Staying Healthy During the Holidays

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 6, 2010

It is feeling a lot like the holidays around here!

Last night, Eric and I put up our tree, outdoor lights, and decorations and we also received our first snowfall overnight. :)

You may have assumed that I had the holiday decor up weeks ago, but the truth is, we didn’t have a chance until last night!

I’m glad the decorations are up now though…except for a couple that really creep us out


They are a Liddon family heirloom, that is all I’m going to say about that. ;) Sketchie’s tail poufs up when he sees them by the staircase. It isn’t pretty.

Thank you for your support for my Challenge #9 Project Food Blog post yesterday! It is crazy to think that this challenge has been going on since September and we are down to the final round this coming Sunday!!

I feel like I have aged 30 years and sprouted about 100 new grey hairs. bahaha. Good times, good times. ;)

They are cutting 12 contestants down to just 3 this Friday, so your votes will make all the difference in helping me advance to the final 10th round. All you do is click the heart to vote and if you don’t have an account, simply enter your email and username to register. It is quick to sign up! It will also help out if you re-tweet your vote on Twitter and ‘like’ the post on Facebook.

Click here to be taken to the page and thank you in advance for sticking with my crazy self throughout this contest!


Staying Healthy During the holidays

It is that time of the year when my healthy eating can take a nosedive and I find myself losing motivation as the days get shorter and shorter.

The urge to hibernate is strong my friends.

Sketchie knows what I’m talking about. He has been sleeping beside the heat vent for days on end, only to move when he hears a clinking sound in his food dish.

Luckily, with each new day we can commit to making healthy choices, even if the odds do seem to be stacked against us!

On December 1st, I made a commitment to myself:

Every day for the month of December, my goal is to get a hefty serving of vegetables into my diet in some form. This could be in the form of Green Monsters, salads, soups, or other foods loaded with veggies.


So far, it has been going well and I am feeling more energized than I was in November!

Yesterday, I talked very briefly about the salad and dressing that I adapted from The Coup Cookbook and I wanted to go into more depth about it today because I am head over heels in love with this salad.

It is my new favourite salad and I will be eating it frequently over the holidays to keep me energized and satisfied.



Club Med Salad with Tahini Lemon Garlic dressing

This salad is incredibly delicious, filling, and a great way to pack in a ton of vegetable servings in one meal.

Adapted from The Coup Cookbook.

Makes 1 large salad.


  • 3-4 cups of Your favourite greens (I used organic mixed greens)
  • 3-4 pickles (I used sweet pickle slices), chopped into small pieces
  • 6 black olives, pitted and chopped, optional
  • 1/2 Red banana pepper cut into rings OR 1/2 regular red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 orange pepper, chopped
  • 5-8 sundried tomatoes
  • Handful of sprouts
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 1/4-1/2 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1/4 cup beets, shredded
  • 1-2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2-3 tbspTahini Lemon Garlic Dressing (follows below)
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas or my Crispy chickpea bites (

Directions: Place all ingredients into a bowl except the dressing and sesame seeds. Drizzle on dressing and lightly toss. Sprinkle on sesame seeds and serve. See below for dressing recipe.




Tahini Lemon Garlic Salad Dressing

This salad dressing is creamy and thick with a sharp, peppery quality. It is my new favourite! Use it on salad or even as a delicious dip for vegetables.


  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Directions: In a food processor, process all ingredients until smooth. Makes about 1.5 cups.



This salad really knocks my socks off and Eric even said it was delicious! This is good news coming from a former vegetable hater. :)


The dressing also just takes 5 minutes to throw together.

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For the past few days I have been having a nightly snack of chopped veggies and dressing. It is a wonderful snack that leaves me feeling satisfied thanks to the healthy fats.



Creamy and thick.



Have you made any goals to stay healthy over the holidays? What are your tips and tricks for staying on track?

As part of my next post I will be showing you the workout music that has been keeping me motivated during my workouts!

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Laurab @ foodsnobstl December 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm

That is a great and easily attainable goal! I try to be sure to workout the same number of times a week, even if it is just for 20 ofr 30 minutes.


Hayley December 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Does anyone know how to sign up for new post notifications? Thank you in advance!


jen December 7, 2010 at 2:31 pm

My goal for December was to just not gain any weight, but as of yesterday I’m down 4lbs, so I’m not complaining!
Your salad looks incredible!!! Thanks for sharing :)
Good luck with the last round of Project Food Blog!!



April @ Crazy Fabulous Life December 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm

That spoon is tripping me out! I kept trying to figure out why you had a stick in your dressing :-)


Nichole December 7, 2010 at 3:14 pm

That salad looks sensational! I live for bountiful, gigantic salads…

My holiday goals include eating more salad, more healthy smoothies, fresh fruit daily, more running, and making it to the gym at least once a week. So far, I haven’t gained an ounce, which is impressive given the recent deluge of baked goods….


