With one day left until we indulge in Thanksgiving festivities, we rounded up some holiday tips and tricks from HealthKick partner and Pure Barre New York instructor Shari Katz. Read on for part two of our series on our Fall Corporate Fitness Challenge (read part one with Lindsay Stiegler of Orangetheory Fitness here):
Shari Katz, Pure Barre New York:
This year my husband and I (just married one month ago today!) are going to Maryland to spend time with my family, run in my aunt and uncle’s annual neighborhood 5K with our dog, Cozy, and eat ALL of the turkey and apple crisp.
How do you prepare for the disruption to your normal workout + nutrition routine?
I tell myself, as I do every year: don’t be hard on yourself on Thanksgiving! Eat that extra portion, have one more scoop of stuffing, you work so hard year round so it’s ok to indulge.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish to make?
Apple crisp! My secret ingredient is butterscotch chips– I add these bad boys to just about every baked good I make. (Note: we snagged the recipe, below!)
How do you change up your fitness routine to accommodate for all of the extra treats, glasses of wine and late nights celebrating with friends and family?
After Thanksgiving, I jump right back into my fitness schedule, incorporating a few more HIIT exercises into my routine to wake the metabolism back up.
Any tips for those unsure of how to maintain a healthy routine during this time?
It’s all about balance. If you know you’re going to go hog wild on Thanksgiving, then maybe add 30 more minutes to your workout routine on the days leading up and the days following. Also, make sure to keep the water coming. A lot of times, we confuse thirst for hunger! Before the big meal, have at least two big glasses of water. Throughout the night, for every glass of wine you consume, pair it with a glass of water. Your body (and head) will thank you in the morning!
Shari’s famous apple crisp recipe:
6 granny smith apples
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp raw cane sugar
2 cups oats
1.5 cups light brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
2 sticks butter (room temp)
3/4 cup of butterscotch chips
- Assemble crumble in mixing bowl. Refrigerate.
- Peel and cube apples. Place in 9×13 Pyrex dish.
- Sprinkle lemon juice, cinnamon and cane sugar on apples and mix.
- Crumble the topping over the apples to make a layer.
- Bake at 375 F for 30 mins.
- Enjoy. Dare you to not go back for thirds.
Join Shari at Pure Barre during the Corporate Challenge from Nov 27- Dec 3 and win prizes for you and your company! Details HERE.
Follow Shari on Instagram at instagram: @shar_katz