Holiday Survival Part 1

Have you been out and about on the town lately?

Central Market is decking the halls with giant candy canes; Whole Foods has their holiday chocolates front and center; Pumpkin Spice Lattes and White Peppermint Mochas are the feature drinks at Starbucks; wreaths and garland are hung on the outer buildings of shopping centers and Christmas music is playing in the background at the mall.

The holiday season is upon us!

Which means: More quality time spent with family and friends, holiday parties, festive foods…and potentially, a challenge to your fitness and clean eating endeavors.

Time and time again, it happens every year…

Sweet Potato Marshmallow Casserole replaces the regular ol’ sweet potato and pumpkin pie becomes a ‘root vegetable’ on our plates, our turkey breast tastes so much better with gravy, and a lack of working out calls our names.

While there is a time and season for everything under the sun, we don’t want you to lose your motivation for living the fit and healthy lifestyle you lead on a daily basis.

Here are a few delicious (and nutritious) recipes you can offer to bring to Thanksgiving dinner.

On top of that, if you find holiday travel, your family’s schedule or time constraints poses a challenge to your fitness, we’ve also included a few fun home workouts that you can do (hey, maybe you can even bring in the family!).

If all else fails—why not suggest a family football game in the backyard, Turkey Trot in the morning or stroll after the big meal on Thanksgiving Day, or a solid sweat session on Friday morning in order to get pumped up for Black Friday sales (elbows up!).

Recipes: 

Herb Roasted Turkey- YUM

Paleo-Approved Gravy- GRAVY can be HEALTHY

Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Bacon (because bacon is wonderful on everything) 

Roasted Rosemary Beets- BEETs are GREAT

Garlic Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”- POTATOES are tasty!

Sweet Potato Cranberry Stuffing- You always need STUFFING

Coconut Almond Green Beans- GREENS 

Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake with Maple Vanilla Frosting- DESSERT

Pumpkin Pie (a classic of course)- What’s Thanksgiving without Pumpkin Pie?

At-Home WODs:

Pre-Turkey Tamer”:

10 rounds:

10 Thrusters (Dumbbells or Kettlebell)

10 Pushups

Finish it off with 3-minutes accumulated Plank (add weight if you like the extra challenge)

Football Game”:

18-minute AMRAP

5 Touchdowns (Sprint down and back 100-meters total)

10 “Cheers” (Burpees-Clap over head)

20/20 “Jab Steps” (Mountain Climbers)

30 “High-V’s” (V-up sit-ups)

40 “Defense Line Pushes” (Pushups)

50 (25/25) “Split Runs” (Lunge Jumps)

Family Stress Burner”

Tabata (20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest x 8 total rounds; or 4 minutes)

Pick 5 of the following exercises to complete (total of a 20-minute tabata workout)

Air Squats

Push-ups

Sit-ups

Dumbbell Bent Over Rows or Pullups

Lunges

Push Press (Dumbbells)

Sumo Deadlift Highpulls

Burpees

Lunge jumps

V-ups

Sit-ups

Bicycle Crunches

Burpees

Mountain Climbers

Handstand holds

Handstand pushups

Double unders

Tuck Jumps

Go team go!

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