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5 Healthy Holiday Tips (+ a new recipe)

5 Healthy Holiday Tips (+ a new recipe)

5 Healthy Holiday Tips for eating smart and staying on track this season. Plus a new recipe that will impress even the pickiest eater!

5 Healthy Holiday Tips

Last week on Instagram I shared 5 Healthy Holiday Tips that will help you stay on track during the holidays. The time of year when food is in abundance and if we aren’t careful we can find ourselves overindulging and sabotaging all the hard work you’ve put into improving your health. 

Here is a recap of my tips for staying healthy this holiday season plus a delicious veggie recipe that will impress even the pickiest eaters! ⠀

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5 Healthy Holiday Tips

Tip# 1 – Eat mindfully. Have one plate of your favorite holiday foods and stop when you’re satisfied. Holiday meals aren’t a free pass to overeat and drag it out with unhealthy leftovers. Instead, enjoy the foods you love during one meal and move on.  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Tip# 2 – Share your favorite veggie dishes and keep it simple. Don’t risk complicated recipes that might not turn out as you expected. Try roasting or sautéing your favorite fall veggies or try making my Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder or  Purple Potato Salad 

Bonus tip: Share your recipes with friends/family and get a conversation going on ways you plan to stay healthy this holiday season. You never know who will leave inspired! 

5 Healthy Holiday Tips

Tip# 3 – Beware of the Food Police! Friends and family that overstep boundaries and try imposing their dietary rules on you and your family. As I tell the clients that I coach, our food choices are unique to our individual needs – what works for you doesn’t necessarily work for someone else. This is why one-size-fits-all diets don’t work. Stay on your path and choose foods that work best for you and your family. 

Tip# 4 – Stay hydrated! Water accounts for 60% of your body’s total weight and we need to stay hydrated in order to maintain this ratio. Also, if you’re consuming alcoholic beverages over the holidays, try alternating with glasses of water in between your cocktails. This will help with unwanted weight gain and hangovers. 

Tip# 5 – Carve out 20-30 minutes a day for yourself. This might sound challenging at first but making time for yourself can be a total game-changer during the holidays. Take some time off to unwind. Try going for a walk, meditate, listen to a podcast or read a book. Whatever it is make sure it’s something for you – something that brings you joy. 

Click here for other healthy holiday tips! 

Joe and I are spending Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico this year. Carolina is very excited to spend time at the beach and pool! 

I also have a very exciting announcement to make! I’ll be sharing these healthy holiday tips with my friends on Aqui Estamos Chanel 6 WiPR in Puerto Rico this Friday, November 29th at 1.30 pm local time. I’m so excited for the opportunity! If you’re in Puerto Rico I hope you can tune in. 

And Before I take off, I’m leaving you with a new recipe for Cauliflower Mash that is a hit in our home and so simple to make! Try making it this Thanksgiving as your veggie dish! I hope you enjoy it. 

 

Cauliflower Mash

Ingredients

1 head cauliflower (florets only)

3 cloves garlic (minced)

3 tbsp grass-fed butter or ghee, melted

1 tbsp dairy-free milk (almond or oat)

salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp chopped chives

 

Instructions

  1. Place a pot with water over medium heat. Add the cauliflower, and simmer until the cauliflower is soft, 6-7min. Drain well and set aside*.
  2. In a blender add the garlic, melted butter, dairy-free milk and blend until the ingredients are combined.
  3. Add the cauliflower into the blender and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides with a spatula occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste, and puree again. If it’s thicker than you like, add dairy-free milk until you reach the consistency you like.
  4. Serve and top with chopped chives.

*Drain the cauliflower well by squeezing out as much extra water as possible. You can do this by wrapping the cauliflower florets in a towel and twisting.

Version En Español

La semana pasada en Instagram compartí 5 consejos saludables que lo ayudarán a mantenerse saludable durante las festividades navideñas. La época del año en que los alimentos abundan y, si no tenemos cuidado, podemos darnos el gusto y sabotear todo el trabajo duro que ha realizado para mejorar su salud.

Aquí hay un resumen de mis consejos para mantenerse saludable en esta temporada de fiestas, ¡además de una deliciosa receta vegetariana que impresionará incluso a los más exigentes!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

5 consejos simples para mantenernos saludables durante las festividades navideñas.

Consejo # 1 – Las comidas navideñas no son excusas para comer en exceso ni un paso libre para continuar con las sobras poco saludables. En cambio, disfruta de los alimentos que te gustan durante una comida solamente y ya!⠀⠀⠀⠀

Consejo # 2: Lleve verduras a la mesa. Hágalo simple y no se arriesgue con platos complicados que podrían no resultar como esperaba. Intente asar o saltear sus verduras de otoño favoritas o intente hacer esta sopa de coliflor sin lácteos o ensalada de papa morada

Consejo adicional: comparta sus recetas con amigos / familiares y entable una conversación sobre maneras de mantenerse saludable en esta temporada de fiestas. ¡Nunca se sabe quién se irá inspirado!

