Sweet (and Healthy) Treats

It's the start of the holiday season. From here on out our weeks are filled with fabulous events, company parties, celebrations and gatherings. Loads of reasons to celebrate...and to "fall off the wagon" from our health goals.

I am often asked by clients if I celebrate the holidays and what I do for celebrations. So here's a quick list of tips to keep your holiday season happy, delicious AND yes, healthy! ENJOY...

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So… you might have some holiday plans for this weekend!  You might be FREAKING out because you are Gluten-Free (and/or Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Corn-Free, you get the idea:-).  I'll focus on Gluten-Free here to keep it simple but trust me, this applies to my own allergies and will to yours as well.

I'm here to share with you how you can ENJOY these social gatherings without fear, guilt and discomfort!

Here is the key to these Eat Inspired Today Tips - CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE.

Gluten Free is an adaptive diet – so let’s get creative and adapt!

We usually go to these events thinking "yummy! what food will be there!".  Now we can focus on "can't wait to hang with my friends and family".  Make it the first time you DON'T cheat or accidentally 'Gluten' yourself and feel bloated and in pain after the event!

Secrets to a GREAT Holiday season:

1. The choice is ours - Stick to the “naked” food options.

2. Offer to help - Bring our own Gluten Free option to share (Champagne Tomato Basil Salad is a GREAT and simple recipe)

3. Everyone loves dessert - Bring a batch of Gluten Free Brownies or Cookies - French Meadow Bakery makes pre-made frozen cookie and brownie dough – find them in the frozen section at Whole Foods Market! Psst! Keep an eye out for my Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownie recipe.

* For Halloween-specific treats check out ideas for non-food options such as glow sticks, erasers and festive stickers and pencils. You can also check out the Celiac Central Gluten-Free Candy list here or refer to my blog post about Gluten-Free Halloween treats here.

4. Cheers - If you’re drinking beer....bring your favorite Gluten Free beer brand, have it at the BBQ and savor it!

5. Plan ahead - don't go to the event hungry!  Have a healthy Gluten Free snack before you go so you don't feel the need to cheat.

You don't have to make a big deal of what you are doing to people at the party.  Just BE at the party and do what is best for your body!

Here's to a very amazing and very healthy holiday season!

In Health & Gratitude,



Please stop by my Facebook page at Live Inspired Today with Clea and join our community. My favorite recipes, tips, tricks and Gluten Free links can all be found here. I look forward to hearing from you and our community does as well. What will be YOUR biggest challenge this holiday season eating Gluten Free?