HOW TO SURVIVE THE HOLIDAY PARTIES WITHOUT GAINING WEIGHT

12 Healthy Recipes According to the 12 signs


It’s very hard to resist all the delicious delicacies available at our loved ones’ festivities.

The foods we crave are associated with our emotions. When we are sad, missing a loved one …. we attack the first piece of chocolate around. In times of anxiety we binge as if food could offset our anxiety and resolve our issues.

At holiday parties, when celebrated with our family, it’s hard to resist the tidbits that remind us of our childhood and therefore make us feel loved, cared, cherished and protected.

So why not enjoy the affection that our family has to give, without losing your mind and gaining lots of weight?
What really makes you gain weight is not what you eat between Christmas and the New Year, but rather what you eat between the New Year and Christmas.

But to avoid the extra pounds and still feel emotionally fueled during the holidays, use your common sense and try to redirect the natural tendencies of your sign, because after the New Year comes resort season and you’ll want to be in shape to enjoy it with a fit body.

Shall we improve the way we deal with food? Based on your sign you can have the knowledge of your weak spots and what dish you can bring to the party to help curb your hunger, binge less, while also allowing you to just nibble some of the unhealthy goodies on the table. Take a dish that represents your personality to the party!

ariesAries – Biryani Rice Recipe

Aries, you are moved by impulse, you’re the kind that eats ‘raw’ because you don’t have the patience to wait for the dish to be ready.

You are a fire sign, and thus, to satisfy your emotional needs, you need spicy foods, with quick digestion. The best solution is to bring a dish made by you to the party. Make a dish based on Indian cuisine, with peppers and all those delicious, flavored spices. Start with this dish and then eat other delicacies, you will see how you will eat less and still enjoy the flavor of Grandma’s and Mom’s traditional foods.

Biryani Rice Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups of basmati rice
2 pounds of lamb cut into small cubes
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
2 onions
1/2 cup yogurt 0% fat or coconut yogurt
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 teaspoons carnations
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 fresh chili pepper
2 teaspoons of cardamom seeds
Saffron pistils
Ground ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 handful of raisins
1 handful of almond slivers
Parsley
Himalayan salt

Preparation

In a bowl, add the meat and yogurt, mix well and let sit for 1/2 an hour.
Peel and slice the onions thinly.
Melt the coconut oil in a pan and brown the onions.
Add the meat with yogurt, spices, garlic and chili pepper (without the seeds), chopped and fry until the meat is brown.
Season with Himalayan salt.
Add the rice in the meat pan and let it cook for a few minutes.
Add 4 cups of water and mix.
Add the raisins and almonds, cover the pan and cook over low heat until the rice and meat are tender.
Serve hot.


taurusTaurus – Chicken Pie Recipe

Taurus likes gourmet food. As an earth sign, you need to feel comfortable and safe. Your 5 senses are more accentuated than any other sign’s.

You can put on up to 5 pounds easily during the holiday season, because you can’t resist the yummy foods. Make a delicious and healthy chicken pie for the party, and replace the wheat flour with quinoa flour, cow milk for almond milk or hemp milk, and the pie will still be tasty and healthy!

Chicken Pie Recipe

Ingredients

Crust:

1 cup and 1/2 of quinoa flour
1 whole egg and one egg white
1 cup of almond milk or hemp milk
½ cup water
Oregano to taste and Himalaya salt to taste
You can also use your own crust recipe, just sub the milk and the flour, if using butter, replace it for coconut oil

Filling:

1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 cup of shredded cooked broccoli
1 cup of cooked string beans (cut in small pieces)
1 cup of frozen green peas (unfrozen)
1 cup of cooked sweet corn
1 and 1/2 cups of chopped tomato
½ sliced onion
1 cup 1% or 0% fat free cottage cheese

Preparation

Dough:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until the mixture is consistent. Set aside.
In a bowl, place all the filling ingredients, mix everything and set aside.
In a greased baking pan, pour half of the dough, bake in a preheated oven to 305º and allow 5-10 minutes until the dough gains consistency. Remove from oven, pour in the filling, and on top of that, place the remaining dough and bake again. Allow to bake for 30-40 minutes in oven, in medium heat.


geminiGemini – Vegetable Plate Recipe

Gemini likes variety. As an air sign, you always have a busy mind. You don’t have time to sit at the table and eat, you’d rather pick a fruit or sandwich and eat on the go. When you are under stress you just grab the nearest sweet you can find in order to attain emotional relaxation.

