yourself, find support and get plenty of rest.

After an overindulgence, try this detoxifying Lemon Turmeric Flush

Serves 2-No equipment necessary

  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Lemon, squeezed
  • ½ tsp Ground Tumeric
  • ¼ tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional but a good blood detoxifier)
  • 1/8 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Honey or Real Maple Syrup

Combine all ingredients. Best in the A.M.

Try this Vegan Apple Crisp as an alternative dessert.

Serves 10



  • 8 Medium-large apples
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar (or cane sugar)
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp arrowroot starch or cornstarch
  • ¼ cup fresh apple juice (or water)
  • ¾ tsp fresh grated ginger
  • Pinch nutmeg


  • 1-cup gluten free rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour (or sub gluten free all-purpose)
  • ½ cup coconut sugar (or cane sugar)
  • ½-cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Peel apples, quarter, remove cores, and thinly slice.

Add to a large mixing bowl and top with remaining filling ingredients. Toss to combine. Add to a 9 x 13 baking dish.

In a bowl, combine the topping ingredients. Stir to combine. Use fingers to break down any clumps of sugar. Pour over apples in an even layer.

Bake for 50 minutes uncovered or until the filling is bubbly, the apples are very fork tender and the topping is deep golden brown.

Let rest before serving.

Enjoy the holidays!

Krista Garand - Nutrition Services Coordinator

Wellness Committee

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