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Celebrate With Healthy Foods This Christmas

Celebrate With Healthy Foods This Christmas

Healthy food can be fun and yummy!

One big bonus of enjoying healthy food is it helps prevent your immune system from crashing with a flu or cold. Every year flus and colds peak after the holiday season. Let’s not be one of those statistics.

Another bonus is you may actually lose weight instead of gaining it!

What will keep you healthy and strong during the holiday season?

Healthy food can be fun and good looking!

1. Eat Real Food! Our bodies were designed to digest real food.

Real Food is whole food in its most natural state. It is unprocessed or with very little processing. Real food does not need a label or fancy packaging. A lemon is a lemon. An onion is an onion. Real Food is a whole food that is life sustaining and nourishing. “My passion is to help everyone get real food into their bodies!”¯

A healthy salad is often ruined by drenching it with a highly processed salad dressing from the super market that is filled with artificial flavorings, colorings, preservatives and sugar. Here is an easy healthy alternative.

Lemon Avocado Salad Dressing -- make it in minutes.

Avocado Lemon Salad Dressing

This is so delicious on a salad and leftover dressing will last refrigerated for a few days.
This is from our 2-5-30 Healthy Diet Training.

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup Avocado
1 large tomato
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp stevia

Directions:

  1. Blend oil, stevia and salt.
  2. Add lemon juice, gradually blending till smooth.
  3. Add water and blend till smooth.
  4. Chop avocado and tomato and mix in with olive oil/lemon juice mixture.

NOTE: If there is a link on any ingredient in a recipe — it takes you to the the many powerful health benefits of that particular food. Some foods are so healthy we call them Powerfoods. Follow the link to that Powerfood to discover many little-known benefits and facts.

2. Replace refined sugars with healthy sugars

I love sweets. As a child I was addicted to white sugar causing many health problems. Lots of refined sugar weakens the immune system making you vulnerable to developing chronic conditions. All that store bought cranberry sauce is full of sugar. It is simple to make your own and so much healthier.

Refined Sugar-Free Healthy Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients:

1 Package whole, organic cranberries (fresh, not frozen)
1 Organic Apple, cored and chopped
1 Cup Apple juice
1/4 Cup Organic, Brown Rice Syrup
1 tsp liquid Stevia
Pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients into a sauce pan and let simmer for a few minutes.
  2. Remove and let cool.
  3. Taste and add more Stevia or Brown Rice Syrup if you like it sweeter.

 

3. Drink Healthy Beverages!

Drink 6 – 8 cups of clean water daily. It ‘s energy-draining to be dehydrated and causes you to eat more than you should. Alcohol is also dehydrating and taxing on the immune system.

Do you want to drink a tasty and healthy drink at your holiday party? Try this alcohol-free punch. When I first served it, people at my parties would start acting like they had just enjoyed alcohol (even though this punch is not spiked!). In their experience, party punches always had had alcohol in it — and they thought this one did too!

Festive Fruit Punch -- it tastes as good as it looks.

Festive Fruit Punch

Enjoy this tasty non-alcoholic and energizing drink. After it’s made, you can toast to good health.

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen organic strawberries
2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
2 Tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 mint tea bags
1 hibiscus tea bag
1 liter sparkling spring water
1/4 tsp – 1/2 tsp Liquid Stevia to taste

For Garnish
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 cup frozen organic raspberries
Handful fresh mint leaves

Directions:

  1. Make 2 cups of tea with mint and hibiscus tea bags (let steep for 10 minutes).
  2. Blend strawberries, orange juice and lemon juice on liquefy speed (high speed) for approximately 1-2 minutes or until all ingredients are well-blended.
  3. Add tea and blend.
  4. Pour juice into punch bowl or a pitcher.
  5. Mix in sparkling water and stevia to taste.
  6. Add orange slices, lemon slices, frozen raspberries and mint leaves.
  7. Enjoy.

I wish you all a very happy and joyous holiday season. Remember to eat lots of vegetables!

Our Christmas gift to all members of Real Food For Life site – my secret recipe for Pecan Shortbread Cookies.
These shortbread cookies are gluten free and contain only healthy ingredients. This is normally only available for those in my Gluten Free Baking Course but you get it just by subscribing to our weekly health newsletter by following this link: Real Food For Life Health Tips and Recipes

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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11:06PM PST on Jan 5, 2014

Thank you :)

11:05PM PST on Jan 5, 2014

Thank you :)

11:04PM PST on Jan 5, 2014

Thank you :)

10:13PM PST on Dec 24, 2013

thanks

2:48PM PST on Dec 24, 2013

I'm not cooking but thanks for the article anyway.

9:59AM PST on Dec 24, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

9:29AM PST on Dec 24, 2013

Eating a diet that is rich in colorful fruits and vegetables can change your mood, energy, and spirits. I'm trying to lose weight for Christmas with the lemon juice diet. http://www.bestjuicedietrecipes.com/juice-diet-recipes/apple-diet/

10:04PM PST on Dec 23, 2013

Thanks ;)

9:09PM PST on Dec 23, 2013

thanks

from Yogananda:

"Make it a point to include the following items in your daily diet. Distribute the items over breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but do not omit any of them. You may, of course, eat other foods, but following this diet will insure that the body receives the sixteen elements it requires for sustenance.

l. A carrot (unscraped but thoroughly washed). Chew it well. Nature made it hard to strengthen your teeth by chewing.

2. A lemon (an antiseptic for the body—use in the morning).

3. An orange.

4. An apple.

5. A glass of almond milk or any nut milk (Grind two tablespoonfuls of nuts thoroughly and mix with water).

6. Chopped fresh green-leafed vegetables—spinach or lettuce are good.

7. Unsulphured dates and raisins—one handful daily.

8. Whole wheat bread, fresh cheese, a glass of milk, or one or two boiled eggs are beneficial if you do hard manual labor."
http://www.anandaclaritymagazine.com/2005/09/yogananda-diet-meditation-food/
(i prefer spelt to wheat by the way)
not medical advice just a headsup for you to use your intuition your good judgement your trusted medical adviser about what to do with this info

8:58PM PST on Dec 23, 2013

TY

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