I love the end of the year because it heralds a time to celebrate all of the things we’ve enjoyed, endured, and endeared to our hearts in the past year. Celebration is important because it validates all that we are, and when desired, to others who witness our becoming. In the celebration of the season nourish yourself by spending time with loved ones, self-care in the busy pace and, of course, enjoy delicious treats that are sustaining and supportive during this stressful time.
I wish each of you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season filled with all the goodness you can devour!
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cups
Go ahead and have some chocolate! Dark chocolate (72-85% cocoa) contains minerals such as iron and manganese to support blood flow, is chock full of antioxidants, and can even help lower blood pressure (great after a day of shopping). Peppermint helps with digestion and can perk up a tired mind! With only 4 ingredients, this sweet treat from Cookie and Kate is quick and easy to assemble.
Holiday Energy Bars
While you might not bring these to your company potluck, these good for you bursts of energy are great to keep in the car or your bag to fuel this busy season. The oats offer a complex carbohydrate to help you to avoid an energy crash. The nuts provide fiber and protein to keep you on the “go,”. And, the cinnamon helps decrease any inflammation from stress and other sugary treats. Enjoy!
Cranberry Crumb Bars
No holiday is complete without cranberries! This gorgeous fruit helps support the immune system, may keep cholesterol down, and may improve digestion following typical heavy-holiday meals! This recipe has the right amount of sweet and tart to make a festive party in your mouth!