The holidays generally mean more stress, less sleep and mindLESS indulgences that we would ordinarily skip. Unfortunately, all of this (and more) can contribute to issues like unwanted weight gain, low energy levels, mood swings and an angry, inflamed complexion!
Luckily, with just a few minor adjustments, this holiday season might end up being your most mindFULL one yet!
- Just BREATHE
- The excitement of your favourite treats, festive cocktails, and time spent catching up with friends and family often means forgetting to be present in the moment. Take time out for a mini-meditation (just three big deep breaths will make a difference) during the course of your evening and stop to notice your surroundings. This pause in activity will allow you to recognize if you’re still hungry, if you really need that second (or fifth) glass of wine, and whether or not it’s time to wrap it up and head home!
- Pick & Choose
- During the holidays, you may feel short on time and stressed out when it comes to getting everything done. Remember—you don’t have to say yes to everyone! If you don’t have the time, or if you’re feeling tired and in need of a good sleep—just say no. Boundaries are incredibly important for your overall well-being, and can help keep you sane in the midst of the holiday chaos.
- Is This Worth It?
- When it comes to indulging in your favourite holiday treats, always ask yourself: is this going to make me feel more or less healthy? Is this culturally significant? Is this a 10-out-of-10 on the delicious scale? Is this worth it? When do you decide to treat yourself always remember—a decision that is intentional and mindful means there is no guilt.
The Best Chocolate Truffle Recipe Ever!
Rose & Cacao Chocolate Truffles
When I choose to indulge, I often reach for these easy nutrient-dense, homemade fudge truffles. Although still technically a dessert, they’re low in sugar and absolutely packed with some of my favourite skin-saving nutrients like calcium, magnesium and potassium to keep me looking and feeling my best this season!
Makes approximately 20 truffles
1/2 cup coconut oil
2/3 cup organic crunchy peanut butter
4 tbsp cacao powder
4 tbsp dark maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
2-4 drops food grade rose essential oil (depending on taste preference)
1. Add all ingredients to your blender or food processor and mix until smooth.
2. Pour into a freezer safe dish and let set for at least 1-2 hours until firm.
3. Remove and scoop one tsp-size amount at a time.
4. Shape into a ball and roll in more cacao powder.
5. Top with rose petals—because we eat with our eyes first!
Truffles will keep for up to four weeks in the freezer: if they last that long!
I hope you all have a beautiful holiday season! Enjoy!