I often hear from friends about how they can’t believe how much they ate at a holiday event. They complain about feeling sluggish, gaining weight and wonder how I survive the holidays.
Rather than survive, I would rather thrive! So I have a few strategies that help me feel great throughout the season.
- Bring a delicious healthy dish to share. This way you know there will be at least one thing that you will eat and you can show others how delicious your healthy lifestyle is!
- Eat something whole and nutritious so that you won’t be hungry at the party.
- Focus on socializing and connecting with friends and family rather than eating.
- Decide ahead of time which foods you choose NOT to eat. As a vegan, it’s easy, since much of what you find on the buffet table typically contains some animal products. I don’t feel deprived, though, because I have already eaten something before leaving home, and I brought a dish that I love!
- Commit to only one dessert. Or, if you must, a small taste of two. Choose wisely!
When it comes to gift-giving, try to be mindful in your choices. Check out my previous post on Mindful Gift-Giving for ideas.
You may recall my Garden of Weedin’ from last summer. This year, I heavily mulched the garden, and I planted it on Memorial Day. When when I returned after a month (I live in NY and my garden is in VT) there were weeds, but it was certainly manageable.
One of the most abundant weeds that I found is commonly known as lemon clover. I remember a housemate who would pick it and eat it right from the garden, so rather than discard the mounds of lemon clover, I decided to make something with it. At first I thought I’d make a pesto, but as I worked in the hot sun, a frozen dessert seemed more appropriate. Here’s a video showing you what I did.
Lemon Clover Granita
lemon clover – remove roots – all other parts are edible
water – enough to blend
honey or other sweetener to taste
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend at high speed. Adjust for sweetness.
- Strain the liquid through a fine strainer or nut milk bag.
- Pour the strained liquid into a glass pan and place in the freezer.
- After about an hour, run a fork through the mixture, loosening it from the edges. Repeat every hour until all the liquid is frozen.
- Store in a sealed container in the freezer.