Blend a Little Health into Your Holiday

In an effort to maintain healthy eating habits throughout the holidays, I have decided to substitute my daily breakfast for a detox smoothie. My goal with this detox is to help my body rid toxins and maintain a healthy balance of energy and digestion throughout all the upcoming holiday gatherings. I plan to start my morning detox on Thanksgiving and go straight into the New Year– I invite you all to join me!

Nancy’s Detox Smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole pear; ends cut off
  • 1 whole apple cored, but not peeled
  • 1 whole lemon, peeled
  • 1 peeled knob of ginger
  • 1 package of stevia
  • 1 TBS flax seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Directions:

Combine all ingredients into a heavy duty blender and mix. I recommend drinking immediately while still cold and all ingredients are fresh.

With this detox regimen, I anticipate a guilt-free attitude when I indulge in all the delicious and decadent holiday lunches and dinners this season. That being said, I personally don’t believe in cutting out the savory spice of the holiday, so I’d also like to share one of my favorite recipes that’s a perfect choice after a long day of holiday shopping: my Loaded Baked Potato Soup. This is a delightful recipe if you’re looking for a warm and filling snack to relax by the fire with.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of thick cut bacon
  • 1 tbs of butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of chopped garlic
  • ¼ cup of all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups of heavy cream
  • 7 large potatoes baked and then cut into chunks with salt and pepper to taste
  • ¾ cup of sour cream plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar plus more for garnish
  • ¾ cup of scallions plus more for garnish
  • Chicken base to taste

Directions:

  1. Render bacon, remove, then cut into small chunks for garnish.
  2. Add butter to pan with bacon fat then sauté onions and garlic until translucent.
  3. Add in flour and stir for several minutes.
  4. Add heavy cream.
  5. Add potatoes, chicken base, and salt & pepper to taste.
  6. Add in sour cream then heat.
  7. Serve garnished with sour cream, bacon, cheddar cheese and scallions.

I hope these two recipes help you to find a balance between healthy and satisfied this holiday season!