One Healthy Gingerbread Recipe

All I have been wanting to eat lately is food that tastes like Christmas…anyone else?! Spices like cinnamon, clove, ginger, and foods like citrus fruits, pomegranates, and cranberries are lighting up my life. Homemade gingerbread, however, is brand new to me…until now!

Growing up, we always had gingerbread in the house this time of year, but I don’t even know what was in it. After looking at several gingerbread recipes online, I decided to create my own version with more spices and less sugar. Just one taste of this healthy homemade gingerbread and I know it will be a new holiday tradition. I love it THAT much and you will too!

The best part is that this gingerbread contains no granular sugar, just honey, maple syrup, and molasses. (To be honest, I don’t even think I own sugar. There’s just no need for it when there are delicious natural substitutions out there.)

It’s also dairy free and can be made gluten-free as well! Let’s get started, shall we?!

One Healthy Gingerbread Recipe:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2  cups healthy flour of choice (I used spelt)
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp grated fresh ginger

Toppings:

  • Pomegranate seeds
  • canned full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients, mix wet ingredients, then mix together. You don’t need a fancy mixer, a regular old fork will do. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and fill the pan with batter, leaving a few inches at the top (this stuff rises!) Bake for 45-50 minutes.

To make the frosting, skim the top half of the coconut milk from the can (be sure not to shake it as to only get the thick paste on top). Add in honey, (or maple syrup if you prefer) vanilla extract, and whip it together. This will make a thicker frosting. If you prefer a thinner frosting to drizzle on the bread instead, you can water it down with the thinner coconut milk from the can (or a little bit of water) use 1-2 tablespoons at a time until you get the right consistency.

Once the bread is cool, frost and top with pomegranate seeds, which are equally nutritious, delicious, and festive. Feel free to get creative and try different toppings, like chopped nuts, red and green sprinkles, crushed candy canes, or cinnamon. Make one loaf to have at home and others as gifts. The perfect Christmas breakfast or healthy dessert this time of year!

One Healthy Breakdown: Happy holidays and happy baking!

*Caroline O’Neill is a year round Hamptons resident and health and wellness lifestyle blogger of Bloom & Spark with a passion for nutrition, yoga, food, spirituality and personal development.

The Gift of Holiday Presence

The holidays are meant to be H A P P Y, remember?! Give yourself the gift of presence! (It’s not all about the presents, it’s about the P R E S E N C E.) We often get so wrapped up in the falalalala that we forget to pause, breathe, and actually enjoy the most wonderful time of year. Below are our top tips on staying present, sane, and even H A P P Y throughout the holiday season.

Pick and choose. Your calendar is FULL of holiday parties, cookie exchanges, secret Santas, cocktail parties, and pure busyness. It’s when we over-commit that December becomes a blur and we end up ringing in the New Year in need of a nap, vacation, and detox. What if we stopped saying “yes” to everything and commit to only what we’re actually looking forward to?? Not to sound like the Grinch, but truth is that we have a choice. Say yes to the things that you enjoy and skip the rest; you’ll have more fun and be less burned out!

Embrace the crazy. Holiday shopping, in some regard, is pretty unavoidable for most of us. While it would have been ideal to start the shopping early to avoid the last-minute crunch, for most of us, that concept is long gone (better luck next year!) Instead of heading into the madness with frustration and angst before you even find a parking spot, commit to embrace the chaos, lines, music, and the crowds. Turn shopping into a family affair, girl’s night out, or excuse for a date. Remember that you always have a choice. Remind yourself what the holidays are really about and choose to be positive, you’ll find that the little things just won’t bug you as much. The hustle and bustle is out there, so we might as well embrace it!

Catch your breath. We get so ‘wrapped up’ in the shopping, wrapping, decorating, cookie-baking, caroling…This just leaves us overwhelmed and under the weather. Schedule down time with (or without) friends and family. There’s nothing wrong with staying in for a movie or game night, partying in your pajamas, or soaking up the season solo in a warm bath. Schedule time to do nothing just like you would put aside time for an important event. When you are out and about, remind yourself often to pause, take a long, deep breath and return to the current moment instead of worrying about what’s to come and go. Click here for more mindful tips and here for OHH’s tips on staying healthy throughout the holidays.

It’s the thought that counts…right?! The more thought we put into our gift-giving, the more we enjoy the giving more than the getting. So, instead of thinking of each gift as another check on your to-do list, take some time to put genuine thought before you buy, especially for those near and dear to your heart. Few of us need more “stuff,” so instead of clutter under the tree, spend some time doing for others to fulfill their hearts and yours this holiday season.

One Healthy Breakdown: keep presence over presents this year!

