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Post-Holiday Detox

A week into the new year, and it’s safe to say the holiday season is officially behind us. For me, that means it’s time to reset and get back on track in terms of a healthy lifestyle. While I never fully fall off the bandwagon, I definitely get a bit more lenient and relaxed with what I consume during the holidays (who can resist vegan Christmas cookies and hot chocolate?). So, once the holiday season ends I like to take a few days as somewhat of a “detox period” to reset my system and whip it back into shape.

With that said, if you haven’t figured it out already, today I will be sharing my post-holiday detox tips with you guys. Whether you over-indulged this holiday and are getting back on track, or you’re are just getting started with a healthy lifestyle and want to start the new year off strong, these tips are sure to get you on the right foot. Here is my quick guide to a post-holiday detox, so you can start 2018 feeling refreshed and restored.

  1. Eliminate all the bad stuff. Whenever I need to reboot my system, the first thing I do is cut out all of the bad stuff that had slipped into my diet. From a few cookies here and there to some cocktails at holiday parties with friends, over the holiday season you’re bound to indulge a little more than normal. Now is the time to cut all of that out, and get back to a strict whole foods, plant-based diet.
  2. Drink up. One word: water. We hear time and time again how important staying hydrated is, and that’s because it is true. Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces per day, and I promise you will feel a difference from the inside out. It’s crazy how big of a difference some good old h20 will do for your body. It’s easy to do once you get into a routine; just keep a filled water bottle with you all day, and you’ll find yourself sipping it more often than not.
  3. Hit the gym. If you’re looking to kick-start your workout routine, try some new workouts. I love switching up my routine to get reinspired, so if you typically run on a treadmill for cardio, try a circuit routine filled with burpees and mountain climbers instead. If you’re used to doing weight workouts with the machines at the gym, give the free weight section a try. There’s just something so motivating about trying out some new exercises when you’re feeling like you’ve plateaued or need a little kick-start.
  4. Yoga, yoga, yoga. Whether you’ve never done one downward dog in your life or you can do headstands like it’s nobody’s business, practice yoga a few times a week. It’s beneficial for your mind, body, and spirit, meaning while you get a workout you also get to find your inner zen. It’s therapeutic, so it’s perfect to detox from the inside out.
  5. Book a spa treatment. This may or may not just be an excuse to go to a spa, but I really do feel as though some good old TLC is just what the body needs when you want a little detox. Whether you choose a massage (which can have some serious healing properties!), a facial, or something else, you will feel as good as new. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, and ready to tackle your healthy lifestyle with ease.

So, while these tips may seem just like common knowledge to living a healthy lifestyle, I think that’s kind of the point. A little post-holiday detox is all about getting back to the basics in order to reset your system. Thoughts?

Do you have your own post-holiday detox plan? I’d love to hear your ideas. xx

Vegan Christmas Cookie Recipe

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One tradition that I can’t go a year without? Christmas cookies. I’ve mentioned on here before that my mom’s side of the family goes all out for Christmas cookies: her, my aunt, and my grandma spend almost a full week in December and make all different kinds of Italian Christmas cookies (about 70 different kinds and thousands of cookies total)… It’s kind of a big deal! Neighbors, coworkers, and family members look forward to receiving huge cookie trays all year long.

Since they’re not all vegan recipes, I can’t eat a lot of the cookies they make, but I have found a lot of vegan versions that they have started to incorporate during their week-long baking fest. One of my personal favorite kinds of Christmas cookies are frosted cutout sugar cookies, so my mom and I have created the perfect vegan option. It is so delicious — honestly better than any non-vegan version I’ve had. So, without further ado, here is my favorite vegan christmas cookie recipe…

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{find my cute little copper cookie cutters here}

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For the cookies:

01. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
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1 cup Earth Balance, softened
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1/4 cup vanilla almond milk (or soy or coconut milk, whatever you prefer)
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1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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1/2 teaspoon almond extract
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2 1/2 cups flour
07. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
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1 teaspoon baking soda
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1 teaspoon cream of tartar

For the icing:

01. 4 cups powdered sugar
02. 4 tablespoons vanilla almond milk
03. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

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01. In a large bowl, beat powdered sugar, Earth Balance, almond milk, and vanilla and almond extracts with electric mixer on medium speed to combine. 
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Stir in flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and cream of tartar until evenly blended, then wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours.
03. Heat oven to 375 degrees F and lightly grease cookie sheet. 
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Divide dough in half and roll each half into 1/4 inch thick sheets on a floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters and place cutouts about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
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Bake for 7–8 minutes or until edges are light brown. Remove from cookie sheet and transfer cutouts to a cooling rack.
06. In a large mixing bowl, whisk icing ingredients until smooth and evenly combined. If icing is too thick, you can add in an additional teaspoon of almond milk. Frost cookies and add sprinkles as desired. Enjoy!

 

What is your favorite holiday cookie recipe?

xoxo


check-these-out-too

01. Peppermint Patty Recipe
02. 
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03. Chocolate-Dipped Spoons
04. White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha

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