Eat This, Not That! (Christmas Edition)

If you’re average, you’re gonna gain about 7 pounds between now and the first of the year. Meaning, unless you asked Santa to bring you a new wardrobe in a bigger size, you’d better watch out and here’s why!! All those little added extras all add up. So this holiday, stick with whole foods that are minimally processed. Why? Because when you eat real food, you feel and look real good. Let’s shake up a few holiday classics with a healthy YouAnew style!

Eat Chia Pudding NOT Rice Pudding: Rice pudding is traditionally made from nutrient-free white rice, cream and sugar. Chia is loaded with plant-based protein, omega-3 fats, fiber, calcium and manganese. Add a little rice or almond milk to chia seeds and voila you’ve got a pudding that easy, healthy and tastes great.

Eat Whipped Coconut Milk NOT Whipped Cream: Skip the canister whip! Most of the stuff you spray’s got corn syrup solids, sugar, sorbitol, artificial flavors, and polysorbate 80 (don’t ever eat numbers!). You can totally whip your own. Take cold full fat organic coconut milk and whip away.

Eat Snickerdoodle Larabar NOT Snickerdoodle Cookies: Traditional snickerdoodle cookies are loaded with sugar, corn syrup solids, hydrogenated oils (trans-fats), and butter. Swap a cookie for a Larabar! These fabulous treats have only 6 natural ingredients: dates, cashews, almonds, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla.

Eat Crispy Brown Rice Treats NOT Kellog’s Rice Krispies Treats: Steer clear of those high fructose filled Rice Krispies and junky marshmallows and try Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice and Suzanne’s Ricemellow Creme instead.

Eat Cocoa and Yogurt Covered Strawberries NOT Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Strawberries are a rocking superfood but when you cover ’em with fat and sugar filled chocolate syrup, you negate that healthy effect! Try covering those fabulous berries with cocoa and yogurt. Get all the sophistication without any of the adulteration.

Bottom line, healthy doesn’t have to be hard! Make simple swaps that will make all the difference. Change Your Meals, Change Your Life.

Have a Healthy and Merry Christmas!

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Nutrition Expert, Organic Foodie, Health Enthusiast, Doctor and Creator/Owner of YouAnew Lifestyle Nutrition. I know it's totally possible to change your life by changing your meals. Get to know Dr Kristen Bentson | instagram | facebook | pinterest | google+