Slenderiiz Thanksgiving: 2014 Edition

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Slenderiiz Thanksgiving: 2014 Edition


The holidays are upon us, bringing not just plenty of turkey, but mashed potatoes and gravy, Aunt Sylvia’s favorite stuffing, buttery rolls and three kinds of pie with whipped cream. While Americans gain on average only one pound over the holidays, for chronic dieters it tends to be more than five pounds. That’s over a pound a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Slenderiiz has everything you need to keep you on track, and the number on the scales from increasing. Below are some ideas to help keep your Slenderiiz momentum around the holiday table.

Help yourself. Turkey is a lean source of protein, and while its high tryptophan content might make you feel a little drowsy, there’s no reason not to give in and take a nap. Naps are nature’s way of helping you reduce stress, which can be another eating trigger. As long as you avoid the darker meat and browned skin—and don’t baste it in butter or other fats—a serving of turkey is Slenderiiz-approved.

Few fruits are healthier than cranberries, and although the sugar content in commercial versions of cranberry sauce can be high, low-sugar versions used in moderation can be a good way to avoid fat-laden gravy on your turkey. Try cooking up your own with the following recipe.

1 cup cranberries
1 cup of raspberries (for sweetness)
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons stevia
1-2 tablespoons water

Bring to a simmer over low heat and cover, stirring occasionally, for about 5-10 minutes or until the cranberries pop, adding additional water as needed for texture. Use sparingly for a delicious and nutritious turkey topper. (Serves about 10)

No holiday dinner is complete without creamy mashed potatoes, but no potatoes are complete without plenty of butter or gravy, right? While potatoes are full of nutrients on their own, the high starch content converts to sugar in the bloodstream, and, for those of us who consider traditional toppings non-optional, they spell the end of dieting for the day. Mix it up this year with mashed garlic cauliflower, which has a similar look and feel, a rich, delicious taste that requires no toppings to satisfy, and about 75% less calories.

1 medium cauliflower, separated into flowerets
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper

Steam cauliflower until it pierces easily with a fork, about 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oil over medium-low heat in a medium saucepan. Add garlic and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add cauliflower and add garlic and oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Blend together with a potato masher or hand blender until of desired consistency. (Serves about 8)

Mushrooms, with plenty of garlic and rosemary, fill in nicely for bits of bread drenched in fat. Try out this version for Thanksgiving:

1 pound cremini mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ teaspoon dried rosemary or 1 teaspoon fresh, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400. Combine oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add mushrooms and toss to coat evenly. Spread mushrooms out evenly on a sheet pan and roast on center rack for 15 minutes. Stir, and roast for an additional 10 minutes. Garnish with fresh rosemary, if desired. (Serves about 4)

Of course you can enjoy all the fresh greens and steamed Brussels sprouts, broccoli, zucchini and other Slenderiiz-approved vegetables you like. Use plenty of lemon or lime juice, fresh herbs, or a vinaigrette of walnut oil and apple cider vinegar to keep the taste interesting.

Try this creamy and satisfying shake to curb your cravings for holiday sweets.

2 cups almond milk
2 scoops PureNourish (natural flavor)
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon each ground nutmeg and ground cloves, or to taste

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Pour into glass and garnish with cinnamon. (Serves about 2)

Here’s a hot drink to warm up a cold winter night from ARIIX’s very own Chef Nelda from the ARIIX Kitchen.

2 scoops PureNourish (natural flavor)
1 scoop Beauty Boost (orange flavor)
3 Choice Rooibos Chai Tea bags
⅓ cup hot almond milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
¼ teaspoon turmeric (optional)
1 dash cinnamon, for garnish

Brew teabags in 1 ½ cups hot water (just to the boiling point) for 7 minutes, covered. Place hot tea, PureNourish (natural flavor) and Beauty Boost (orange) in a blender, cover with a towel, and blend on low until smooth. Add remaining ingredients except garnish and blend on medium high to create nice latte foam. Pour in mug and sprinkle with cinnamon. (Serves about 2)

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