December Ground & Grow Challenge

We’re growing our roots to get ready for the New Year. Tree pose (Vrksasana) is a classic yoga pose that grounds, lengthens, strengthens, opens hips, and encourages correct posture. The busy month of December is the perfect time to root down, ground ourselves, stay balanced, and foster growth into 2016. To perform tree pose, stand strongly and balanced on one leg, while bending the other knee so that your foot is resting on the ground, your standing ankle, or above your knee. Once balanced, place your hands in prayer position and then slowly move them to reach upwards to grow your branches. This month, you’ll be alternating between tree pose and chair pose to maximize grounding and growing. To perform chair pose, (Utkatasana) stand straight up, with weight evenly dispersed in both heels. As you inhale, reach arms up as you bend your knees and squat down, keeping knees and thighs together, as if you’re sitting in a chair. Keep arms and torso up at a slight angle and roll shoulders down. Stay in the pose at least 10-20 seconds to maximize benefits. Chair will not only ground you down, it will also fire up your glutes and thighs to burn some serious calories. Just print, pin, or save the calendar below and commit to grounding and growth all month long! Think of it as preparing your body and mind for what’s to come as the holiday season ramps up and we turn the corner into a fresh, new year of opportunities.

Dec Tree Challenge One Healthy Breakdown: ground yourself and grow your life simultaneously!

Healthy Holidays OHH Style

The magic of the holiday season surrounds us and we’re determined to make it through feeling healthy, happy, grounded, rested, well-fed, balanced, and ready for 2016!

IMG_3036Although it’s easy as pie to cut sleep, eat all the cookies, skip breakfast, have another cocktail, and end up completely burned out, tired, bloated, hungover, guilty, and miserable come January, let’s not!

hangoverOHH’s #HealthyHoliday Tips:

Keep it simple: yes, there will be parties and cocktails, gingerbread, latkes, toasts, roasts, cookie exchanges, peppermint bark, and a hundred reasons to indulge. And that’s ok. But all of those ‘extras’ sure do add up. To offset the indulgences, keep things simple at home. No need to make a three-course meal; instead, allow yourself permission to keep things light and basic. Make a “kitchen sink” salad, smoothie, or snack – just make sure you’re using whole foods. Keeping meals simple allows our body to maximize digestion and nutrient-absorption. Here’s a super simple salad made of arugula, sauerkraut, tomatoes, avocado, and hard-boiled eggs for your dose of greens, probiotics, healthy fat and protein all in one!

FullSizeRender3Eat your veggies: there’s no way around it – veggies are healthy and you must eat them. Don’t fret, you can easily increase your veggie intake in a yummy, easy way. Try making a meal that centers around vegetables instead of meat or pasta, like a meatless stir fry, hearty soup, or holiday smoothie. We don’t often give veggies the opportunity to be the main attraction, but doing so is a super simple, healthy, and affordable way to fuel our bodies. Secondly, try replacing your usual comfort foods with veggie-loaded options. Instead of your go-to mashed potatoes, try cauliflower mash. Forget the french fries and instead roast a new variation of squash, like acorn, delicata, spaghetti, butternut, kobucha, or pumpkin. When you’re urged to grab chips or crackers to snack on, eat crudite to satisfy that craving for a crunch.

Treat yo’self: we’ve said it before and we’ll say again – it’s all about balance. Let go of the labels and ditch the all-or-nothing attitude. Indulging in holiday treats is not only acceptable, it’s actually good for you! Consciously eating food that gives you immense pleasure can fulfill your heart, satisfy your cravings, and feed your soul. Whether it’s a family recipe that you look forward to every year or a new discovery on your journey, choose to indulge wisely and enjoy every single bite.

balancedNews flash: it’s not just about the treats. Or the veggies. Indulge in something that has absolutely nothing to do with food, like a bubble bath, scented candle, holiday movie, pedicure, song download, nature walk, novel, dance party, magazine, TV marathon, or anything that makes you feel pampered and rejuvenated. Just like we deserve to enjoy the cookie, we deserve a break, some self-care, and even a good nap!

Move and be still: we already established that most of us will be indulging a bit this season and that is A ok…as long as we remember to move (ie: exercise) and be still (ie: meditate/sleep/breathe.) Schedule your workouts (and your stillness) as you would meetings and don’t skip ’em. Get your turkey trot on, try a new class, rake leaves, shovel snow…whatever it takes to stay active and accountable. And mindful. Taking time to slow down, live in the moment, and embrace the holiday spirit is equally as important. Combine the moving and the stillness with a yoga class or non-workout workout. Sweat, enjoy, breathe, repeat.

