Tis the season of fall flavors. Comfort foods, halloween candy, celebrations galore! Bikinis and sundresses are being traded in for sweaters, leggings and Uggs. Often this is a time where our health and wellness goals are also traded in, for holiday celebrations and the ever present, pumpkin spice latte. Don't get caught up in the cycle of trick o' treating-yoself too often. Eventually those add up and we find ourselves at New Years, stuffed, bloated and ready for a "New Year, New Me." It's a vicious cycle we find ourselves in. Then the beginning of the year hits and we are motivated, ready for a change. Until day 3 when the gyms are too crowded and you're face deep in leftover Christmas cookies for breakfast.
There has to be a better way! Well there is. Coming from someone who has been stuck in the hamster wheel of staying laser focused on my own self care goals and then self sabatoges, it's important to work a little bit towards your goals every single day. This doesn't have to come from a place of scarcity or deprivation. Abundance can come in the form of your health as well. Although this is a difficult time to be balanced with the increase in socializing, typically around food, it is possible! Imagine how amazing your 2018 can be if you are ending 2017 feeling strong, healthy and committed to yourself, instead of bloated and hungover?
You can start by revamping some of your favorite comfort foods into healthy versions. Ah the ever present pumpkin spice latte. I know I love all things pumpkin, apple cider and autumn flavored. Give me ALL the cinnamon!! But those lattes, cookies and pies add up quick! So to avoid being mistaken for the Thanksgiving turkey - I revamp a lot of my fall favorites. Here is a recipe for a healthy pumpkin spice latte alternative that is JAM PACKED with flavor and won't bust your goals.
8oz Calfia Farms Toasted Coconut Milk
1/2 scoop Vegan Vanilla Shakeology
1/2 scoop Vegan Cafe Latte Shakeology
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Turmeric (great for anti inflammation)
1 tsp pumpkin spice seasoning
Blend and chug! You can add more ice/less liquid for a more ice cream like texture, or more liquid for a smoothie texture. You will be thanking yourself for this healthy latte that helps support natural energy, healthy digestion, metabolism, cell repair and your hair skin and nails will start looking radiant! Here's the thing, you don't have to skip out on EVERY fun holiday treat and in the meantime, there's healthy ways to get your sweet fix.