Take a vegetable plate to the party, well seasoned with a delicious sauce.

Vegetable Plate Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups of steamed baby carrots
2 cups of precooked or steamed broccoli
2 cups precooked or steamed zucchinis (just for 8 minutes)
2 cups precooked cauliflower (just for 8 minutes)
2 cups of precooked or steamed green beans
One raw, sliced, red bell pepper
One cup of seedless grapes cut in half
½ cup of sliced or slivered almonds

Sauce:

The juice of half an orange
2 tablespoons of toasted sesame seed oil
Himalaya salt to taste
The juice of half  lemon
3 tablespoons of virgin olive oil

Preparation

Arrange all the vegetables on a large plate and pour the sauce evenly on top of the vegetables.
Sprinkle almond flakes over the vegetables.


cancerCancer – Gluten Free French Toast

Cancer like the foods that mother used to cook for you in childhood.

More than any other sign you need to feel nurtured in every way.

Take gluten free French Toast to the party, so delicious your mother will ask for the recipe.

Ingredients for the bread:

You can buy gluten-free bread ready but you could also make it from scratch using this delicious recipe:

1 and 1/2 cups of quinoa flour
3/4 cup of tapioca flour
2 cups flaxseed flour
1 cup coconut sugar or Stevia
1 teaspoon of xanthan gum
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
One tablespoon baking soda
3/4 cup of warm water
3 eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

Preparation

Heat the water and set to the side. Mix in a bow and blend all dry ingredients. In a smaller bow lightly  beat the eggs, coconut oil and vinegar. Bring this mixture to the dry mixture and beat adding water gradually. Beat for 1 minute at high speed. The dough should be very sticky. Grease the baking pan and pour the mixture. Shake the pan in order to have the dough even. Cover and let it rest for one hour until doubled the volume. Preheat oven to 205 degrees. Let it bake for 40 minutes or so.

Slice the bread. Make a mixture of 1 cup almond milk or hemp milk, with 1 egg and 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar or Stevia. In another pan place the slices in this mixture:  coconut sugar or Stevia, cinnamon to taste and chia seeds. Bake it on high heat until golden brown.


leoLeo – Beet Tacos Recipe

Leos likes  to eat expensive and sophisticated dishes, because it makes you feel like royalty. You should take the most luxuriant dish to the party. You love to show off so why not to make an appetizer that is healthy and looks stunning just like your outfit? If there’s a contest of the most beautiful presentation of a dish, you could probably win, my lovely Leo.

Take a beet tacos dish, filled with lobster salad.

Beet Tacos Recipe

Ingredients

Four large beets sliced (you need a special electric slicer to cut the beets very thin and all the same size)
The meat of 2 lobsters
One onion
4 sticks of celery
2 hard boiled egg just the yolks (do not use the eggs white)
¼ cup of olive oil
two tablespoons of rice vinegar
1 lemon
A bunch of scallion
Himalayan salt
Cayenne pepper to taste

Preparation

The lobster salad:

Broil the lobsters for 10 minutes and remove the meat and shred it.
In a blender put the two boiled yokes, olive oil, juice of one lemon, salt and pepper.
Add this mixture (mayonnaise made from scratch) to the lobster add the scallion thin sliced, and the celery sliced into thin pieces as well.
With the sliced beet open add the lobster salad and seal with the scallion (see the picture)
Serve cold.


virgoVirgo – Ham with Plums Recipe

Virgo likes the healthy and organic dishes. You don’t mind having to spend hours in the kitchen since the dish is healthy and has all the necessary ingredients for a healthy digestion.

The ham is a natural source of protein in addition to the dish being rich in fiber, due to the plums. Ham is a very traditional dish at holidays parties, but it could be a very rich dish, not to mention the hormones, etc. So there’s nobody better than you to transform this dish in to a healthy version.

Instead of buying an industrialized piece of meat that comes pre-seasoned, purchase your ham at a butcher shop to ensure that it is not chemically preserved. This is already synonymous of more flavor and a healthier option, both important requirements for you.

This is an elaborate recipe, but you love to do everything well and to perfection.

