Decorate, Navigate, Celebrate

Now your table is set and we have shared some tips on how to navigate it, so when do we get to eat? All good things come to those who wait. We workout out so that we can indulge on special occasions like this but whether you are cooking the feast or assigned a dish to make, why not keep it on the healthier side. Put together a healthy menu that includes a lot of vegetables like side dishes and healthy salads. Pick delicious, fresh and organic ingredients.

DECORATE

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Dress up your table with a runner. What else would we choose to accessorize the table with if not a decoration that aligns with fitness (wink wink). If your guests will be sitting at one long table or you don’t want to completely cover a table with redeeming features, the table runner is the way to go. Consider using a wide runner, which adds texture, color and interest without obscuring the table beneath. It also creates continuity making the table appear larger than it is. You can use a monochrome palette or get creative and add candles in varying heights, antique picture frames or lacquered boxes filled with dried fruits, candies, or flowers in seasonal hues.

NAVIGATE 

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Navigating the Turkey Day table can be challenging. It’s not as if it’s one dish staring back at you. It’s a table filled with some of your favorite Thanksgiving treats and they are calling your name. Here a few tips to keep in mind when deciding what to pour into your glass and put on your plate.

  1. Drinks – Avoid sugar! Especially mulled wines and ciders. If you are having alcohol, stick with the clear kind and a natural mixer like lime, lemon, or a fruit puree.
  1. Appetizers – The key here is to make sure you’ve eaten beforehand. A veggie platter is perfect.
  1. Mains – Stick with vegetables or fish. Keep the sauces to a minimum as well.
  1. Sides – When in doubt, choose COLOR! Go for greens, oranges, reds – that usually means they are a vegetable.
  1. Dessert – Go ahead and indulge, but within reason and small portions.

CREATE

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So now your table is set and we have shared some tips on how to navigate, when do we get to eat? All good things come to those who wait. We workout out so that we can indulge on special occasions like this but whether you are cooking the feast or assigned a dish to make, why not keep it on the healthier side. Put together a healthy menu includes a lot of vegetables like side dishes and healthy salads. Pick delicious, fresh and organic ingredients.

These are two of Coach Safia’s favorite side dishes to include in your Thanksgiving menu or to prepare if you’re invited somewhere as a guest.

1) Sautéed Duo of Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 3 yellow potatoes, average size, peeled, and chopped in to small cubes
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled, and chopped in to small cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp. duck fat or your favorite high heat oil
  • A few sprigs of flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • Sea salt and fresh pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. In a large pan melt the duck fat over medium heat, add the garlic, and fry for about 1 minute without browning
  1. Add the sweet potatoes, salt, and pepper to the pan and stir frequently until the potatoes have taken on a golden color (about 15 minutes)
  1. When almost cooked, add the parsley and stir well
  1. Serve immediately

2) Sautéed Yellow Beans

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of fresh, preferably organic, yellow (or green) string beans
  • 4 or 5 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1/2 cup of coriander or parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of Grapeseed Oil
  • Salt and black pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Clean the string beans and rinse them with water
  1. Steam the green beans for about 10 minutes. The beans need to remain crunchy. I recommend using a rice cooker with a steaming option
  1. Crush the garlic cloves and then sauté them in a skillet with the grapeseed oil for a few minutes until they start to turn brownish
  1. Add the yellow string beans to the skillet and then the chopped coriander or parsley. Sauté them with the garlic for about 10 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper to taste

The best cure for overindulgence is a little SWEAT, and our low-impact AKTone class is the perfect post-celebration reset! If you are staying in town head over to the studio and if you are out of town or traveling, we’ve got your workouts covered with AKT On Demand.

All of us at AKT wish you the most joyous Holiday Season!

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