Giving the Gift of Good Health

You have made it past the most infamous day of overeating of the year, Thanksgiving. Whether you gained 5 pounds in 5 days or managed to stay on track over the long holiday weekend, tremendous hurtles are before you. On average, Americans gain between 5 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Rather than throw in the towel and pull up a chair to the refrigerator, consider making this holiday season one that bestows the gifts of good health to both yourself and the people around you. This can be done simply by sharing healthy recipes, creative snack ideas, and delicious finds that make you feel festive inside and out! Try Coffee-mate sugar free Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer for a 15 calorie holiday treat, or KIND Madagascar Vanilla Almond bar which has only 4 grams of sugar and an impressive 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein. For another easy guilt-free snack try Quaker Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares in convenient single serving snack packs. Even better, share a seasonal recipe like the one below that I encountered on a recent trip to the Leelanau Peninsula. Let your New Years resolutions start now by embracing being healthy each and every day.
Sweet Potato Bisque
• 2 large carrots, peeled and cut
• 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut (large pieces)
• 1 small onion cut into 8 wedges
• 1 T olive oil
• 4 cups vegetable broth
• 1 t finely grated fresh ginger
• ¼ t salt
• ¼ t finely ground black pepper
1. Combine carrots, sweet potato, and onion on a sheet pan; drizzle with oil, toss to coat. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender and just beginning to brown, stirring after 15 minutes.
2. Place vegetables, broth and ginger in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; bring to a boil.
3. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
4. Place vegetable mixture in a blender with center piece of blender lid removed to let out steam. Cover opening in blender lid with clean towel to avoid splatters. Blend until smooth.