Sports Dietitian, Exercise Physiologist and Gennev Health Coach, Stasi Kasianchuk has updated some favorite recipes to accommodate the realities of menopause symptoms. You don’t have to give up or miss out when you can modify it!
It’s the holidays, and the indulgences of the season are part of the fun! But when you’re dealing with menopause symptoms, you might be better off setting yourself some limits.
Reducing sugar and alcohol intake during menopause can help you manage symptoms such as hot flashes, disrupted sleep, headaches, and irritability. However, the time from Thanksgiving to New Year’s is not the easiest time of the year to forego sugar and alcohol; attempting to eliminate them entirely can quickly tip you into frustration and, ironically, over-indulgence.
The holiday season tends to mean an increase in foods and beverages that are higher in calories, fat, sugar, and alcohol. While all of these ingredients can fit, excessive amounts can have consequences, especially during menopause.
Instead of limiting your holiday fun, check out the following recipes which help to modify the amount of sugar and alcohol. Sharing these at your next holiday gathering can set you up for sustainable success when it comes to nutrition during the holidays.
Make this a day ahead of time and enjoy with whole-grain crackers, raw veggies, or veggie chips. Increase the oil to ¾ cup to thin the sauce for a salad dressing or topping for chicken breast, salmon, or tofu.
Pulse all ingredients – except nuts – in a food processor until incorporated. Add nuts and pulse until mostly smooth. Ingredients*Adapted from Pinch of Yum 5 Minute Magic Green Sauce
Nutritionally enhance your cocktails with fruits and veggies for flavor without the added sugar.
Mix ingredients and serve straight up or on the rocks.
Alcohol can be omitted for a fancy bubbly mocktail.
These can be made several days ahead of time and stored in the fridge. They are packed with anti-inflammatory nutrients and can be put out with the holiday cookies or enjoyed as a quick snack when you’re on the go!
Adapted from Super Food Snacks-Chocolate Cherry Goji Bars by Julie Morris
Our recent blog post “Holiday Nutrition Tips for Women and Menopause” provides additional practical strategies to keep your nutrition optimal during the holidays.
Have you adapted some holiday favorites? Or do you throw caution to the wind at this time of year? Whatever you do, we’d love to hear about it on our community forums, so won’t you join the conversation?
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