Our best tips to take care of yourself, enjoy the holidays, celebrate and splurge on the good stuff too.

Jessica Ball, M.S., R.D.
Updated November 13, 2019

December is a month to celebrate. With all the holiday parties and holiday eats you don't have to deprive yourself, you just may want to be a little strategic. We've got tips to enjoy the holidays with your friends and family, celebrate with non-food treats and splurge on the good stuff too. It's all about treating yourself this holiday season but keeping it healthy and real. Don't stress about "surviving" holiday parties or gaining weight-this December is about enjoying the holiday season with small treats and indulgences you can feel good about all month long.

5-Minute Meditation: Regular meditation can relieve stress, boost mood and improve focus. Try five minutes of guided meditation with an app, such as Stop,Breathe,Think, or simply take a few minutes to breath and notice how you feel, physically, mentally and emotionally.

Try This DIY Face Mask: Bring the spa home with this hydrating and toning face mask. Made from pantry ingredients, like avocados and honey, this mask comes together in minutes.

Go Outside: Get some fresh air, regardless of the temp outside (just bundle up if you live somewhere cold). This can be a quick walk or sledding adventure. Involve friends and family to have fun and help you beat the winter blues.

Write Down 3 Things You Are Grateful for: In this season, it can be easy to get caught up with obligations and to-dos. Try instead to focus on spending quality time with people you care about and celebrating another year. Jot down 3 things (big or small) that you are grateful for today.

Spend 20-Minutes Cuddled Up With a New Book: Take some well-deserved me time and enjoy a new book. Bring on the zen by pairing it with this Soothing Ginger-Lemon Tea.

Bundle Up and Take a Walk Outside: Taking a walk, even if it is only 10-minutes, can give you an energy and mood boost. Get out of the house and get moving today.

Try This DIY Hand Salve: Winter is synonymous with dry hands. Get ahead of it with this all-natural, herby hand salve made with sage and rosemary (bonus: it smells amazing).

Indulge in a Warm Cup of Hot Cocoa: Treat yourself! December is the perfect hot cocoa month, time to take full advantage.

Try This DIY Hair Mask: This easy, homemade hair mask helps cleanse and moisturize your hair. Three ingredients and 10 minutes is all it takes to make your DIY treatment.

Relax with a Holiday Movie: Who doesn’t love a good holiday movie? Round up some blankets and a festive snack, like our Winter Meat & Cheese Board, and make it a movie night (or day).

Bake Up Some Cookies and Enjoy: Nothing smells better than a house post-cookie baking session. Try one of our scrumptious cookie recipes, like one of our many thumbprint cookies, to brighten your Christmas Eve.

Give a Special Gift: Giving a thoughtful gift to someone else can actually make you feel really good. Make someone's day today and spread some holiday cheer.

Try This DIY Body Scrub: In the winter, your skin can use some love. This Cranberry-Coconut Salt Body Scrub is not only rejuvenating, but also festive.

Write Down 3 Goals for the New Year: The year is coming to a close. Time to reflect and start fresh into the new year. Take some time to yourself and write down three things you hope to accomplish in January and beyond.

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Shrimp Cauliflower Fried Rice

Pear, Gorgonzola & Walnut Salad

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Pizza-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Slow-Cooker Shrimp Posole Tacos

Apple Crisp with Cranberries

Roasted Butternut Squash & Pear Quinoa Salad

Creamy Chicken & Mushrooms

Panko- & Parmesan-Crusted Baked Scallops

Best Caesar Salad with Crispy Parmesan

No-Sugar-Added Oatmeal Cookies

Pan-Seared Halibut with Creamed Corn & Tomatoes

Spinach & Artichoke Dip Pasta

Honey-Garlic Chicken Thighs with Carrots & Broccoli

BBQ Baked Potatoes with Pork & Broccoli

Pumpkin-Spice Hot Toddy

Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Pumpkin Banana Bread

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Tinola (Filipino Ginger-Garlic Chicken Soup)

Grapefruit Elderflower Spritz

Slow-Cooker Spicy Mussels in Tomato-Fennel Ragu

Greek Salad Nachos

Smoked Gouda-Broccoli Soup

Almond & Pear Rose Tarts

Make-Ahead Broccoli-Cheddar Quiche

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