2017 planning
The end of one year and start of a new one always seems a momentous time for me. I usually spend about a 4-week period thinking about the year we have just completed - what I accomplished, what I wish I had done differently, etc., and then what I want to accomplish for the year ahead.

While it's not quite the time for New Year's Resolutions just yet, today I thought I would take just a few minutes to share what I am planning for New Holistic Living in 2017, and what these changes will mean for you...

Here are just a few of the things we have planned so far:

Paleo Snickers bars
Okay, it's the holiday season and I know you're surrounded by candy and treats at every turn, but most of those options aren't really all that healthy. Of course, eating a lot of sweet stuff really isn't good for us any time of the year, but it's okay to indulge in moderation once in a while - especially if you choose sweet stuff made from natural, whole, healthy ingredients.

If you're craving some holiday candy, but looking for something better (and better for you) than a regular candy bar, I'm here to help you out! :-)

This delicious, ooey-gooey, nutty, chocolatey treat is sort of like a Snickers bar - only better! Skip the processed sugar, waxy chocolate, and additives and fillers, and instead go for date caramel, crunchy nuts, and dark, antioxidant chocolate. Not only are these bars amazing, but they're also really easy to make, so you can whip up a quick batch ahead of time to tantalize your guests on Christmas eve around the tree!

Check out the recipe below to learn how to make these delectable Paleo treats.

Healthy holiday gifts
'Tis the season for gift-giving, and this week I thought I'd quickly share a few ideas to help you complete your holiday shopping!

Shopping can be challenging for the health-conscious consumer, especially this time of year, with tempting but not-so-healthy treats appearing at every turn. Luckily, there are plenty of healthy and environmentally-friendly gifts available, so you can treat even your most discerning friends to a gift that will delight and satisfy, while keeping the planet healthy as well.

Check out the gift ideas below for lots of helpful hints for shopping for even the most difficult-to-shop-for loved one!