Lights, festive cocktails, cold weather, deliciously rich meals, and your favorite holiday treats—what’s not to love?! The holidays are full of food and fun. But those late nights and rich meals can add up fast, leaving you feeling exhausted and bloated by the New Year. Be proactive to beat the holiday fog and bloat. Easy substitutions and a few smart holiday hacks can help you stay fit and energized, so you can enjoy the holidays even more.
Try a Mocktail
Whether you imbibe in spirits or not, a mocktail is a delicious way to celebrate the holidays. Think cranberry juice, apple cider, something bubbly and pretty garnishes. Town and Country Magazine put together some gorgeously delicious holiday mocktail recipes to save you the trouble of creating your own. Mocktails are a great way to stay festive and regulate your alcohol intake. Either way, make sure to drink plenty of water, particularly if you choose to consume alcohol. Cheers!
Healthy Baking Substitutes
There are so many creative and delicious ways to substitute heavier ingredients for healthier options. According to Eat This, Not That, you can substitute unsweetened applesauce or honey for sugar, Greek yogurt for sour cream, and ground flax seed for egg. Believe it or not, it works! And, it will make your favorite holiday dishes a little healthier. A quick internet search will turn up a substitution for almost anything. You can still enjoy your beloved treats and may feel a little less bloated afterwards. Give it a try!
Boost Your Favorite Sips with Supplements
The holidays bring so much joy, but they can also bring a lot of stress. Difficult family members, holiday shopping lists, meal planning, and crazy schedules can leave you feeling exhausted and drained. Supplements can be your secret to staying healthy, energetic and sharp this holiday season. Get a boost of energy while supporting your cardiovascular system by adding CocoaVia™ Dark Chocolate drink mix to your morning coffee, or as a healthy alternative to your usual hot chocolate. The cocoa flavanols in CocoaVia™ help support flexible arteries and blood pressure levels, promoting cardiovascular health so you can stay healthy throughout the holidays and start the new year on the right foot.
Cocoa flavanols can also improve your brain health. They promote blood flow to a region of your brain that is sensitive to aging, keeping it nourished with essential oxygen and nutrients. At high concentrations, cocoa flavanols have even been shown to improve memory. So, if you’re experiencing some brain fog around the holidays, try CocoaVia™ Memory+, the advanced formulation that has been proven to boost 3 different types of memory.
Move Your Body
Remember to stick to your exercise routine. Get up early and do whatever your usual routine is. Go for walks or practice yoga to destress, stay grounded, and burn calories. Snowed in? Try streaming a workout class. There are more options for streaming exercise classes now than ever before. So, find something you enjoy and get moving, even if it’s in your living room! You’ll be better able to handle holiday stress, and you won’t pack on the extra holiday pounds.
Don’t let the holidays get the best of you! Enjoy every moment and have no regrets with these deliciously simple holiday hacks!