2 Holiday Party Dessert Recipes Plus Healthy Party-Going Tips

Happy Christmas Eve!

Would you like some Christmas Truffles and Peanut Butter Caramel Cookies?

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I know I have said this before but I am in such awe of all the dessert blogs out there.  I get drawn in by the photography and end up spending hours clicking on image after image of tempting sweet cakes, cookies, bars, balls and brownies.  A good chunk of yesterday was spent browsing through my favorite blogs for new dessert recipe ideas for a party.  After drooling over dozens of spectacular looking treats, I have decided to go with two tried-and-true of my own this year.  Only I’m still on my caramel kick so I switched that up for the jam in the cookies.

Check out the two recipes from earlier posts and let me know if you make them!

Chocolate Truffles

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Thumbprint Cookies

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You must think I live on dates, chocolate and peanut butter.

I do but I also run on “real” food as well!  There will be LOTS of other foods at our party.  Like sushi!  Did you know that Seven Moons now has brown rice sushi?!  I just found that out this weekend and am so excited.  As more people learn about the importance of eating whole grains and avoiding refined grains we should hopefully be seeing more and more of this reflected on restaurant menus.  We’ll be having a serious platter of sushi tonight.  To further balance out the sweetness of truffles and caramel cookies there will be plenty of raw vegetables (broccoli, carrots, celery, cucumbers, red peppers) to dunk in hummus and balsamic tahini dip.  We will have baked corn chips, salsa and guacamole.  There will be shrimp cocktail and scallops wrapped in bacon for the seafood and pig eaters.  And much, much more.

If you’re going to parties or celebrating with lots of special foods this week, remember to enjoy yourself but at the same time stay mindful of how much and what types of foods you are eating.  It’s not necessary to go overboard.  You know how you feel good with one or two of something– but if you go wild with reckless abandon and overeat that good feeling quickly turns to one of bloating and discomfort.   What if you checked in with yourself every so often rather than fill your plate and consume on autopilot?  It really pays to pay attention.

Here are a few of my favorite holiday party survival tips to perhaps keep in mind during this time of festive food that many of you will be encountering up til New Years:

  • Fill your plate at least half full (three-quarters is even better!) of whole plant foods (like veggies or fruits).  Save the other half for the more decadent foods.
  • Choose a small plate if they are offered.
  • Eat slowly.
  • Don’t sit near the food  or bowls of snacks if you are a picker.
  • Watch out for anything fried (yes this means potato chips too).  If you must, practice moderation.
  • Bring a “safety dish” that is something healthy that you can enjoy and share.
  • Don’t arrive at a party starving.  Odds are that you will make less-than-rational food choices.
  • If you drink, have  a glass of water in between alcoholic beverages.  A simple wine or beer is a better choice than most fancier drinks like eggnog and mixed drinks involving soda or juice/syrups (which are usually just high fructose corn syrup).  Definitely do not drink and drive.

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What are you up to this Christmas Eve?  I wish everyone a peaceful and joyous holiday.  As the year comes to an end think about what your health goals are for the future.  What do you really want for yourself?  Are your actions supporting your hopes?

 

 

 

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