It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year…

Halloween is over which means one thing…CHRISTMAS!!!!!! I love fall, I love everything about it. (As I’m sure you’ve gathered from my posts since August). But even more than fall, I love Christmas. Everything about Christmas. The red cups at Starbucks, the craziness at malls, the parades, the family events and most of all the Christmas music played everywhere. Let me tell you, two full months of Christmas is the best and it never gets old. With Christmas comes Chrismas shopping and Christmas baking.

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We all know what December can do to our figures. Not good, not good at all. A few too many parties involving alcoholic beverages, so many Christmas desserts and lots of turkey meals. So in November I always try to be extra healthy to prepare for this. First up yoga…yoga, yoga, yoga and even more yoga. Go as much as physically possible in November because come December you will be so crazy busy. Power Yoga Canada Waterloo, $40 for 30 days unlimited. Get your butt there asap.

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Next up: baking. I tried two new recipes on the weekend, both healthy and delicious. GF Banana Pecan Cranberry Loaf and GF Chocolate Chip Granola Bars. Both recipes I got from Joyous Health’s Blog and altered them a little. (Her blog is AMAZING.)

Banana Pecan Cranberry Loaf

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Ingredients:

1 cup of mashed bananas (mash them with a fork)
-2 organic eggs, whisk
-1/4 cup melted butter or organic coconut oil
-1/4 cup raw sugar 
-1 and 1/4 cups of brown rice flour
-3/4 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp ground cinnamon
-1/4 cup pecans, walnuts or pumpkin seeds (I used pecans but feel free to use whatever you like best, or have in your cupboard.)
-1/4 cup cranberries

Directions: Mix banana, sugar, eggs and melted butter or coconut oil in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients. Mix both batches of ingredients together and stir well. Grease a medium size loaf pan and pour mixture into it.

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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Ingredients:
-2 bananas (mash them with a fork into a bowl)
-2 cups of oats or quinoa flakes (I used quinoa flakes)
-1/2 cup chocolate chips
-2 heaping spoonfuls almond butter or peanut butter
-1 tbsp. cinnamon
-1 tsp. sea salt
-raw organic honey

Directions: In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well together. Line a square dish with parchment paper. Place the mixture into the square dish and flatten it evenly with your hands (Tip: wet your hands so the mixture doesn’t stick to you). Drizzle honey over the granola bars. Cover the container and place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Remove from the freezer, slice into bars or squares.

If only I was more tech savvy, I would add Christmas music to this blog post so as you read it, you could enjoy some great music. (How cool would that be?!) It’s the most wonderful time of the year…full of shopping and baking. What more could I ask for!?

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Christmas Tree’s make me so happy! This was Christmas Eve last year.

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” Edna Ferber

-tal xo

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