5 tips for a healthy Sinterklaas evening

Saint is back in the country. The gingerbread cookies, chocolates, confectionery bars and marzipan fly your ears. If you’re just doing a good job with healthy eating and losing weight may be a difficult time of year.

Would you like to know how these temptations around Sinterklaas can withstand the best? Then these tips for you.

As a weight loss coach, I often get questions about how best can deal with these temptations. Not only Christmas, but also for example, birthdays, holidays or other days out is difficult.

The tips I therefore not only be used in this article with Santa Claus, but also apply to other times when the temptation is oversized to relish.

Sinterklaas is a real Dutch folk festival where cosiness, warmth, gifts not to mention; good food central.

It is not for nothing called “the great night.” Fortunately, healthy and tasty food easily go together and I will tell you exactly how.

Can with the tips in this article you, your (grand) children, friends and family enjoying an old-fashioned cozy ‘great night’, and yet a flat stomach to hold on.

1. Choose a time

We are all from August commemorates the arrival of the holy man. The shops are since been filled with gingerbread cookies, your Sinterklaas delicacy par excellence.

Whether summer or winter, gingerbread are popular and so they sell. The marketing of these sweet biscuits is designed so early and take advantage of Sinterklaas as much as possible.

If the consumer is made as difficult as possible for you to resist these temptations. The Algemeen Dagblad was reading it was again increased sales of gingerbread.

Marketers invent ever new ‘luxury’ flavors such as gingerbread cookies with cinnamon or tiramisu truffle-flavored, so you gets curious and still goes back tack.

My first tip to all who resist temptation is to think: I enjoy at one time, only if I really four party and not earlier or later. Not in August, September, October, and not even in November and throughout December.

So you if you celebrate Christmas Eve appreciate the treat better and prevents you arrive is that the actual December 5th.

2. Create your own “candy” and snacks

What’s even better is waiting with relish until the Sinterklaaravond is waiting with relish and your own healthy treats and snacks make for pakjesavond.

Not only is homemade goodies much healthier, because you decide what ingredients you use it, it tastes also much better. Moreover, it is very fun to do, for example with your (grand) children. So you’ll be right in the cozy Sinterklaas mood.

Below the article you will find a recipe for healthy chocolate gingerbread. It can also be found on our Facebook page  in which many great healthy recipes are shared.

Savory snacks belong pakjesavond: toasts with assorted spreads, cheese, sausage, salted nuts. These appetizers were used to be with us on the table during Sinterklaas evening. However, they are full of unhealthy foods, such as preservatives, trans fats, sugars and flavor enhancers which you can be fat.

Tasty snacks are not necessarily unhealthy happy; there are plenty of healthy snacks to think, just this sometimes requires a little more creativity and preparation.

If you find it difficult to come up with healthy snacks itself is  the 7 × 7 Weight Loss Recipe something for you. Here you will find delicious, easy and healthy recipes that you can serve during pakjesavond (but just on weekdays) so you make you do not worry that you will arrive.

You will see that healthy snacks are popular with visitors and it is very appreciated if you take into account your health during this holiday season. You will most likely not the only ones happy is healthy and pursuing a healthy weight.

3. Choose smaller portions

You probably know the all-you-can-eat concept with some grill, wok and sushi restaurants. You pay a fixed amount and then you can eat as much as you want. Often eat up a lot more than you normally would, with the result that you can easily arrive and afterwards a bit fed up of.

The same often happens with Santa Claus. Bags gingerbread, chocolate letters, marzipan, butter letter. Everything is in the closet and put on the table with Sinterklaas evening. You therefore eat more quickly than you normally would. Some people even eat until they are so full that they are nothing more than tired to sit on the bench.

Fortunately, you can easily avoid this overeating. Make sure you Sinterklaas evening makes no excessive sweets, because even though you’ve made, it’s still a ‘treat’ and has often (natural) sugar, where you can still arrive at if you ingest too much eating.

The visit will also be satisfied with smaller portions and you can always keep some on hand when there is still a draw.

