My goodness! I really can’t believe there are just a few days left of 2016. Time is just gone in the blink of an eye but that is why we have to live everyday to its fullest, you know? I’m thankful for this year and all that came with it but I’m a little tired, not physically but emotionally, so I’m ready for a brand new year. We have so much to look forward to with a new year, and I can’t wait to start making plans! I have high hopes for 2017 and believe that if I give it my all, great things will happen.
Last week we celebrated my favorite holiday of the year: Christmas. Our Christmas was a little different this year. Typically, we will take a week off and drive home to North Carolina and spend time with friends and family. Because Wiley’s sister had just gotten married back home at the beginning of December we decided not to make the trip back. We hosted my mom at our house for Christmas and it was great. I love to plan and coordinate so it was super fun brainstorming ideas of what we would do while my mom was visiting. We kept up with some of our most fun traditions like making cutout sugar cookies and driving around to look at lights. Wiley and I are usually the people who love to be on the go, traveling from one place to the next but it was really nice being in our house. We did miss his family quite a bit and don’t plan on making a habit out of not being with each other over the holiday. The most important part to us is spending quality time with the ones we love and we missed a little piece of that this time around.
So I know that there is always so much food to be had around the holidays but there are certain ways to splurge so that you don’t feel awful when it’s all over. My biggest tip: don’t overdo the sugar. Sugar is everywhere this time of year and people have a tendency to just eat whatever is in sight. I try to make a few conscious decisions during these weeks that will contribute to my health and not make me feel like I’ve done bad things to my body. Instead of munching on all of the holiday fixins, I make sure to take a bag of nuts with me wherever I go in case I get hungry. Instead of eating handfuls of cookies I make smoothie bowls, I still feel like I’m getting a little treat but am not wrecking my eating habits. This Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl is super yummy and nutritious while still satisfying that sweet tooth. I hope you love it!