So the holidays are upon us and everybody is worried of packing on the pounds (well, at least if you’re reading this —then you’re my people, and I know you want to be mindful!). I used to stress SO MUCH over the holidays, but now I have embraced the peacefulness that comes with having a BALANCED life instead of forcing myself or depriving myself, and losing the joy of the festivities.
… TRUST ME, it’s not worth your while.
Instead of depriving ourselves, let’s focus on eating more nutrient-dense foods and tons of veggie inspired dishes, that still packs the flavor. Since I don’t eat meat, I’m thrilled to have so many meatless and vegetarian options that don’t make me hate the holidays at the end of December Lol Case in point? MorningStar Farms® Grillers® Crumbles™ which are not only for vegetarians – they are for everyone… You’ve got to Taste It To Believe It!
Wanna try it? I got a coupon for you! 🙂
3 Ways To Make Your Party’s Food Guilt-Free
1. Keep it Simple & Choose Better Ingredients
Make better versions of your favorite holiday foods… This allows you to eat foods similar to ones you’d normally eat over the holidays without deviating from your wellness goals at all. And while they may not be exactly the same as the fattier, sugar-packed versions of holiday foods that you’re used to, you may even learn to like the better versions more since you’ll feel better (and less guilty) after eating them.
And because you’re my people, below I share my FAV low carb – high protein potato mash, super vegetarian and vegan friendly as all my recipes in here are!
2. Make sugar free desserts
As I’ve told you many times before, sugar is the enemy ALWAYS! Try using sugar substitutes like brown rice malt syrup or stevia in place of sugar and/or fruit purees instead of oil in baked goods.
3. Use anti-inflammatory ingredients in your recipes
Turmeric for the win! People won’t even notice and will LOVE the extra flavor kick. Other anti-inflammatory ingredients I love? ginger, parsley, and cilantro. For that extra punch of flavor, you can also use coconut oil, paprika, pink Himalayan salt instead of regular table salt, liquid aminos instead of soy sauce… do you get my drift? It’s all about better choices!
For Thanksgiving, I made this protein potato mash, which is part of my Holiday Survival Guide e-Book and is low carb, but with tons of protein because of the cannellini beans. Then topped it with MorningStar Farms® Grillers® Crumbles™ and OMG!!!! What a winner… like, FOR REAL, my whole family was drooling over it —including myself, so I KNEW that I had to share this recipe here with you guys.
- • 10-12 large potatoes
- • 3 to 3.5 cups of cannellini beans (two cans of 15 oz)
- • 1/4 cup coconut oil or olive oil
- • 2 tablespoons almond milk
- • 1 tablespoon mashed garlic
- • 1 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt
- • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- • Pepper to taste
- • Other herbs you want to taste
- Cut the potatoes into large pieces (I prefer to leave the skin, but it is a matter of taste).
- Place in a pot with water and cook on medium-high heat for about 30-35 minutes until soft.
- Drain and place in a large bowl.
- Mash everything by hand or using a food processor (honestly, my fav way to do it!).
- Serve in your favorite bowl and garnish with drizzle of olive oil, parsley leaves or simply a small piece of vegan butter.
To cook MorningStar Farms® Grillers® Crumbles™, just follow the instructions on the bag and add whatever seasoning you like best. I added tomato sauce and some cayenne pepper to mine and it was good to go!
The best part of MorningStar Farms® Grillers® Crumbles™ is that they are super easy to find. I always get mines at my nearest Walmart at the frozen entrees section.
As usual, whenever you do this recipe don’t forget to TAG ME in your pictures and use the hashtag #GlowSquad so I can see them!