Thought for Today

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” —Albert Schweitzer

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A Healthier Holiday Meal That Still Tastes Good

Thanksgiving Dinner

As the holidays approach many of us will start planning holiday meals.  If one of your holiday traditions is spending three days in a “food coma” from overindulging stop and think, is it really worth it?  Is it really enough fun, to make yourself sick over?

This year I would like to offer a few alternatives and substitutions that are just as good without all the fat and sugar.  Trust me, they may be different but they still taste very good.

  1. Begin your meal with a salad or a light soup.  I like to begin with  a salad of spring greens, walnuts, dried cranberries and maybe a little goat cheese with a light vinaigrette dressing or a light and easy sweet potato soup made with sweet potatoes and onion cooked in water or veggie broth, with cinnamon and a dash of cayenne pepper and puree until smooth in the blender.  Sometimes we have both.
  2. Cook your turkey in a healthy way.  Don’t add extra fat by stuffing the cavity with butter or frying it.  Season the bird well and bake in the oven.
  3. Make your own cranberry sauce.  If you can boil water, you can do this.  You can control what goes into it, including what you use for sweetener.
  4. Forget the green bean casserole and serve lightly steamed fresh green beans.  Add some sliced almonds and a good squeeze of lemon juice.
  5. Leave the “candy” out of the yams.  I like to serve fresh sweet potatoes.  There are many ways to do this.  First there is baked.  You can fancy them up a bit by making them “twice baked”  either sweet or savory by what you add to them.  You can mash them.  You can cook them with apples and spice them up with cinnamon and nutmeg.  Follow this link to my recipe for Orange Spice Sweet Potatoes.
  6. Serve a healthy relish tray.  This was always included in the holiday meal when I was growing up and is still best part of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner for me.  Include lots of raw fresh veggies and fruit with a few of your favorite pickles and olives if desired.  If you want dip, consider making one without cream cheese or sour cream.  This may be done using white beans or mashed cauliflower.
  7. How about ice cream for dessert?  I like to serve pumpkin fruit cream made from frozen bananas, pumpkin puree, almond milk, pumpkin pie spices and a wee bit of molasses.

For more ideas and recipes please see my holiday book, Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holiday, available for sale in the Kindle Store.

Have a healthier holiday recipe you would like to share?  Feel free to tell us about it or post a link in the comment section.

Thought for Today

Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins

“Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.” — John Wooden
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Leaves and Divine Design

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

With 60 years of living on this earth I am still amazed at the perfection of creation and the way everything is designed to work together for our good… if we only allow it.  But we often think we know better.  How many of our health problems today are created by bad habits and unhealthy choices?  How have we damaged our mother earth by taking charge, tearing down, digging up, relocating and killing?  Is the imbalance we see in our bodies and our earth a result of humans trying to redesign creation to meet our own, often selfish, needs?

So what got me thinking about this?  Falling leaves.  Some of you may know I live in a wooded area.  We have trees — old trees and lots of them.  Things fall from the trees — nuts, leaves, branches, occasionally an entire tree falls.  We also have wildlife.  This is their home too.  But humans are not always good neighbors.

Right now we’re in the middle of the annual uproar over the falling leaves.  There are people who want them out of here and as quickly as possible.  I know this is a common practice, but why do we rake leaves out of our yards?  And why burn them?

Leaves fall from the trees with a purpose.  They cover and protect the ground over winter.  They also decompose, nourishing the ground.  It’s all part of divine design,  But because we want perfectly manicured lawns we rake them up and burn them which causes us to add fertilizer to the grass and makes the air difficult to breathe.

When we mess with creation it pushes back.  When we don’t take care of our bodies, they stop working as intended and we become ill.  When we don’t take care of the earth it begins to become uninhabitable.

It’s time to come back home to who we were created to be.  Only when we stop trying to control nature and learn to co-exist with her will we learn to live in balance and harmony.

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