Ham with plums recipe

Ingredients

1 piece of ham (about 4 to 5 pounds, with bone)
3 large onions
2 heads of garlic
1 ½ tablespoons fresh sage leaves
1 ½ tablespoons fresh rosemary
1 ½ tablespoons fresh bay leaves
1 bottle of white wine
2 cups of pitted prunes
Himalayan salt to taste (about 1 teaspoon of salt for each pound  of meat)
Cayenne pepper to taste, freshly ground (1/2 tablespoon)
Coriander seeds and mustard seeds to taste (about 2 tablespoons each)

Preparation

Make the marinade: chop the onions into large cubes, peel and chop the garlic cloves into 4 pieces, add all the fresh herbs with the wine.
Place the pepper, coriander seeds and mustard in a mortar and grind a little.
Season the ham with salt and the crushed seeds, rubbing and massaging the meat.
Place the ham in a large plastic bag, pour the marinade inside and close it, pressing well. Place the bag with the ham in a roasting pan and bring to the refrigerator for at least 24 hours, turning it every 6 hours. The ham may be marinated for up to 3 days. The taste will be amazing!

A ham this size will take about 5 hours to bake. Generally, I spend one hour per pound of meat. Preheat oven to 280º.  Remove the ham from the refrigerator and I let it rest for 30 minutes before baking. Take the ham from the baking sheet and pour the marinade over it. Place the plums around the ham and cover the dish with foil with the matte part out.

After two hours, remove the foil, plums and some of the liquid from the marinade, set them to the side. Let the ham baking for another two hours, turning once to brown it in full.
Drizzle ham with the marinade in the pan whenever you can. After 4 hours, make sure the leg is well roasted, sticking with a knife up to its center, as close to the bone as you can get. If you do not see blood, it should be ready.
Remove the ham from the oven, place on a cutting board or platter and top with 3 layers of foil to keep the temperature.
Take the rest of the liquid remaining in the pan (if dry, pour a little water and scrape the siding of the pan), along with the marinade you’d set aside earlier.

At  the party, put ham on a serving dish and garnish with dried fruit, fresh cherry, nuts and fresh herbs (fresh thyme). Serve with the sauce on the side.


libraLibra – Ornamental Fruit Salad Recipe

Libra likes dishes that are also a beautiful presentation. You more than anyone, like to always be in shape, and prefer the beautiful dishes, color and balance without adding extra pounds to your beautiful shape.

So why not a plate of fruit for the dessert?

Ornamental fruit salad recipe

Ingredients

A large apple
A large carrot
Toothpicks
Strawberries, black and green grapes, Kiwi, cantaloupe and other seasonal fruits you choose.
Prick the fruit on a stick and build a healthy, colorful Christmas tree.

It’s easy to make and it will be the most beautiful ornamental dish of the party.


scorpioScorpio – Prawns and Guacamole

Scorpio, you tell everybody you eat healthy and are on a diet, but you snack in the kitchen when nobody is watching and eat all the forbidden foods you can grab. It’s fun for you, it’s part of your personality, right?

Since you have an enhanced and intense taste, take a dish like prawns and guacamole to the party. Despite the prawns having a little more calories, guacamole is a healthy dish and an excellent choice for those who do not eat animal meat, and the pescetarians.

Prawns and guacamole recipe

Ingredients

For 12 servings (if for 24 just double the ingredients)

6 ripe avocados
4 tomatoes chopped
1 large onion finely chopped
A bundle of green onions sliced very thin
4 sticks of green onion (for the wrapping)
3 garlic cloves, crushed for guacamole and 3 cloves cut into pieces for the prawns.
12 prawns with tail
1 crushed jalapeño pepper
Himalayan salt to taste
1 tablespoon coconut oil

Preparation

Rinse the shrimp and let them soak in lemon and salt for 15 minutes.

On a skillet, place one tablespoon of coconut oil, when hot, add the chopped garlic, letting garlic get golden then place the prawns on the pan.  When they start getting pink, flip them on the other side. Cook for about 3-4 minutes maximum and set aside.

Guacamole:

Mix all ingredients (minus the shrimp) in the a bow, add the tomatoes last.

Place individual portions in cups, add a small lettuce leaf for garnish and insert a prawn, decoratively, on each cup.


sagittariusSagittarius – Light Salad with Smoked Turkey Breast

Sagittarius you like to eat anything and everything all the time. Life is all about fun, eating tasty foods and enjoying the outside life. Flavor and quantity are your qualities. Choose a healthy and quick dish to make, because you don’t have the patience to spend hours in the kitchen.