Melissa @ Vegan CacaoBee December 7, 2010 at 3:37 pm

My main goal to stay healthy over the holidays is to keep exercising consistently, even when I am super busy. I plan my workouts for the week, and I just try not to think about what else I could be doing. In the words of Nike, I “Just Do It.” Good luck in the next round of Project Food Blog! You have done an AMAZING job!!!


Jessica December 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm

I’ve decided to make this a “December to remember” and posted my goals on my blog. Writing them down even if no one else reads them helps me a lot. I also like to journal about my progress, just a quick note here and there to help me realize that I am moving towards my goal.


Lauren December 7, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I’m pretty addicted to fruits/veggies/whole grains so eating during the holiday season isn’t too big of a deal. I definitely make room for some sweet treats (in moderation) though and remember to keep moving. Luckily, I belong to a healthy eating family so holiday dinners tend to be pretty healthy :)


Hannah December 7, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Thanks for the recipe!! I just made a modified version for my lunch tomorrow!!!


Cami (Health & Happiness) December 7, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Just voted for you!! Wishing you all the luck :)


Cara Craves... December 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm

No real set goals…I just continue to eat a healthy and balanced diet, do some exercise…never deprive myself…life is way too short for that.


Whitney December 7, 2010 at 10:40 pm

How long will the dressing last in the refrigerator? Sounds soo yummy!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 7, 2010 at 10:56 pm

im not sure because it is my first time making it…I would guess a week!


Caitlin December 8, 2010 at 12:42 am

Looks delish! I too have dared myself to a heap of veggies daily. I also created a facebook group for my girlfriends and I to keep each other accountable, post our successes as well as our over indulgences. I’ve also taken to posting inspiring exercise/mental health/cooking articles on the group. Most recently I asked my bffs if anyone is feeling up for a 5k after the New Year in order to keep our motivation up when apart over the holiday. I’ve never run a race before so we’ll see!!!


tweal December 8, 2010 at 7:19 am

I have not made any goals and I have no interest in staying ‘on track’ – there is just too much delicious food around the holidays and I refuse to deny myself! Of course, I don’t expect my pants to fit in January but that is when I focus on getting healthier :)

Lovely salad, btw. Tahini dressings are the best.


Deborah December 8, 2010 at 11:13 am

Mmmmm, I made this for dinner last night. We LOVED it! The dressing is so creamy and delicious. Thanks so much for sharing! :-)


Melissa December 8, 2010 at 11:18 am

That salad looks amazing! I will definitely be trying it.

Thank you for the inspiration to keep up the healthy choices through the holiday season. It can be hard.

You have inspired me to focus on including an abundance of veggies in my daily diet, even though the CSA veggies are dwindling. At this time of year, I go through this adjustment period of, “What?! I have to buy vegetables at the grocery store?! What do I eat now!?” :-)

Thank you!


Sheila Viers | Live Well 360 December 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm

That salad looks insaaanely yummy. I’ve been adding peanuts and re-heated butternut squash to my salads and have been loving them!

This holiday season, my goal is t eat mindfully. No multi-tasking, taking time to really enjoy small portions of whatever foods I really want to enjoy. You might think that my plate would be filled with all kinds of sweets and traditionally “naughty” foods, but it’s not. I enjoy the sweets and so on, but I find myself really filling my plate with the veggies and the traditionally healthy choices much more than the sweets.

All in all, I believe that the holidays are made out to be such a time of over-indulgence on unhealthy foods, when really it’s much more about people’s relationship with eating than it is about the food itself.

I actually decided to write a 30-Day challenge (one post for each day through December) on this very topic!


carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream December 15, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Tried the Tahini Lemon Garlic dressing! SO GOOD! I also made a little bit with mustard in the mix and used it on a pita wrap… SO GOOD! Thanks for the inspiration and great recipe!


Gems August 31, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Hi, I just have to say all your recipes look amazing, I can’t wait to start trying them! I wondered the salad dressing you have up there ^^^ How lond would it keep for do you think in an airtight container in the fridge?! Many thanks Gems :D


Jennifer December 4, 2013 at 11:36 am

What could I use instead of oil? Trying to do no fat here! Gotta get my honey’s cholesterol down! Thanks.



Cat March 10, 2015 at 5:36 pm

So I made this the night before and put it back in my fridge…. By the morning the yeast had had quite a party in my fridge. Thankfully it was in a sealed glass jar. What’s the secret to it not multiplying like crazy? I’m assuming the whole one and a half cups are not meant to use in one serving…. It smelled so good last night… Help!


Cat March 10, 2015 at 5:41 pm

Um never mind. Learned the hard way about nutritional vs regular yeast….


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