Who’s starting to feel the pressure from the holidays? Don’t get me wrong, this is one of my most favorite times of the year. I love putting on hats and cold-weather gear for the first time (hey, I’m a Maine girl), I love cozying up on the couch on a cold night with a warm blanket, I love the holidays because they bring us together and make us feel truly thankful for what we DO have. On the other hand, it’s also the season to pile in comfort foods, skip our workouts (who wants to get up in the dark?) and imbibe a little bit, or a lot, of holiday cheer. It was not hard to see that if I was going to make it through the holidays resembling anything like the way I came into them, something had to be done to get my mind back in-line with my goals! It’s easy to toss your hands up and say, “next year!” And who has a Little Black Dress they hope to fit into this holiday season?! Me!
I decided a little reset was in order and put together a group of challengers who felt like they were in the same boat and we all did the 3-Day Refresh program together. This is now the third time I have done this and let me tell you, there is positively something to be said for the group accountability. Three days of gentle detox that include protein shakes, fruit and veggie-based meals and some healthy fats. At no point did I feel hungry during this time BUT the temptations around are hard to ignore. We checked-in with each other daily, posted our meals, our struggles, how we were feeling and encouraged each other to stay the course. After three days I am down 4 pounds and feeling great! That holiday discomfort is gone, my clothes fit a little bit better and, most importantly, some of my nasty little habits have been kicked to the curb: namely snacking off my kid’s plates and mindless nibbling. I’ve also managed to slay my sugar dragon and I’m hoping to keep him at bay through the rest of the holiday season. For maybe the first time all Fall, I am motivated to treat myself well and I feel like I can successfully navigate my way through the holidays! Shoot me a message if you feel like you could use a reboot yourself and I’ll get you set-up!
Now as you can imagine, there was nothing more delightful than a warm cup of coffee and eggs for breakfast on that fourth morning! I couldn’t wait to get back in the kitchen and MAKE something. This recipe for Asian-Style Meatballs was honestly the first page I opened to when I took out my 21 Day Sugar Detox cookbook. I hadn’t made them before and they looked EXACTLY like something I wanted on my plate. Plus, the recipe is easy and when it comes to cooking, that’s a prerequisite in my kitchen. This was a hit and as an added bonus, I have enough leftover for lunch today!
3 tablespoons coconut aminos
2-3 drops fish sauce (optional)
1/4 cup sliced scallions
1 teaspoon minced or grated garlic
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound ground turkey
white sesame seeds, for garnish
1 lime sliced into wedges, for garnish
Preheat oven to 425F. In a mixing bowl combine the coconut aminos, fish sauce, scallions, garlic, ginger, salt and pepper. Add the meat to the bowl and mix to thoroughly combine. Form the meat into meatballs – I got about 14 out of this.
Bake for 25 minutes on a rimmed baking sheet. Mine actually cooked a few minutes less than this. Remove from the oven and garnish with sesame seeds and lime wedges before serving.
I served this with salad greens only because I had TONS of them in my fridge that needed to be used but this would be great with zucchini noodles or a cabbage slaw. These would also freeze well.