Many people are tempted by a holiday as Sinterklaas eating less, so she’s able to relish good many evenings. This, however, ensures that you have many unhealthy nutrients get where you come from and which disrupts touches your body.

It is therefore advisable to day pakjesavond three healthy, preferably low-carbohydrate meals to eat and possibly a green smoothie or vegetable juice and healthy snacks so you have less need to snack in the evening.

Did you bother to define what exactly is healthy or not inspired?

The 7 × 7 Weight Loss Recipe Book is full of delicious, healthy low carb recipes that are suitable for every day and are very suitable for the day you Sinterklaar celebrates eating, so you’s have nightly less need for unhealthy snacks.

4. Keep a balance day

It is obviously best to prevent you eat much and unhealthy such holiday. If you followed the previous tips you will therefore have less need for the balance day, but if you do then smuggled this day is the way to engage in yet that you hardly arrive.

How a balance day look like?

On a balance day watching you extra attention to what you eat and eat only healthy, as many whole foods, preferably carbohydrates.

If you eat according to the weekly schedule as described in the 7 × 7 Weight Loss Recipe than you eat well and you have the balance day less sorely needed. You can or choose to make the portions smaller. Do you have this book yet, then you can order here so that you, like many others that balance day soon maybe just do not need!

Other tips that you can use to rebalance your body after a day snacking are:

  • Replace one or more meals a juice or smoothie from the Smoothie Weight Loss Plan .
  • Drink extra water
  • Eat up to one piece of fruit
  • Do not eat anything after the evening meal
  • Cut the portions

Furthermore, it is important that you balance day a little more doing exercise. For example, you can sprint or do strength training a few short sessions. This is more effective to burn (belly) fat than long cardio workout like running.

If you are not a keen sportsman, it even helps for example to go cycling or walking a fine piece on the day after Christmas. Or you can choose to retrieve pakjesavond himself a moment of fresh air. It does not matter how you do it, as long as you just a little more than usual moves. That saves then some pepper nuts!

5. Give away unhealthy treats

If you want to lose weight, it is difficult if you do get all sorts of goodies. In difficult times you are still tempted to eat it if you put it in the closet. What to do with all that chocolate letters, gingerbread cookies, gingerbread dolls, etc. that you got from the Saint?

If a pure chocolate letter in between at least 65%, you can rest assured the occasional piece of food, but not the whole thing at once because there are still refined sugars (although much less than in milk chocolate). Why chocolate is better while losing weight can be read here.

I would also advise you to give away all that candy, for example, to your colleagues or family. Or even throw it away, because it’s healthy for anyone and actually do no one with a fun (though others may think so). Because if you’re lying then it continues to beckon you in the closet, even though Sinterklaas long boat went back to Spain.

So you will soon enjoy a delicious and healthy night

With these tips is nothing more in the way for a delicious and healthy night. The recipe below can make celebrating the best of the day you Santa Claus, not only are the pepernootjes than tasty fresh and crisp, but as you yourself contraceptives sure that you start early with relish.

Good luck in the future with healthy eating and already a very nice Santa Claus!

Recipe: Sugar free chocolate gingerbread cookies! 

You need 10 chocolate gingerbread cookies:

  • 40 grams of oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (preferably tartaric baking powder)
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 40 grams of dark chocolate (87%)
  • 2 dates

How to make it:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
2. Put the oatmeal in a blender and make flour.
3. Add the dates and mix again together.
4. Add the oatmeal flour, dates, spices, cream of tartar, honey and coconut oil in a bowl and knead into a firm ball.
5. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
6. Roll the balls of dough and place on the baking sheet.
7. Put the gingerbread cookies for 15 minutes in the preheated oven.
8. Melt the chocolate in a small saucepan. Meanwhile, the gingerbread cool making them harder.
9. Mix the gingerbread cookies the melted chocolate and place on a plate.

10. Put them in the refrigerator and wait until the chocolate is hard.

Tip: Make as many as you need. It may help if your family they eat it. That makes it easier not to be tempted to eat gingerbread full of sugar!

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