Check out this shocking statistic: The average person eats 5000 calories on Thanksgiving day and typically gains a few pounds between thanksgiving and christmas.
To put the calories into perspective, most of us are eating anywhere from 1500-2500 calories on any given day, and 3500 calories is equal to one new pound of fat on your body. Most Thankgiving dinners ring in at around 3000 calories and that doesn’t include all the other foods and drinks you’ve enjoyed throughout the day. Oiy-vay!
BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS! Yes, we promise, the bBar is coming (things always take longer than you think they will! 🙂 – Opening in early December! (the week of December 10th)!
We are also thrilled to announce our new head chef, Susan Sbicca, former co-owner and executive chef of the award winning Sbicca & the Meritage restaurant & bar in Encinitas. She was named Chef of the Year in 2006 by the California Restaurant Association and has numerous other accolades. Since leaving Sbicca, she has become a vegetarian and raw food evangelist, sharing her passion for clean, raw, plant based foods in her culinary adventures incluing her DELCIOUS Millies Raw ice cream. Susan is a beautiful person inside and out and we are absolutely thrilled to have her join the BEAMING team!
This week, Susan and our culinary team (Susan here with our GM and raw food chef extraordinaire, Simone Powers) were in the kitchen preparing some of the most delicious salads, smoothies, juices and raw foods we have ever tasted. Look out San Diego, you are in for a real treat! The bBar will be unlike any “juice bar” you have ever experienced! And its almost here…we promise! :-)!!!
Stay Lean and BEAMING this holiday season!
Before Thanksgiving visit the farmers market for the freshest seasonal foods. Put a bowl of seasonal persimmons, asian pears, and apples on the counter for healthy snacks or to stave off the sweet tooth when left over pecan pie is floating through your brain.
Watch the cheese plate! This is where the calories (and high acid foods causing inflammation!) add up quickly. It is easy to consume over 1000 calories snacking on hors d’ouevres, cheese & crackers, etc.
Eat Breakfast. Starting your day with a proper meal can give you more control over your appetite later in the day. Thanksgiving day is no exception. Make a holiday inspired bowl of oats with pumpkin pie spice, or chia porridge with pomegranate arils and persimmon.
Start your day with a green juice and/or a smoothie made with our new Raw Plant Based Superfood Protein Blend(s). With 16 grams of high energy plant protein and over 12 superfoods, you will fuel yourself while feeling light and fulfilled. We even have some delicious recipes for you to jazz up your liquid meals!
Get Active. Make fitness a family plan today. Holidays are meant to be spent with your loved ones, so take an early day walk or hike together, and another one after dinner. Some yoga studios have modified schedules. Slip in for an early class to center and ground yourself. Set an intention to give thanks for what you have been given and to consume your thanksgiving meal without greed. Acknowledge your many blessings, and send love to those who may not have the food, family, or the fortune that you do.
Watch the vino and alcohol. Don’t get us wrong, we know the holidays are about celebrating and a great glass of wine or peppermint schnapps is part of the celebration. What’s important is that you check in with yourself to see if you really need that extra pour. Each glass of wine or cocktail can add an extra 100-500 calories not to mention a nice poofy face the next day. If you are going to drink, vodka and tequila with soda and limes or lemons are your best option. Another great way to still fill like you are “cocktailing” with friends is to alternate between your drink and a cup of tea (this is one of our best secrets!).
Lighten up your traditional fare. Use sugar substitutes like stevia or fresh fruit like dates in desserts and fruit purees like applesauce, pumpkin, and banana instead of oils in baked goods. Reduce oil where you can and substitute butter with ghee which contains no lactose and Ayurvedically is known to have many healing properties. Revamp dips and mashes that would typically use cream. Try plain yogurt in those creamy dips, mashed potatoes, and casseroles instead. Roast vegetables like beets, carrots, and parnips with rosemary or other fresh herbs, and sprinkle cinnamon and ghee over roasted butternut squash.
When filling your plate, choose the best bets on the buffet. Make 75% of your plate plant based. Pick lean white meat, roasted veggies, and salads. Even pumpkin pie tends to be less calorically dense than many other desserts (it’s still full of sugar though, so keep it to one slice).
Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding
This pumpkin pudding tastes a lot like pumpkin pie and is filled with omegas and fiber.
Serve in small glass cups topped with shredded coconut and raisins.
2 cups vanilla almond milk
1/2 to 1 tsp of vanilla extract
5 Tbsp whole chia seed
approx 5 pitted medjool dates (reach your desired sweetness with more or less dates or add a little liquid stevia)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
one small pinch of sea salt (to offset sweetness)
1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
Put everything in a Vita mix or high powered blender and blend away. Store in a glass container in the fridge to thicken.
Will thicken slightly as it sets.
It’s DELICIOUS and can be used in smoothies and baked goods like muffins and pancakes. (Soy, Gluten, Dairy Free. And of course no GMOs!)
We developed this proprietary blend after being very unsatisfied with the protein blends we found on the market. We wanted something RAW, ORGANIC and filled with our favorite superfoods that tasted great….We believe we have done exactly what we set out to do and are thrilled to now be able to offer our nutrient packed Superfood Plant Protein blends (one with Greens (Spirulina, Chlorella, Blue Green Algae) and one without) to all of you. Enjoy!!
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