- 1 La Terra Fina Spinach & Kale Dip made with Greek Yogurt
- 1 cup cranberries
- ½ cup water
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
- snap peas
- Heat a small pot over high heat with cranberries, water and maple syrup. Cook on high until the water is evaporated and all of the cranberries are popped. Take off heat and set aside to cool.
- While the cranberry sauce is cooling, prepare your platter with crackers, snap peas, almonds, grapes, walnuts, honey, radishes, and anything/everything your heart desires.
- When the cranberry sauce is cooled, stir it into your La Terra Fina Spinach & Kale Dip and top with pomegranate seeds. Add your dip to your platter and serve.
- EAT UP!
I wanna brush up on what my tagline “celebrate health-ier” means. I added it to the blog when I was looking for more direction, more of a “niche” so-to-speak. And it hit me – my “niche” is exactly who I am, a southern girl who loves southern food but also loves being healthy. (Yes, you can love both.) And it’s totally okay! Health for me has been finding the middle ground between the two worlds. Health is somewhere in between fried chicken and a juice cleanse. It’s doing a little bit every day, and CELEBRATING your progress along the way.
Health isn’t about perfection. It isn’t about fitting into a certain size, and it isn’t about starving yourself. In fact, there are times where being healthy means eating the dang cookie and cutting yourself some slack. I don’t think that health involves punishment. EVER. Let me repeat that… health does not involve punishment. That means there are no retribution workouts and no cutting calories to atone for your “food sins.” Health involves a lot of self-forgiveness and heaps of self love.
Celebrating health-ier isn’t about a specific diet. In fact, I believe that health and healthy means something different to EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. And it should! Our bodies are all different, and therefore we all need a different kind of nurturing. I do think that going meatless, or dairy free, or gluten free, or refined sugar free at least some of the time is better for our bodies. So we make the effort, and we don’t get upset if we “fail.” Health is a lifelong journey – be patient.
Celebrating health-ier is also about taking care of ourselves mentally, spiritually, and physically. Our bodies and minds are so directly connected that you can’t fix one without effecting the other. In fact 90-95% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the lining of your stomach! So health and happiness are truly directly related. Make health-ier choices, and you just might find yourself a happier person. You might even call that “brewing happiness” in your life. (Get it?!?)
So let’s talk a little more specifically about what this philosophy looks like when applied… this past weekend was a holiday weekend for many people: Christmas. A lot of you ate some delicious sugary treats and drank eggnog till you felt like you might burst. Now, it might be your instinct to jump to the opposite end of the spectrum this week – promise yourself you’ll only eat salad and you’ll go to the gym every day or whatever it is for you. But the health-ier way to do this, would be to forgive yourself, know that it’s only once a year and give yourself some love. Maybe you do want to add more veggies and reduce the amount of dairy/sugar/meat you eat this week, or maybe you commit to just moving for 30 minutes a day. But PLEASE remove the pressure to return to your pre-holiday weight or workout until you feel “skinny” again. Your body shouldn’t be a war zone.
Being health-ier also means giving yourself credit for the progress you do make, for the veggies you do eat, for the meals you do cook. CELEBRATE THAT SHIT. Be proud of yourself. You kill more flies with honey or whatever the heck that phrase is. Meaning, in the same way that you can’t change others by being mean to them and forcing them into things they don’t want to do – the same applies to your health journey. Then nicer you are to yourself the easier it gets. And health should be easy. And fun. Yes, fun.
This weekend is New Years Eve. There will be more parties, there will be more drinking. Prep yourself with some deep breaths, some self love, and some Cranberry Pomegranate Spinach and Kale Dip. Heck! It’s got spinach and kale and greek yogurt and fruit in it, so it’s the perfect decadent yet healthy treat for your party. And since half of the ingredients are La Terra Fina Spinach & Kale Dip, it’s REALLY easy to prep. Meaning, you have more time to do important things like enjoy yourself.
So even if you eat all of the dip, it’s okay. (I don’t blame you – it’s really good.) And even if you drink all of the things, it’s okay. There is no right or wrong on this journey, we just learn lessons and commit ourselves to remembering them. That way we can make health-ier choices the next time around. Be nice to yourself, and don’t forget to celebrate the journey! xoxo