One Healthy Breakdown: here’s to spreading health and holiday cheer this year!

Healthy Holidays in the Hamptons

Holiday goals: Stay healthy. Work out. Feel fit. Don’t hibernate. Eat veggies. Fit into jeans. Enjoy family time. HydrateSleep. Eat the cookie without the guilt. Wouldn’t it be nice? This year, we’re getting through it together. Yes, that means you – we want to hear from YOU!

IMG_3036OHH invites you to share YOUR healthy holiday habits, recipes, tips, stories, inspiration, and celebrations leading up to the New Year. Simply email kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com to share your idea. Follow @hamptonskiley and use hashtags #healthyholidays and #onehealthyhamptons on social media to join the conversation.

One Healthy Breakdown: Together, we’ll make spirits bright and feel healthy and light!

Eat, Drink, & Be Merry!

‘Tis the season for a whole lotta eating, drinking, and all-around merriness!

image(30)‘Tis the season for a whole lotta eating, drinking, and all-around merriness! This isn’t another “how to survive the holidays” guide. We’re talking the holidays people, not jury duty! So what are we to do?! Here’s what: eat, drink, and be merry and mindful! Don’t just “survive,” ENJOY! The holidays come around once a year and it’s time to celebrate! Here are a few helpful holiday tips:

1. Focus on what it’s really about: FAMILY. Aren’t the holidays all about spending time with the ones we love? Sometimes we forget that and before we know it, we’re back at work and school in the blink of an eye. Do the shopping, cooking, or baking together to turn busy work into family time. Unplug from the outside world for a bit and allow yourself to enjoy these moments together.

2. Indulge. If you’re all about those Christmas cookies, enjoy a cookie or two. If you’ve been waiting all year for egg nog, have a cup of the good stuff. We can have it, we just can’t have it all. Pick your must-haves and allow yourself to truly enjoy them. If you deprive yourself of the things you love, well there’s no joy in that, and you’re more likely to overdo it eventually. Just indulge mindfully and you won’t wake up with a Santa belly or food hangover. Just don’t forget the good stuff, aka good old fruits and veggies. Keep your body and mind well fueled so that you’re able to indulge right and feel good doing it. Make sure you have a healthy breakfast to start your day on the right foot. Have a salad before heading to a party and bring your own healthy dish or cocktail to share.

3. Prioritize YOU. Yes, family time is important, but taking care of yourself is crucial to your health and happiness. Although it’s a winter whirlwind out there, don’t sacrifice sleep, self-care, and the things that keep you sane. If you take on too much, you’ll be stressed and exhausted by January 1 and that’s no way to kick off a new year. Instead, focus only on the most important things on the to-do list and make sure that one of them is YOU. Whether you need ten minutes of alone time in the morning to get your act together, an hour to workout, an afternoon pedicure, or a drink with your friend to break up the family time, make it a must and you’ll thank yourself later. Don’t forget to give yourself a gift, because YOU deserve it!

One Healthy Breakdown: Eat the food. Not all the food. Drink the drinks. Not all the drinks. Be very, very merry!

Santa’s Favorite Peppermint Bark

Who can pass up that minty bark?! Peppermint bark is definitely an indulgence to be enjoyed this time of year. That combo of rich chocolate and mint is enough to spread holiday cheer in one little bite. After all, there’s no better way to eat a candy cane than with a side of chocolate!

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Here’s a healthier upgrade for a homemade peppermint bark that’s sure to please anyone from your kitchen to the North Pole and back!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of quality dark chocolate, chocolate chips, or carob chips
  • 1/4 cup cacoa powder or cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk or water
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 drops of pure peppermint extract
  • 4 peppermint candy canes or 20 peppermint candies – crushed into small pieces

Instructions:

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients except for candy canes in a bowl. Transfer mixture to a sauce pan to melt on low heat (or in microwave.) Stir until consistent and let cool for just a few minutes before adding half of candy canes. Spread evenly on wax paper. Add remaining candy canes on top of chocolate sheet and freeze for at least two hours. Once completely solid, remove from freezer and break into pieces. Eat, gift, and smile.

One Healthy Breakdown: just as delicious (and way more nutritious!) than store-bought bark!

12 Days of Holiday Fun

How about actually enjoying this time we know as ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ spreading cheer instead of fear?! There’s nothing holding us back from keeping calm and embracing the season. Instead of just surviving the holidays, lets slow down, breathe, soak it in, count our blessings, have fun, be silly, make cookies, and spread CHEER this year! Here are 12 ways to keep calm and have a HAPPY holiday season!

