You just spent the last 4 days pigging out. Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and leftover turkey sandwiches. My favorite indulgence this year was JB’s Cambozola Spinach and Artichoke dip. It’s by no means low-calorie but it is made with fresh spinach and it is to die for! We balanced the dip with our annual SunshineFIT Turkey Trot 5k with Cade in his stroller.
Cambozola Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe
*Makes enough for an 8-inch bowl about 2 inches deep. Spray your dish with olive oil for easy cleaning!
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
4 Bags of fresh Spinach sautéed with olive oil and salt/pepper and then squeeze access water out when cool.
1 Can of Artichoke hearts quarter them and then squeeze access water out using paper towels.
4 Wedges of Cambozola Cheese- break into chunks about the size of a tablespoon.
1 Wedge of Fresh Parmesan freshly grated
2 Shallots, diced
Salt and Pepper
2 heads of garlic- cut off tops, pour olive oil on top, put in foil and seal.
1 fresh baguette, sliced and toasted in oven
1. Roast garlic in oven at 350 degrees 30-45 minutes.
2. Saute shallots in a dash of olive oil till soft. Add the artichokes, a dash of salt and pepper, toss 1-2 minutes to warm and combine.
3. Separately in your baking dish: spread all Cambozola on bottom of dish. Then, add a layer of spinach. Next a layer of artichokes. Lastly, a layer of light parmesan. Repeat spinach, artichokes, and parmesan.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. When cheese is bubbly and parmesan is browned it is ready!
To serve: Spread roasted garlic on crustini, top with dip, ENJOY!
Now that you’ve indulged it’s time to re-group, sweat it out and prepare for another month of merriment! Here’s your SunshineFIT Holiday Hustle Plan to survive through New Years without breaking the zipper on your pants.
1. You need to re-hydrate and stay hydrated. Chances are, you ate and drank yourself to a hangover. You need water stat! Start your day with a full glass of water. Then continue throughout the day to drink half your body weight in ounces.Holidays call for lots of cocktails. Drink a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you have. It will slow your pace and help you fend off a holiday headache the next day.
2. Breakfast. Some days you want it, some days you don’t. Listen to your body. An easy smoothie with fruit, almond milk, and protein powder may be all you need. If you are hungry go for protein. An egg or tofu scramble with a mix of veggies is a great way to get the day started. I love apple with peanut butter for super convenience packed with protein and fiber.
3. Vegetables, vegetables, vegetables. Lunch is a great time for salad. Fresh, raw veggies are natures own diet food. Low calorie and packed with nutrients. Add a protein, a dark of olive oil and balsamic and you are all set. If you need something hot go for a veggie based soup. That means no creamy versions!!
4. Remember the 80/20 rule. This is my go to. Eat clean foods 80% of the time and save 20% for holiday indulgence. That means 3 of your meals in a week can be an indulgence. You can split up throughout your 7 days or save all three meal for one day.
5. Sweat for 40 minutes or 4 miles. Exercise is the only thing that will burn off the extra calories. Plus it makes you feel better!
6. And when you can, take a walk. I know for half the country it is freezing out but grab your coats, hats, and gloves and do it anyway. You will warm up as you go! A simple walk for 20 minutes can burn about 200 calories. It’s the perfect time to check out your neighbors holiday lights!