    5 Healthy Holiday Tips

    Version En Español

    Consejo # 3 – ¡Cuidado con amigos y familiares que sobrepasan los límites e intentan imponer sus reglas dietéticas a usted y su familia! Cuando les digo a los clientes que entreno, nuestras opciones de alimentos son únicas para nuestras necesidades individuales: lo que funciona para usted no necesariamente funciona para otra persona. Es por eso que las dietas de talla única no funcionan. Manténgase en su camino y elija alimentos que funcionen mejor para usted y su familia.

    Consejo # 4 – Manténgase hidratado: el agua representa el 60% del peso total de su cuerpo y necesitamos mantenernos hidratados para mantener esta proporción. Además, si consume bebidas alcohólicas durante las vacaciones, intente alternar con vasos de agua entre sus cócteles. Esto ayudará con el aumento de peso no deseado y las resacas.

    Consejo # 5 – Reserve 20-30 minutos al día por ti mismo. Esto puede sonar desafiante al principio, pero tomarse un tiempo para usted mismo puede ayudar muchisimo. Tómese un tiempo libre para relajarse. Intente salir a caminar, meditar, escuchar un podcast o leer un libro. Sea lo que sea, asegúrese de que sea algo para usted, algo que le brinde alegría.

    Joe y yo vamos a pasar el Día de Acción de Gracias en Puerto Rico este año. ¡Carolina está muy emocionada de pasar tiempo en la playa, piscina y con la familia!

    ¡También tengo un anuncio muy emocionante que hacer! Compartiré estos consejos con mis amigos en Aqui Estamos Chanel 6 WiPR en Puerto Rico este viernes 29 de noviembre a la 1.30 pm hora local. Estoy muy emocionada por la oportunidad! Si estás en Puerto Rico, espero que puedas sintonizar.

    Y antes de partir, te dejo con una nueva receta de Puré de Coliflor que es un éxito en nuestro hogar y ¡muy fácil de hacer! ¡Intenta preparar este Día de Acción de Gracias como tu plato vegetariano! Espero que lo disfruten.

     

    Puré de coliflor

    Ingredientes

    1 cabeza de coliflor (solo floretes)

    3 dientes de ajo (picados)

    3 cucharadas de mantequilla o ghee, derretida

    1 cucharada de leche sin lácteos (almendras o avena)

    sal y pimienta  a gusto

    1 cucharada de cebollin picada

     

    Instrucciones

    1. Coloque una olla con agua a fuego medio. Agregue el coliflor y cocine a fuego lento hasta que el coliflor esté suave, 6-7min. Escurrir bien y dejar reposar*.
    2. En una licuadora agregue el ajo, la mantequilla derretida, la leche sin lácteos y mezcle hasta que se combinen los ingredientes.
    3. Agregue el coliflor a la licuadora y mezcle hasta que quede suave, raspando los lados con una espátula de vez en cuando. Agregue sal y pimienta a gusto y vuelva a hacer puré. Si es más espesa de lo que desea, agregue leche sin lácteos hasta que alcance la consistencia que desea.
    4. Sirva y cubra con cebollin picada.

    * Drene bien el coliflor exprimiendo la mayor cantidad de agua posible. Puedes hacerlo envolviendo las flores de coliflor en una toalla y girándolas.

      Karla A Salinari

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      Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

      Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

      Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe! An authentic, raw, vegan, gluten-free cheesecake recipe made with soaked cashews plus other healthy ingredients. Hard to believe, I know. But trust me when I say it’s so simple and deliciously satisfying you’ll be making it over and over again.  

      Why cashews? Let me explain. When soaked and blended, cashews create a creamy, neutral flavor base that works as a cheese alternative in popular dairy-free and vegan recipes. If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you’ve seen other recipes where I use cashews as an alternative to cheese:

      Mexican Tostadas with Cashew Sour Cream

      Half-Baked Key Lime “Cheesecake”

      However, if you’re not into cashews or have an allergy, try searching for cashew-free (that’s a real term, btw) cheese alternatives in other popular food blogs like The Minimalist Baker which I’m a huge fan of, btw! I think Dana is a total genius when it comes to flipping recipes. I encourage you to check her out.  

      Ok, back to cashews! These days, you can find cheese alternatives made with all kinds of ingredients but for me, the closest in flavor and consistency is definitely soaked cashews.  

      This weekend I had a craving for cheesecake but zero intentions of going to the store or digging through old recipes. Lazy weekends are the best weekends, don’t you agree?

      I decided to use what what in my fridge and pantry and came up with this easy no-bake cheesecake recipe made with fresh fruit, refined-free sugar, dairy-free milk and nuts. DAS it! 

      The result, a better-for-you dessert recipe packed with healthy fat and protein that is also delicious and satisfying. Plus:

      creamy 

      refreshing 

      and pretty darn close to the real thing without the unhealthy sugar high and yucky crash after.

      Follow my recipe or make it your own by swapping raspberries for blueberries or strawberries, anything goes. 

