Pumpkin and Apple and Fig, oh PIE!
Updated: Nov 8, 2018
Fall is here; and so are the Pumpkin Spice Lattes, apple cider doughnuts and endless buffalo chicken dip on football Sunday’s! Is your yellow brick road into the holiday season filled with all of these delicious seasonal foods? If the answer is no, we need to talk…
No need to set out like the tin man dressed in armor to repel those apple cider doughnuts, or to fearfully walk down the road trying to avoid Aunt Mary’s famous pumpkin pie like the cowardly lion. Odds are, avoiding all of these festive foods will just lead you to over-indulge at some point. “Okay, so she’s going to tell me to make all these recipes with 0% fat plain Greek yogurt and applesauce (boring…)”. Nope! Instead of altering recipes, which is always an option, we are going to keep three tips in mind on our journey to Emerald City.
1. Select THREE items you would like to sample when attending a Sunday football get together or at a family get together. After having a bite of each item, ask yourself if you truly enjoy it. If you don’t, throw it out. If you do, finish it, without punishing yourself.
2. After completing a meal or hors d'oeuvre, before dipping another chip in that delicious spinach artichoke dip, wait 20 minutes. Drink some water, catch up with a family member or friend you haven't seen in a while or grab a group and get a flag football game together! It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to signal to your brain that you are full.
3. Did someone say fall festival? Let's be honest....there is some sort of pumpkin launching, apple picking or corn mazing event almost every weekend. Get out there and enjoy them! While food is a large part of every social gathering, it doesn't have to be the only component.
So while there’s no clicking those red heels together three times to carry you through the holiday season with no extra worry about adding on some extra pounds, both CAC and I are here to make your adventure down the yellow brick road this holiday season a little more joyful! Here’s to a happy, healthy holiday season for all!