Healthy Through the Holidays: Don't Keep it in the House!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte per Brown Eyed Baker.

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I know one thing’s for sure; if I keep it in the house, I am going to eat it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a total treat Nazi, I don’t mind keeping a dessert or two around the kitchen. However, the holidays are a time when I particularly caution against keeping tempting treats in the house. Why? Because you KNOW there won’t only be tempting treats at home, they will also be at your in-laws, the office party, and every Christmas party you attend. 

During the holidays I put my baking apron out of sight because I KNOW there will be plenty of goodies lurking elsewhere.  I don’t bake UNLESS I know it’s going right out the door. I mean, who could resist NOT eating a piece of the Brown Eyed Baker’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte…until the dang thing is gone? Just don’t do it to yourself man!! Keep the cookies, cakes, brownies, etc. out of the house until AT LEAST after the New Year. Face the temptation elsewhere by eating a sample or two but DON’T also bring it home! As the saying goes...”out of sight, out of mind,” (well….sort of).

In need of a little sweet treat in the evening but ALSO want to keep it healthy? Try THIS smoothie recipe!

Healthy Holiday Smoothie

  • 1/3 c. frozen raspberries (preferably organic)
  • 1/3 c. frozen wild blueberries
  • handful of spinach (TRUST ME!)
  • 1/2 c. orange juice
  • 1/2 c.  whole milk (preferably organic)
  • 1/2 T chia seeds (optional…but oh SO healthy for you!)
  • a few ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend and enjoy!

Nutritional Profile (without Chia seeds): ~177 calories, 4.9 g fat, 29.5 g carbohydrate, 4.7 g fiber, 21 g sugars, 5.9 g protein, 94% vitamin C, 34% vitamin A

QUESTION: Do you keep tempting treats in the house during the holidays?


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