Between Thanksgiving and Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I’m starting to feel gorged in every way. It happens every year for me right as November slides into December; I start to feel almost panicked about the cookies and treats and roasts ahead for the holidays. I start to feel a sense of gloom that I’m going to roll into the new year ten pounds heavier than I was at Halloween, which doesn’t feel so merry to me. Here's how I've learned to make the holidays both happy AND healthy.
Indulge in one of these super flavorful Mahogany Grilled Chicken Legs, and fill up the rest of your plate with crispy, creamy Romaine Slaw and Simple Herbed Couscous. Finish up with this fruit-laden Cherry Apricot Almond Tart. It's a balanced plate, yet supremely satisfying ... and altogether nourishing.
You don't find a whole lot of high fives when discussing Lent. It's more like squashed up faces as people talk about giving up sugar, or deep sighs at mention of meat. But giving something up in a deliberate act doesn't have to be about deprivation. In fact, saying "no" to one thing is just a way of saying "yes" to another.