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Thanksgiving Gratitude Wreath and Tips.
Upcoming Cooking Class
Upcoming Events
Pumpkin Smoothie and Persimmons.
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Season of Thanks

I am thankful for so much in my life, and these three crazy kids are sure a big piece of that and drive my passion to help families live healthy, happy lives.
                                    
                   
Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away.  We should count our blessings all year long, but let’s face it, most of us are running around trying to get through the day and seldom sit down and appreciate all that we have. 

This year, I am using an idea I heard to make a Gratitude Wreath with my family.  How fun is that? Have everyone at your gathering write what they are thankful for on a leaf and attach them together to form a wreath of gratitude. 

Or you can make a fancy one like this. . .beautiful!  (But my house is full of kids crafts so I think I'll go the simple route this year!)

What an excellent way to kick off the busy holiday season.  I will post ours on my Facebook page, so be sure to like my page to see what we end up with, and please share yours there as well!

Warmly,
Angie



3 Quick Tips to Getting Through Thanksgiving without Ending in a Food Coma:

  1. Choose only the foods you love and take small amounts of each. Don't take what you can do without (for me, that's mashed potatoes!).  Enjoy the special meal and savor every bite.  You can eat everything you love if you take small portions of each.  Don't make any food you love off-limits and you won't feel deprived.
  2. Enjoy your food slowly.  Try to chew each bite a minimum of 10-20 times.  Slowing down gives your brain time to get the signal you're full.  If you are filling up but want dessert, wrap up the rest for later and save room so you don't get over-stuffed!  The thought that we will never have this food again is what can lead to overeating.  Tell yourself you can finish the small portion of stuffing tomorrow and stop before you hit overload!
  3. Enjoy your company.  While the food is usually the star, the holiday is about family and friends.  If you put more emphasis on conversation, there will be less need to eat unconsciously.
Surviving the holidays, or Enjoying the holidays? You decide.

To some, the hustle and bustle, stress and overabundance of alluring food make for a season to survive.  Get through it without gaining too much weight and losing too much sleep. 

What if the holidays meant staying cool and collected around the cookie trays and enjoying the season without straying from your goals? 

If you want a partner who will give you support, systems and accountability to stick to your intentions and jump into the new year with confidence, contact me now to schedule a free Health Strategy Session.

For those who like to kick the New Year off with a fresh start, I have a group program starting in January that will jumpstart your health for a fabulous year ahead.  Watch my Facebook page for details!


Upcoming Events

I have some fun events coming up and I would love to see you!

Healthy Quick Dinner Tips and Free Lunch!
A fun, free Health Talk sponsored by Nicole Rosandich of PHH Home Loans
Thursday, Nov. 21
Doors open 11:30am
PHH Home Loans in Edina.
Free, click here to RSVP and reserve your seat!

Dr. Sarah Peters and I Present Wellness Wednesdays
An ongoing series for quick health tips.
In December, we're sampling HEALTHY TAKES ON HOLIDAY TREATS
Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 
11:30am or 6:45pm
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Ovations Salon and Spa in Excelsior.
Free, click here to RSVP and reserve your seat!




Green Pumpkin Smoothie

Pumpkin?  Yummy.  Green?  Why not, it's my favorite color!

1-2 handfuls spinach
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 medjool date OR stevia to taste
1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice*
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup ice
1 tbsp. chia seeds (optional)

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

It may be green, but it's definitely pumpkin!

*Start with 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice and add more to your liking.


Upcoming Cooking Class

Join the fun at my cooking classes!

Upcoming Class in Eden Prairie

Think Holiday Baking has to include White Flour and Refined Sugar?
Think again!
Tuesday, Dec. 17
6:00pm
$40 through 12/10, $50 after 12/11

Contact me to RSVP now. Hurry, spaces are limited!

Can't make Dec. 17? 

I can bring the recipes to you!  Get a group together and I will give a fun, holiday cooking class for your group!
 
Private cooking classes now available.  Contact me for more information!

Read testimonials here.
 
     Persimmons!

 Try this delicious fruit in season now! Read about it here.
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Angie@ajhealthyfamilies.com
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