Beth Warren Nutrition Blog

Healthy on Holidays

by Jenn Tricot September 23, 2019

Holidays are such joyous occasions spent with family and friends, recreating memories and enjoying what means the most to us. Of course, we are grateful to be surrounded by food all the time, but it can be hard for many people to have control and still remain healthy. 

A tip from nutritionstripped.com says, to plan ahead. You may be able to plan a breakfast the night before, and know what to eat whether it’s sticking to protein, and fiber, and saving a carb for a small sweet dessert. Another tip is to count in veggies when you’re eating more dense foods during holiday season. Vegetables create a thicker base in dishes, which also adds more nutrients, fiber and taste! If you’re able to snack on sliced veggies before a meal, you're satisfying your hunger with vegetables, rather than the possibility of going for the carb-filled appetizer. 

One more tip is to try taking a pause in between bites. By putting down your utensil after each bite, you will pace yourself. This will eventually build a bigger mind-body awareness. 

There are also a ton of healthy substitutes to all desserts that you can try, simply by substituting flour for spelt flour, and coconut sugar! Take a look below for a delicious apple cake recipe. Have a happy, healthy, and sweet new year! 

Ooey Gooey Apple Cake

Baking an apple cake is a great way to pay homage to the Fall season and even more celebratory to bake it for the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashana coming up this season! Here’s the recipe! Tag me if you make it I’d love to see it 🙌🏻@beth_warren

Ingredients

2 cups coconut sugar
1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups spelt flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup walnuts, crushed
4 Granny Smith apples, sliced thinly

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350F.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar and oil. Add in the eggs and vanilla and continue to whisk.
In a separate medium bowl mix together the flour, salt and cinnamon. Slowly add these “dry” into “wet” bowl and continue to whisk until fully combined. Fold in the apples and walnuts. **
**If you want to do an apple design on top, layout the apples at the bottom of the springform in two layers (I used a parchment paper cut out in the perfect round shape first and put the apples on too) then fold in the rest of the apples into the batter.
I used a 9 in springform pan to cook up this batter.
Bake 1 hr - 1 hr and 15 min (or toothpick comes out clean) I got the bit of gooey center by baking for 1 hr but to fully bake - go a little longer.
 

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