Healthy Options for Your Holiday Stockings
Looking for unique and healthy Holiday Stockings options? If you want to stay away from the usual sugar-filled options this holiday season, check out these healthy treats!
Items in this food roundup are featured in the Powered by Mom Holiday Gift Guide. Check out our Gift Guide HERE.
Spice Up Your Recipes
The folks at Simply Beyond have created a line of organic Spray-On Spices that are so much fun. Use the yummy fall flavors to enhance baked goods, coffee, pancakes, oatmeal, fruit – just use your imagination! I’ve been looking to switch from my usual coffee creamer to something healthier and I think I’ve found just the thing. Instead of using a flavored creamer that contains too much sugar and synthetic ingredients, I have started using these spray-on spices with a splash of almond milk every day.
For the Man In Your Life
You need to give Meatcrafters Skinny Salamis a try this year when thinking about a treat for the man in your life, or anyone who is on the go and needs a quick snack. These salamis are slow-cured in small batches using antibiotic and hormone free meats including beef, lamb, and pork. Each serving (two salamis) is 90 calories or less and contains up to 12 grams of protein. For me, these salamis really helped the 3 pm slump I feel most days. Also, as a mom, it’s helpful to have quick snacks (that aren’t carb heavy) the kids can munch on when we’re on the go.
A New Take on Mexican Cuisine
Forget your idea of what Mexican food should be and pick up this cookbook from Maru Davila, a Harvard educated weight loss coach, chef, and integrative nutrition coach. Typically, Mexican food here in the US contains unhealthy fats, carbs, and oils, but this cookbook provides new, healthy options for the lover of Mexican cuisine. Over the past year or so, I have radically changed my diet due to some health issues and have learned how to make smart food choices for myself, and for my family. Our modern day diet has led many to become overweight and sick. This book is a remedy to these issues and will get you thinking about just how important your daily food choices contribute to your overall health.
The first half of this book focuses on Maru’s health journey and contains a wealth of knowledge about what foods we should leave out of our diet, and most importantly, what foods need to be added in order to live happier healthier lives. A printable version of her S.M.A.R.T and S.T.U.P.I.D ingredients can be found HERE. Everyone is so busy these days which is why I can appreciate the menu with a week’s worth of options included in this cookbook.
If you or someone in your life has been struggling with health issues (stomach problems, chronic disease, food sensitivities, mood disorders, inflammation, etc.), or just needs an update to the usual weekday dinner, I highly recommend her book. For breakfast, I tried out the Vanilla Chia Pudding (YUM) and for dinner, we had the Beef Adobo (REALLY YUM). For next week, I think I’ll try her Mexican-Style Chicken Soup and the Black Bean Hummus.
Pictured: Beef Adobo (white rice is not a part of the recipe as Maru recommends staying away from these “white foods”
If you’re a Shark Tank fan, you may remember Charlotte Clary and Bev Vines-Haines from season four (check out the short video here). They have developed Ice Chips, the “good for you candy” that is sugar-free and comes in a variety of flavors. If you find you don’t like a particular flavor, they have a great return policy and will let you try out another for free. If you are diabetic, or just trying to stay away from sugar, try this sweet treat!