Because you tend to overeat (most Sagittarius do),

Light salad with smoked turkey breast recipe

Ingredients

1 head of lettuce (or arugula)
2 mandarins
Lemon juice
200g turkey breast cut into cubes
2 teaspoons (tsp) extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon (tsp) balsamic vinegar
Himalayan salt to taste
Finely chopped chives
Red pepper chopped into small pieces

Preparation

Salad dressing:

Mix:

2 teaspoons (tsp) extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon (tsp) balsamic vinegar (or vinegar)
Salt to taste Himalayan
Juice of half a lemon

Arrange the lettuce or arugula dish and set to the side.
In a bowl add the turkey cubes, the tangerine buds, chives and chili. Drizzle with the sauce and mix well.
Place on top of lettuce on platter.


capricornCapricorn – Traditional Christmas Turkey

Capricorn likes the traditional Christmas dishes the way grandmother has been serving for the past 60 years. You dear Capricorn will have to stay with the traditional Christmas turkey but in order to make a healthy dish, skip the stuffing, so you don’t have to gain extra pounds but still eat your grandma’s traditional dish.

Prepare the turkey in advance, or better, I’m sure you can afford a ‘chef’ to prepare the turkey for you,  then you don’t have to spend any time in the kitchen, after all you are a Capricorn, and your work comes first.

In any case, here is a recipe in case you decide you do want to make your own turkey:

Ingredients

1/4 pound of coconut oil
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 fresh turkey (10 to 12 pounds)
Himalayan salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large bunch fresh thyme
1 whole lemon, halved
1 Spanish onion, quartered
1 head garlic, halved crosswise

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Heat the coconut oil in a small saucepan. Add the zest and juice of the lemon and 1 teaspoon of thyme leaves to the coconut oil. Set aside.

Take the giblets out of the turkey and wash the turkey inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers and pat the outside dry. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the turkey cavity. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, halved lemon, quartered onion, and the garlic. Brush the outside of the turkey with the butter mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey.

Roast the turkey about 2 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. Remove the turkey to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil; let rest for 20 minutes.

Slice the turkey and serve.


aquariusAquarius – Black Rice with Quinoa and Various Mushrooms

Aquarius likes dishes that no one has ever heard about before, and in 2 years will turn the fashion plate. You like to be in shape and you like different kind of foods, but depending on your mood, you could eat nothing one day e over eat the next. You might go from being raw food eater to let’s eat everything. How about taking a quinoa risotto with black rice and assorted mushrooms?

It is a dish gluten free and will make the greatest success at the party, replacing the white rice that has no nutritional value and fattening.

Black rice recipe with quinoa and various mushrooms

Ingredients

2 cups quinoa
2 cups of black rice
3 glasses of different types of mushrooms (Portobello, shimeji, shiitake mushrooms, Hericium Erinaceous)
3 green zucchinis
Himalaya salt to taste
½ glass of white wine
Truffle oil
2 tablespoons olive oil

Way of Preparing

You will need large pot and deep.

First cook the black rice for 20 minutes.

In another pan, put the oil to heat up and play the sliced ​​mushrooms and skinny, when the water down play the white wine and simmer for 10minutes.

Add the pre-cooked black rice with mushroom add a little water and place the quinoa and cook for 15 minutes ONLY let the pot without a lid for the water to evaporate, but at the same time have to get wet not too dry.

Sprinkle green onions cut into small pieces on top.


piscesPisces – Super Food Bar Recipe

Pisces, you actually feed yourself with love and meditation. But you like tasty foods that transport you to another dimension. Bring a dessert  made out of ‘super foods.’ It’s not only healthy, some super foods have healing properties which match your tendency to be tapped into a spiritual world.

Super food bar recipe

Ingredients

1 cup cashew nuts from
1 cup almonds
1 cup of nuts
2 Brazil nuts
10 pitted dates
2 tablespoons coconut oil soup
2 tablespoons pure cacao
4 tablespoons of chia seeds
4 tablespoons of hemp seed soup
1 tablespoon of Maca soup
2 tablespoons Macha

Hit a powerful blender, first the whole nuts, gradually add the other ingredients.
If it gets too dry add another tablespoon of coconut oil soup.

Make the squares, the size you want or balls like a (Brazilian) brigadiero.



Dear reader, have an amazing holidays! Be healthy and beleive 2016 will be the best year of your life!

Love, Sandra Alvim.