      If you try this recipe, let us know by leaving a comment below. Your comments are so helpful for us and other readers. Also, don’t forget to share your food pictures on INSTAGRAM and tagging us with hashtag #ourflipsidelife. We’d love to see it!

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      Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder

      Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder

       Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder

      Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder. A creamy, low carb, hearty and simple recipe perfect for the entire family. 

       

      Happy New Year, guys! I hope everyone had a nice (and somewhat healthy) holiday season. It’s hard to believe that it’s over, right? We didn’t travel this year – instead, we celebrated with Joe’s family here in NYC. I missed seeing my family who is scattered across the country but it was nice to relax, wake up without an alarm clock, not workout in a rush and catch up our favorite shows (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisle being my favorite!). I also took the time to organize and clean our apartment which is, in my opinion, a great way to start the New Year. 

       

      Anyways, it was also nice to eat at home. Joe and I cooked a ton and only indulged a few times while visiting family on Christmas and New Year’s. While at home, we made tons of easy, healthy meals that I will be sharing over the coming weeks. 

       

      One of my favorites is this Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder made with fresh veggies and roasted garlic. It was my first time roasting a head of garlic. The flavor is mild enough to spread on toast/crackers and incredibly delicious as part of a hearty soup. It’s the star ingredient in this dish! 

       

      I hope you like the recipe as much as we did and when you try making it, let us know! Leave a comment, and don’t forget to tag a photo #OurFlipSideLife on Instagram!

       Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder

      Ingredients

      4 cups vegetable broth

      1 head of garlic

      Olive oil

      1 head of cauliflower, chopped

      1 sweet potato, chopped

      2 shallots, chopped

      2 tsp fresh thyme

      Salt and Pepper to taste

      Method

      1. Preheat the oven to 425F and line two baking sheets.

      2. Slice off the top of each head of garlic to expose some of the cloves inside and place the heads on a piece of foil. Drizzle with olive oil, wrap in the foil and place on the baking sheet.

      3. Add the chopped cauliflower, sweet potato and shallots alongside the garlic and onto the second baking sheet. Drizzle the veggies with olive and season with salt and pepper.

      4. Place both baking sheets in the oven to roast, 30-35 min or until tender. Remove the veggies from the oven and let cool, 5-7 min.

      5. Remove the roasted head of garlic from the foil and gently squeeze each clove casing onto a dish (you should now have a deliciously fragrant garlic paste).

      6. Add the vegetable broth, garlic paste and roasted veggies to a saucepan over medium heat. Let the veggies cook in the broth, 10-12 min or until the flavors are combined.

      7. Using an immersion blender blend the veggies until smooth and season with salt, pepper and thyme.

      8. Plate and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, more thyme, gluten-free croutons, pumpkin seeds and cauliflower (toppings are optional). Enjoy!

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      OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

      Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

      OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

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      Light, Cakey Brownies (GF)

      Light, Cakey Brownies (GF)

      Do you prefer a Fudgy Brownie or a Light, Cakey Brownie? I choose cakey and Joe LOVES Fudgy with…wait for it….walnuts (if you follow me on Instagram I talk about Joe’s walnut obsession quite a bit).

      Brownies are cool and all but sometimes it’s just too much – too dense and too much chocolate. I know, I know most people will think I’m crazy but it’s how I feel, mmk? 🙂
      SOOO I developed the recipe for these Light and Cakey Brownies hoping Joe would change his mind and it worked. He said “these are delicious but you know what’s missing…WALNUTS!” *sigh! Noted for next time, Joe!
      Made with natural ingredients like cassava flour (a gluten-free alternative to all-purpose flour) and coconut palm sugar, these little gems make the perfect dessert or snack. Plus they’re better-for-you and insanely delicious.

      Ingredients

      1 stick grass-fed unsalted butter

      1 cup coconut palm sugar

      3 eggs

      ½ cup cocoa powder

      1 tsp instant coffee

      ½  tsp baking powder

      ½ cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips, melted

      ¾  cup cassava flour

      ¼  tsp xanthan gum

      ¼ tsp sea salt

      Instructions

      1. Preheat the oven to 350 ºF and grease a brownie pan with cooking spray.
      2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter until butter starts bubbling. Remove from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl.
      3. Combine the melted butter with coconut palm sugar and mix using a hand mixer until well combined. Set aside.
      4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs. Add cocoa powder, coffee, and baking powder to the egg mixture and combine. Add the melted chocolate and combine.
      5. Add the butter mixture to the egg mixture and combine until you get a smooth batter.
      6. Sift together the cassava flour, xanthan gum, and salt and fold into the batter.
      7. Transfer batter to brownie pan and bake, 20 -25min or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.
      8. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.
      9. Cut into squares and enjoy!

      So now tell me, are you Fudgy? Or Cakey? 🙂

      Karla A Salinari

      Karla A Salinari

      Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
      and FlipBox

      OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

      Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

      OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

      Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

      Get 10% off your first order of FlipBox when you sign up for our mailing list!

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