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19 Dec Plant-Strong Holiday Survival – Day 1

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From now through the New Year we will be helping you survive the holidays and keep things plant-strong!

Eat before you go!

You are about to head out to Aunt Mildred’s anual Holiday “Eat till you drop” party. Aunt Mildred LOVES to cook and she remembers how much you used to love fried cheesecake and her famous deep fried bacon wrapped ham bits. Aunt Mildred aims to please, and you haven’t told her that you’ve traded bacon in for kale and cheesecake for bananas.

So what to do? You really love seeing the family, but you don’t know if you’ll be able to say no to all of the Holiday death-traps treats.

One simple thing you can do is to eat before you go. It is a simple strategy, but an effective one. Be sure to fill up before you head over to temptation city. Have a nice hearty meal filled with whole grains, vegetables and beans.  For dessert have something sweet, like a bowl of strawberries before you are met with the charming, but deceptive smile of dear Aunt Mildred.

This strategy is a must if Aunt Mildred becomes upset if you dare to bring your own food. Be sure to compliment her on how nice the house looks and how great every thing smells, and distract her from the fact that you are not eating every thing in sight.

Have a plan, before you head to your Holiday events! If you are not sure you will be able to keep things plant-strong, have a bite to eat before you go, when you get there scout out the veggie and fruit trays and fill your glass with water!

And as for Aunt Mildred? Maybe you should give her a copy of Engine 2 this year.

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Natala Constantine
  • Carly
    Posted at 17:49h, 19 December

    Will keep this in mind:) Would love some snack/food ideas for toddlers, also, any chance of getting a video of Rip’s kitchen/fridge? Have been trying to eat this way and am finding it hard to store all the greens and food properly so they will stay fresh 🙂

    • Wendy (Healthy Girl's Kitchen)
      Posted at 17:58h, 19 December

      Carly-I find that using those Debby Meyers (?) Green Bags works incredibly well to store veggies for a long time. Ziplock is now making green bags too!

      • Carly
        Posted at 11:29h, 20 December

        Thanks for the tip! Can’t wait to try 🙂

  • Wendy (Healthy Girl's Kitchen)
    Posted at 18:00h, 19 December

    fried cheesecake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Loved that visual!!!!!!!

  • jan bonnivier
    Posted at 20:42h, 19 December

    Good to be reminded that this is a hard time of year with not just visiting but I have so many well meaning clients bring in their wonderful homemade goodies. The temptations are endless! I just thank them and I am appreciative of their thoughts and efforts. Then later I pass them out to my co-workers who are happy with white flour and sugar!
    And thanks for the tip on the Green Bags will check that out as I too find storage of all my veges a (good) problem.

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