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3 Tips for Smart Holiday Eating


Smart holiday eating is certainly a feat during the season of indulging. Yet, in the midst of our holiday preparations and parties, we need to put a foot down in the name of our health and reclaim our bodies to a state of wellness.

It’s tempting to wait until the New Year to make the effort to eat better. But, why wait? Why not start sooner, rather than later? We want to be able to enjoy the holidays and it takes a lot of energy to do so. If we’re not getting energy and nutrients from the proper foods, we might as well go into hibernation now.

Smart holiday eating sounds like we have to give up the treats that make us happy. But our bodies deserve better than processed sugary confections and empty calories! With the tips below, smart holiday eating won’t seem like a chore:

1. Read labels carefully

For those of us who might not know where to start, let the labels on your food do all the talking. Err on the side of caution with your ingredient lists; steer clear of high amounts of cholesterol, saturated fats, other toxins from contaminated ingredients and sugar.

Researchers from the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health specifically warn against a high intake of sugar, especially from SSBs, or sugar-sweetened beverages. One professor of public health policy stated that, “SSBs are a leading source of added sugar to the diet for adults and children in the U.S. and their consumption is strongly linked to obesity.”

Karviva was designed to fight this dangerous, sugary trend by only allowing plant-based ingredients, like monk fruit and Chinese red dates, to naturally sweeten each beverage. For example, this could be the difference between consuming 55 grams of sugar in a leading category juice to only 12 grams that comes naturally from the Aronia berries and Mung bean sprouts in Karviva’s Heal detox juice.

2. Understand what different ingredients do

Your body can benefit from different ingredients once you understand what they actually do!

For instance, we’ve already mentioned how Chinese red dates are a great natural sweetener. But were you aware that they can also be used as a seasonal allergy aid, anti-inflammatory or for weight control purposes?

And other superfoods aren’t a myth, either. Take Aronia berries, for example. These chokeberries are powerful antioxidants which are packed with essential vitamins, nutrients and dietary fibers. Food can act as medicine for our bodies, so be mindful of the ingredients you consume and how your body will be affected.

3. Try your hand at incorporating plant-based or vegan options

Trying to quit eating meat cold-turkey (pun intended) is not the easiest thing to do. It may not be for everyone, either. What’s important to remember is that high amounts of fat and cholesterol in certain meats can be harmful. Plant-based protein, on the other hand, has many proven benefits like lowering your risk of disease or giving you more energy. That’s why our next smart holiday eating tip is to incorporate vegan and plant-based dishes into your celebratory meals. And we’ve got three recipes ready for you to use!

Recipes #1 and #2 come from our friend Gina Marie, otherwise known as Vegan with Curves. She has two tasty recipes that take their own spin on holiday favorites: sweet potatoes glazed with Fruity Longan and vegan nog sweetened with Café Turmerific!

longan glazed roasted vegetables

Vegan Nog with Cafe Turmerific

Recipe #3 comes from our friends Debby Siegal with YoGoGirls and Chris Powers: no sugar added Divine Chestnut crepes!

no sugar added Divine Chestnut Crepes

vegan no sugar added crepes recipe with Karviva

In the end, smart holiday eating begins with a mindset determined to make healthy changes. Holidays can be hectic, and this sometimes leads to stress, but with a little more focus, and support from a close friend or relative, we can build up our motivation to eat right and continue down the path towards better health!

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Karviva's formulations are inspired by ancient food wisdom, designed to nourish Qi (the vital energy source) and Blood (key bodily nutrients). Our drinks uniquely focus on clean, nutrient-dense ingredients and formulations that maximize food synergies, adhering to principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine. This holistic approach enhances the natural properties of each ingredient, offering unique health benefits.

Karviva Whole Plant Juices can be stored at room temperature. Once opened, they should be refrigerated and consumed within one week for optimal freshness.

Yes, daily consumption of Karviva Detox Juice, for instance, has led many customers to report health improvements after two weeks. However, individual experiences may vary.

Yes, our smoothies and coffee drinks need to be refrigerated and are best enjoyed within one to two days of opening.

Our all-natural, organic drinks are suitable for all, including pregnant women and children. We recommend checking for any personal food allergies.

Absolutely. Karviva drinks are an excellent choice for those managing blood sugar levels or reducing sugar and carb intake, thanks to their low glycemic index and beneficial ingredients like aronia berry and cinnamon.

We carefully select ingredients based on their ideal growth conditions to ensure their therapeutic benefits. Our sourcing strategy includes aronia berries from the Midwest USA, quinoa from Bolivia, oats from Sweden, black soybeans from northern China, and coffee beans from Mexico. Most fruits are sourced from Washington and California, with our sprouts grown hydroponically for quality assurance.

In line with Traditional Chinese Medicine beliefs, we understand that climate, soil, and water quality significantly affect the therapeutic powers of plants. This focus ensures the highest quality and effectiveness of our ingredients.