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12. Make a shopping list. Put some thought into your gifts and stay organized. Check off as you shop and don’t save it all for last minute! When you’re done shopping, reward yourself with a little something special for yourself. 11. Wear a big, chunky holiday sweater (it doesn’t have to be “ugly,” per se – beauty is in the eye of the beholder…) but it must be too big and super comfy! 10. Make hot chocolate and watch your favorite holiday movie and soak it up. My personal faves include Elf, Love Actually, The Family man, and The Holiday. 9. Did you get your Christmas tree yet?! Blast the tunes and decorate with friends/family! 8. Take a break from it all to focus on you. Get ALL bundled up and take a long winter walk or run. Leave your phone at home and soak up the silence. Enjoy a healthy peppermint smoothie while you’re at it! 7. Open a bottle of wine and throw yourself a gift-wrapping party. 6. Send a card to someone who won’t expect it and will be touched. 5. Make your favorite holiday cookies, from scratch, and share them. Or try a new recipe; TLC Cookies or World Peace Cookies, both of which are made with love. 4. Take a nap (the holidays are exhausting!) english bulldogs dressed up as santa and rudolph 3. Blast your favorite holiday tunes and have a dance party. 2. Family time. Enough said. 1. Have yourself a merry little holiday season. One Healthy Breakdown: we look forward to the holiday season all year. Don’t let the stress distract you from enjoying the most wonderful time of year.

World Peace Cookies

Cookies Fresh Out of the OvenWhat could be better than a cookie recipe entitled “World Peace?” A chocolate cookie recipe titled “World Peace,” that’s what! These cookies are sweet enough for any holiday occasion without going overboard on sugar…the perfectly peaceful combination you can feel good indulging in!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (or half whole wheat flour)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 stick plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar of choice
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chips, or ¾ cup bittersweet mini chocolate chips

1. Sift flour, cocoa and baking soda together.

2. Working with a stand or handheld mixer in a large bowl, beat butter on medium speed until soft and creamy. Add both sugars, salt and vanilla and beat for two more minutes.

3. Turn off mixer. Pour in dry ingredients and pulse mixer at low speed for a few seconds, about five times. Mix for about 30 seconds more, just until all flour is incorporated. Add chocolate pieces or chips and mix only to incorporate. (Dough should be worked as little as possible for best texture.)

4. Turn dough our onto a work surface, gather together and divide in half. Working with one half at a time, shape dough into logs and 1 ½ inches in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least three hours (or up to three days).

5. To bake: Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.

6. Using a sharp, thin knife, slice the logs into rounds that are ½ inch thick. Arrange on the baking sheets, leaving about one inch between them.

7. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time for 12 minutes (they won’t look done, nor will they be firm, but that’s as they should be). Transfer the baking sheet to a cooling rack and let rest until only just warm, then carefully remove the cookies to a rack to cool completely. Store in airtight cookie tin.

One Healthy Breakdown: these cookies are sure to create some peace and quiet in your house this holiday season, enjoy!

Recipe submitted by Emily Herrick, adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home to Yours

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

One Healthy Hamptons is sharing the best of the best for local holiday shopping and gift giving! We’re sharing where & what to shop and gift for everyone on your list. There’s no better gift than the gift of health and happiness…and no better place to celebrate the holidays than here in the Hamptons!


Give the Gift of Refreshment
Hampton Coffee Company

Hampton Coffee Company, the East End’s first coffee roastery, is the perfect place to shop for lots of people on your holiday gift list. Whether they’re coffee-lovers, tea-lovers, or foodies, you can’t go wrong with a surprise from Hampton Coffee.

Choose from elegant made-to-order Holiday Hamptons Gift Baskets, hand-delivered or shipped anywhere, and starting at only $25.99! Plus Bodum press pots, Hampton Coffee mugs and gift sets, Holiday Teas, and their exclusive Holiday Blend coffee beans.
A Hampton Coffee Gift Card makes the perfect gift for the HCC fan in your life as well as your dog groomer, trainer, or babysitter. Teachers love Hampton Coffee, too!
 
And, if you’re throwing a Holiday Party for yourself or your business, call on Hampton Coffee Company. With such a wide range of delicious catering options, you’re sure to please your guests at reasonable prices that will please. From breakfast and lunch to much more, you can even host your event at their Southampton or Water Mill venues. Personal professional service guaranteed and at some of the best prices around.
 
To get your holiday shopping done at Hampton Coffee Company visit their Holiday Cafes in Water Mill, Westhampton Beach, or Southampton or shop conveniently online at www.hamptoncoffeecompany.com. For catering information, call their Catering Director Samantha at 631-726-2633, ext. #5, or e-mail catering@hamptoncoffeecompany.com.

