Posts tagged with "Thanksgiving"

Super Healthy Cranberry Sauce + Ideas for Leftovers

Posted November 11, 2014 in Thanksgiving, cranberry sauce, holidays and 5 more

Growing up, I never ate the canned cranberry sauce that was served at our family Thanksgiving dinners. I always thought it was kind of weird. It wasn't until I was well into adulthood that I tasted actual homemade cranberry sauce, and the game was changed!

I love homemade cranberry sauce! But most recipes call for a whole cup of sugar for just 12-ounces of cranberries!! And I actually think most homemade cranberry sauces are way too sweet (shocking coming from me, I know). I just prefer to keep some of the tartness of the cranberries.

So I created a super healthy version! But why is it SUPER healthy? 

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Join me for the Holiday Sweat Challenge!

Posted November 13, 2014 in FitApproach, SweatPink, Run to the Finish and 8 more

Staying active and healthy during the holidays can be tough! There is a constant flow of food, your schedule gets packed with parties and family gatherings and lounging on the couch in flannel pajamas watching holiday movies just sounds so much more inviting than going out in the cold to workout!

But there's nothing worse than starting a new year with the goal of losing a bunch of weight you gained during the holidays or having to get in shape all over again because you skipped out on workouts for a couple of months.

For the past few years, I've created a holiday weight management program on Sweet Success. It's been a great way (for me!) to to stay on track during the holidays. But it's not happening this year. I don't have time to get it together.

Luckily, there's another great way for us to stay in shape this holiday season! The Holiday Sweat Challenge.

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Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Posted November 18, 2014 in healthy eating, Pumpkin, holidays and 6 more

Want to enjoy some pumpkin pie without ALL the calories and with lots of good-for-you ingredients?

So do I! Which is why I created a super simple pumpkin pie pudding that tastes just like pumpkin pie. Seriously! This pudding is sooooo good.

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Healthy Holiday Party Cook-Off + Quick Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted November 25, 2014 in healthy cooking, healthy eating, cooking challenge and 4 more

I don't really think of myself as a competitive person. 

But when I received an email at work about the Healthy Holiday Party Cook-Off Challenge organized by the Kinesiology and Sports Sciences Department, the Employee Health and Wellness Program and the Physical Activity and Wellness Lab (at the University of Nebraska at Kearney), I was intrigued. Then before I knew it, my office neighbors were forming a team, and I was on it!

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The Best Black Friday Deals

Posted November 26, 2014 in Black Friday, Thanksgiving, shopping and 12 more

Happy Thanksgiving!

I love this holiday because it's a great reminder to slow down and think about things we are grateful for. I have so much to be thankful for this year! The BF and I moved in together, my family is happy and healthy, my blog is better than ever, I'm halfway through my Institute for Integrative Nutrition classes, I feel healthy and happy and so much more!

The BF and I will be in Hastings at his grandma's house enjoying dinner with his family. While I'm not in love with most of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes (green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, etc.), I absolutely love the BF's family's sweet potato casserole. It's whipped sweet potatoes with a brown sugar nutty topping. Mmmm. That's what I'll be indulging in!

To prepare ourselves for the big food day, the BF and I plan to run the YMCA's Turkey Trot. Note the word "plan". Last year it was absolutely freezing, so we'll see if we get out there to brave the cold again this year.

Need some tips on staying healthy during this holiday?

Check out my 9 Tips To Help You Have a Healthy Thanksgiving, which was featured on Her View From Home.

OK, let's talk about shopping! I've always loved shopping on Black Friday! 

Years ago, my mom, aunt, cousins and I would spend the evening of Thanksgiving pouring over the ads looking at all the deals. We would get up at 4 a.m. Friday to start our shopping expedition. We had so much fun laughing at the craziness of the day and getting energized with cups and cups of coffee.

The photo above was taken in 2010 after an epic Black Friday shopping trip with my mom, cousin Kristi and aunt Adel.

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Thanksgiving Recap + Black Friday Bootcamp

Posted November 28, 2014 in Thanksgiving, Black Friday, workout and 6 more

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

On Wednesday night, I dragged the BF over to my parent's house to look through Black Friday ads. 

He was happy in the end because my mom made us a pumpkin pie. I made the homemade whipped cream. Seriously, never buy storebought whipped cream again (it's full of junk anyway!). This will change your life - 2 cups whipping cream, 4 tbsp. sugar, 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract. Whip in a mixer until stiff peaks form. Feel like a domestic diva.

My Thanksgiving day started with a gratitude meditation and a yoga class. My gym offered fitness classes Thanksgiving morning!

It really helped me take some time to think about what I'm thankful for. This year has been full of so many exciting changes! I'm especially grateful for all of you! Thank you so much for reading my blog, interacting with me on social media and supporting me! It means so much to me.

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Farro Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts

Posted November 24, 2015 in Thanksgiving, healthy eating, Farro Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts and 7 more


Thanksgiving is just days away! Whether you are preparing a huge feast for your family and friends or you are just showing up somewhere to eat, you must make this salad.

I first had this salad at the Ancient Grains class that I took at my local HyVee. This was my favorite dish! The BF and I loved it so much, I made it at home.

It's also on my Thanksgiving menu! The flavors in this salad are perfect for Thanksgiving. Sweet potato, cranberries, pumpkin seeds…perfection.

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Thanksgivig Recap {2015}

Posted November 27, 2015 in Thanksgiving, food, family and 7 more

I hope your Thanksgiving was full of love, laughter and delicious food!

My Thanksgiving was a bit different this year. The BF and I usually go to his grandma's house for an early afternoon dinner. But the BF has a new job, and had to work.

So we decided to make our own Thanksgiving dinner to enjoy when he got off work. And we invited my parents over.

This is the first time I made Thanksgiving dinner!

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Weekend Recap {Nov. 27-29, 2015} - Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted November 30, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, Thanksgiving and 8 more


I'm so not ready to resume real life today! My long weekend was so wonderful. It was full of family time, relaxing, putting up Christmas decorations, holiday shopping and eating delicious food.

And when I woke up to the view above...I just wanted to stay in my pajamas, drink coffee and watch Christmas movies all day.

Here's a recap of my Thanksgiving, and here's how I spent the rest of the weekend...

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How to eat mindfully during the holidays

Posted November 22, 2016 in healthy eating, mindful eating, mindfullness and 5 more

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Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention to the present, according to Psychology Today. Being mindful means you observe your thoughts, feelings and body without judgment. 

When it comes to food, we often eat mindlessly, not thinking about how our body feels, what our emotions are or even what our food tastes like. We rehash the past, beating ourselves up over eating "bad" foods. Or we focus on the future and what we can and can't eat. 

Eating mindfully allows us to tune into what we're experiencing in the present moment. It allows us to savor the food we eat, notice how our body feels before, during and after we eat, and release the judgment we have about ourselves when it comes to food choices. 

Practicing mindful eating can be especially helpful during the holidays, a time that can bring up feelings of shame about food and our bodies. 

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Thanksgiving Recap {2016}

Posted November 28, 2016 in Thanksgiving, healthy eating, yoga and 5 more

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

The BF and I had a very low key Thanksgiving this year. Since we didn't have plans for traveling, we decided to volunteer in the afternoon and have my parents over for dinner. 

The rest of our holiday weekend was relaxing. I didn't make any plans, so we just kind of went with whatever we felt like doing. 

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