Holiday Health Trap
The holidays seem to go hand in hand with indulgence. This is, perhaps, the most difficult time of year to stick with a healthy eating plan. For me, the hardest part isn’t the temptation everywhere I look (though that isn’t easy). It is dealing with the traditions of food. So many of my holiday traditions are entwined with what I eat. It just doesn’t feel like the holidays without a few of my favorite treats.
I don’t mind indulging a little, with a bite of peppermint bark here, and sip of eggnog there. The hardest part is dealing with the food items that I CAN’T eat, not that I choose to limit or avoid. Specifically, baked goods. As soon as the holidays roll around I start craving my aunt’s molasses spice cookies, or some Russian tea cakes. Sadly, unless I wanted to spend my holiday in the emergency room, gluten and nuts will always be off the menu for me. So, I get creative. I have to, right?
One tradition I find impossible to give up, is a spicy cinnamon coffee cake on Christmas morning. I love a fluffy cake, and a crumbly and buttery topping to pair with my hot cocoa. Thankfully, I’ve found a great way to recreate my traditional New York Coffee Cake using no grains, nuts, or dairy. Best of all, it is Paleo compliant (though not Whole 30). I wouldn’t say this is a “healthy choice”, but as far as indulgence goes, you will certainly walk away with less guilt after enjoying this coffee cake.