How to Sneak Health in During the Holidays

Natalie Langston


Eating healthy and taking care of your body always takes work, but over the holidays it’s a whole different story. With dinner parties, shortbread cookies, eggnog and the million other treats floating around in December, it’s hard to focus on what your body needs. Not to mention the time spent running around organizing gifts, hosting and finishing your work before the holiday. If you are too busy to always eat healthy, my first tip makes eating super convenient, and exceptionally nutritious!

An easy way to get your greens and daily serving of vegetables, is to take it with you when you’re leaving the house in the morning. Just one scoop of Subi’s Green Superfood blend has more than 60% of your daily nutrition. You can add a scoop to your water in the morning and then you don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day. The benefit that I love is that you don’t need to wash, chop or make a mess juicing to make a healthy drink that will power your day.

If you aren’t a big green juice fan, you can also add it to your morning smoothie to sneak in all the good stuff.

It’s also easy to get hangry this time of year especially when you’re running errands or last minute Christmas shopping. These convenient, delicious and easy to make energy balls include a full scoop of Subi’s and are great to throw in your bag to keep your energy up when you need a healthy, superfood-infused snack while running around with Christmas shopping or running errands. I love that they are all natural, with no chemicals or artificial flavouring so you can be sure you’re getting healthy raw ingredients – like maca, spirulina, goji berries, and more in every bite!

If you want to check out more details about Subi’s they are online at or you can order them online here.
See one of my favourite recipes below.

Green Power Balls

Makes 10

1 cup raw pumpkin or sunflower seeds (or mixture)

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup hemp or sesame seeds

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/4 cup subi green powder

1/2 cup pitted packed dates

1/2 cup raisins

3-4 teaspoons water

Grind the seeds and coconut to crumbs in a food processor. Add the green powder, dates, and raisins. Process until the mixture is ground down. Add 3 teaspoons of water and process. Add more water if needed to have a moist dough that easily holds together. It all depends on the moisture level of your dates. Roll into 10 balls.


Instead of driving up to the corner store, to grab that gravy mix you forgot, plan a walk in the morning to pick it up. If you live in the suburbs, what I like to do and that I find calming and de-stressing is to walk around the block and look at all the beautiful Christmas lights. It makes me remember what the holidays are really about and when you’re driving you don’t really notice them as much, but when you’re walking you can really take in the beauty of the season and slow down a little to enjoy it.

Everyone I know, and I know I sure do, overspends over the holidays. Overspending stresses me out, it stresses everyone out. What I do to relieve that stress and tension,  when I’m in the car after leaving Canadian Tire or Ikea, or waiting in line at Walmart, or even sitting at my desk is to squeeze a stress ball, like this one. It will help relieve some of your stress that has built up in your day.

Ok so you’re probably going to be cleaning before hosting a holiday get together right… so what I like to do is throw on either the ankle weights, wrists weights or both depending on what I’m doing… whether I’m wiping down the countertops in circular motions, lifting up to decorate the Christmas tree or cooking in the kitchen, it’s a great way to squeeze in little bits of exercise when you can during the holidays.

I like to use a few apps that help me to stay healthy amidst a busy season like headspace or calm which have guided meditation exercises and in just 10 minutes you’re feeling calm and grounded. If you can’t make it to the gym or yoga studio what I like to use is 5-Minute Yoga with quick and efficient workouts that are perfect for beginners. I also like Aaptiv that has over 2,500 workouts in the app and 50 new ones added weekly, from running to strength training and stretching it’s got you covered.

When you’re feeling down after inhaling half the Christmas cookies you made, know that you’re not in it alone, and hopefully you can refer to some of these tips. Most importantly remember that it’s all about balance, so enjoy your holidays (even if that means eggnog instead of milk in your coffee).

Do you have any tips for me? I’m eager to hear everyones go-to health tips.

xx n


December 8, 2017


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