Happy holidays, USANA family! Whether you’re celebrating the season bunkered down in three feet of snow or savoring a day on the beach, we wish you fun, quality time with family and friends. Precious moments with the ones you care about are a great way to recharge for the new year. It’s also a wonderful reminder (and reward) for the hard work you put in every day.
To make the most of your festivities, here are some tips for a healthy holiday season and beyond. For even more ways to maintain your merriest and brightest self, download the USANA 2019 Holiday Gift Guide. You’ll find healthy seasonal recipes, a mental healthcare planner, winter skincare tips from dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Lee, and limited-time discounts on USANA products for colder months.
Go Ahead—Treat Yourself
Eating healthy doesn’t mean missing out on the best flavors of the season. And here are 10 healthy holiday party snacks to prove it. In addition to having more beneficial nutrients than processed foods, whole foods and wholesome ingredients provide steadier energy and more satisfaction for longer. Skip the store-bought candy and whip up delicious, low-glycemic energy with this healthy energy ball recipe, courtesy of our holiday guide.
Rev3 Pistachio Energy Balls
- 1 Rev3 Energy® Surge Pack
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup pistachio nuts, divided in half
- 1 cup unsweetened dried cherries (or any dried fruit)
- 10 unsweetened medjool dates, pitted
- 1 tsp. water
- 1/8 tsp. sea salt
- Place almonds in a high-speed food processor and blend until you’ve created a meal.
- Add dried fruit, dates, Rev3 Energy Surge Pack, sea salt, and water into processor.
- Blend 2–3 minutes for a dough-like consistency.
- Add half the pistachios and pulse 30–60 seconds or until nuts are chopped, and combine with dough.
- Remove dough from processor.
- Place remaining pistachios in processor and blend until you’ve created a meal.
- Transfer pistachio blend to a small bowl and set aside.
- Scoop out dough using a 1 Tbsp. cookie scoop and roll into balls.
- Roll balls in pistachio blend.
- Surprise and delight your guests with this delicious pick-me-up treat. Like many nuts, pistachios are loaded with nutrients like healthy fats, protein, vitamin B6, and the heart-loving molecule coenzyme Q10. A dash of Rev3 Energy adds a refreshing lemon flavor and clean caffeine for a healthier alternative to the typical sugary, artificial energy products. Download the guide for a few more Santa-approved treats to try.
Make Time for Self-Care
It’s a joy to serve others this time of year. As you immerse yourself in charitable giving, remember you’re just as important. Take time for self-care. Don’t just try to find the time—make it. Set aside a few purposeful moments each day to maintain your sanity. For you, that may be a 5:00 a.m. yoga session, an evening at the theater getting lost in the beats of Hamilton, or prepping to crush your next Spartan race.
Beyond me-time, engage in breathing and mindfulness exercises regularly, eat well, stay hydrated, and put stress into perspective. It’s easy to get flustered in the hustle-bustle of holiday travel and preparation. Step back and remind yourself why you’re working so hard: to make lasting memories with good friends and family.
Keep the Family Moving
Say what you will about the Griswold family—they had some creative ways to burn calories during the holidays. Luckily, you don’t need the legendary charisma of Chevy Chase to get the whole family hustling this December. Aside from the usual holiday activities, here are a few ideas:
- Go shopping as a family. Not the mall—the grocery store! Assign out ingredients by recipe or aisle and send everyone off to gather their list.
- Learn to ice skate. No, seriously—even Hawaii has year-round rinks. Live out the clichéd daydreams of ice skating in Central Park, anywhere in the world.
- Bake for a neighbor in need. Cooking gets teens away from their phones and teaches valuable skills they’ll use for years to come. And delivering the food is humbling and totally within the spirit of giving.
However you do it, get the whole family moving—there are a ton of physiological benefits when families play and exercise together.
Jumpstart Your Holidays
Avoid the existential dread of lofty New Year’s resolutions by making time to exercise at least five days a week, especially during the last two weeks of December. Imagine reaching the new year, going through your usual workout routine without skipping a beat. Sounds amazing, right? When motivation runs low, take a moment to visualize how good it will feel to crush your New Year’s resolutions day one—or having such good habits no physical health resolutions are required.
Consciously staying active also keeps healthy living top of mind, making all the other tips easier to achieve. It also reminds you what you’re striving for: a life of health and wellness, spent with friends and family. Even if you live in a colder area of the world, there are plenty of ways to stay active in the winter. No excuses for skipping a wintertime sweat session!
And to All, a Good Night
One more time for good measure: happy holidays, all! Share some of your favorite seasonal activities and traditions with us in the comments.