 

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Give the Gift of Health
The Juicy Naam

The Juicy Naam provides health from the inside out. What could be better than gifts that nourish, cleanse, rejuvenate, balance, heal, and harmonize the body? Just be sure to say One Healthy Hamptons sent you!
1. The Juicy Naam Cleanse (gift certificates available)

The Juicy Naam Cleanse is a comprehensive customized program designed to bring about transformational shifts in consciousness. They incorporate the best organic ingredients and superfoods to provide the most nutritious, fresh organic juices, smoothies, herbs, raw food, and vegetarian cuisine.

2. Transmutation Powder

The vibrationally enhanced Transmutation Powder formula is designed to eliminate fat, reduce cellular debris through detoxification, and support immune function and mineral assimilation with SGS probiotics. For maximum benefit, mix 1 tablespoon in with your favorite juice, smoothie, or water.
Ingredients: Raspberry Ketones, Irvingia Gabonensis, (Wild Mango) Brown Seaweed, Saffron, Horsetail, Fossil Shell Flour, Licorice Root, Silica, Probiotics, Sporogenes, & Chia.

3. Kangen Alkaline Water Home System

The SD501 Kangen Alkaline Water Home System is the finest machine in its class, with the highest quality built-in electrolysis chamber on the market. This machine generates a continuous stream of five types of water for countless household needs, including alkaline super-hydrating water for drinking (a healthier alternative to acidic bottled and tap water.)Stop into The Juicy Naam at 51 Division Street in Sag Harbor, check out thejuicynaam.com or call (631) 725-3030 today!
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Give the gift of Purity
Pure & Peaceful

Pure & Peaceful produces natural home-care products formulated and handcrafted right in Sag Harbor. Born out of passion for health, wellness, and environmental sustainability, Pure & Peaceful products effectively clean your space and home while filling the air with fresh, therapeutic scents. All products are made with organic, therapeutic-grade, high-quality essential oils. Pure & Peaceful products are all non-toxic and completely mineral and botanically-derived.

Pure & Peaceful products make the perfect practical gift, as they safely clean and beautify your home. From all-purpose cleaner to light air sprays to yoga mat spray, you can trust Pure & Peaceful for pure products made with love. Check out Pure & Peaceful’s products here.
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Give the gift of Well-being
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This season, gift and get well-being at exhale. Exhale makes it easy to share the gift of transformation with your friends, family or colleagues. Gift an exhale holiday gift card package or choose an exhale denominational gift card in the perfect amount for any of our signature spa therapies or fitness class series. Exhale pulled together the following holiday gift card packages to make it easier for you to give a custom-gift to whoever is on your list.

a. Balance: One Mind Body Class and 60-Minute Fusion Massage
b. Indulge: 60-Minute Fusion Massage, 60-Minute True Facial, Pure Manicure and Pure Pedicure
c. Evolve: Mind Body Class Ten-Pack and 60-Minute Fusion Massage
d. Transform: Mind Body Class Ten-Pack, 60-Minute Fusion Massage, 60-Minute True Facial, Pure Manicure and Pure Pedicure

To purchase gift cards (e-cards or gift cards), visit www.exhalespa.com/gift-card or stop by any of our 21 locations nationwide. You can’t go wrong with a gift card from exhale mind body spa!


More Great Local Places to Shop:

Relax – Comfy, cozy, and sexy loungewear and more, 150 Main Street, Sag Harbor.
Gloria Jewel – High-end women’s clothing, Main Street, Bridgehampton.
Bliss Sleep Center – Everything for healthy, blissful sleep, Hayground Rd., Water Mill.
Norma Jean Pilates – A variety of effective Pilates classes in a beautiful, cheerful environment and fabulous instruction. Division Street, Sag Harbor.
Hampton Gym Corp – Health & fitness club throughout the Hamptons. Holiday gift certificates now available.
Fresh Hamptons – fresh, healthy, delicious food, gift certificates available. Sag Harbor Turnpike.
Salty Home – gifts, decor, furniture, and unique home goods with the best customer service around. Located in Bridgehampton Commons.
TRX with Linda – Give the gift of fitness with “Not Your Average Trainer,” Studio 89, Sag Harbor.

Flying Point Surf & Sport – great beachwear, surf, and skate. Bridgehampton, Southampton, and Sag Harbor

Boot Camp with Christa – Holiday specials for Boot Camp classes at Studio 89, contact cs.schleicher@gmail.com.

One Healthy Breakdown: You can’t go wrong with these healthy gifts, get your shopping list out and your Black Friday outfit ready to go! Happy Shopping!
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