Healthy Holiday Treats (including recipes below! )

Even though the holidays are fast approaching, it is important to take care of your gut health. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t healthy ways to enjoy delicious foods.

We can keep our minds and bodies happy by incorporating the flavours into our diets. This will also help us to take care of our digestive health. The two are closely connected, particularly in winter when it comes to keeping our mind and gut healthy.

Winter Emotions & Gut Health

As the gut is the entirety of the digestive system, it helps maintain a healthy immune system. Because it is linked to mental health improvement, it is also part of brain health. Why? Why?

Winter weather is often associated with the onset and progression of many emotions. Most people don’t realize that emotions and poor gut health are closely linked.

Stress, fatigue, illness, anxiety, and other symptoms can profoundly impact our gut health.

Therefore, winter emotions and gut health often go hand in hand.

Serotonin and the Gut

Cell Journal published a study that found 90% of the serotonin in the gut. Serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter that transmits messages between nerve cells, is a powerful chemical. It is thought to play a role in many aspects of life, including mood, social behaviour, appetite, digestion, sleep, and memory. Low serotonin is thought to cause depression, although it is unclear what causes it.

Leaky gut has been associated with a deficiency in serotonin, produced by the gut bacteria–microbes.

It would be beneficial to take good care of your gut if emotional well-being chemicals are primarily produced in the stomach.

 

Take care of your Gut.

It’s been shown that many people lack the motivation and willpower to make healthy choices in winter. You hear many people who gain holiday weight or eat comfort foods that aren’t very healthy or have sugars or fats that don’t help their gut.

Over-indulging in bread, pasta, chocolate, refined sugars, and flours can cause inflammation, bloating, and severe pains. Many people lack the motivation to exercise in the dark.

These trends aside, it is important to remain healthy. Stay active and eat nutritious foods.

You might want to consider a variety of nutrients, including probiotics, zinc, protein, and vitamins A, C, and E.

Holy Crap makes nutrition simple. You can enjoy eating healthy by finding creative ways to increase your fibre, probiotics, and other beneficial nutrients.

Holiday Treats that Will Make Your Gut Happy

These ideas are great for cold winter days. These make great gifts for family members and friends.

Chocolate Chip Coconut Bliss Balls

These energy bites are described as “small balls full of joy.”

Tip – To give your holiday taste a boost, you can add a little peppermint extract to yours.

Fruit and Nut Bars

Over the holidays, fruits and nuts seem to be inseparable. This combination is both nutritious and fuelling. This recipe is a combination of energy and warmth.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

It’s the perfect treat for holidays and chocolate cake. There is no reason to believe that eating cake should cause health problems. This recipe uses superseded mix with a few other high-fibre ingredients. It is delicious and great for watching Christmas movies.

Holy Crap Christmas Cookies

As a holiday treat, chocolate and cranberries go hand in hand. These cookies can be packaged and given as gifts or enjoyed as a healthy holiday treat. They may seem like a “good” choice for you.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups almond flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup Holy Crap Maple + gluten-free Oats cereal

1 tsp vanilla

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup coconut sugar

1/4 cup cranberries

1/4 cup chocolate chips or vegan chocolate chips

1 egg

1/2 cup butter, margarine, vegan butter

1 tbsp almond butter

 

Directions:

Mix the flour, cinnamon and baking soda with the gluten-free oatmeal. Set aside.

Mix the butter and sugar in a bowl until they are fluffy.

> Mix the milk, egg, vanilla, and sugar into the butter and sugar until you get cream.

> Add all dry ingredients slowly until well combined. Don’t over mix.

> Add the chocolate chips and cranberries.

Place a spoonful of the batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden.

Let cool on a cooling rack for five minutes.

Tip: Serve with steamed oatmeal milk for an extra indulgent experience

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