Happy new year with holiday treats and beyond...

Updated: Jan 3

Happy new year from our Sena family to yours!

It’s that time of year - holiday treats were plentiful and perhaps we chowed down on a lot of sugary foods. So now that we’ve enjoyed the confections of the season we can also be kinder to ourselves by paying attention to our well being. There are options, and practicing wellness doesn’t have to mean sacrifice.

One way we can help is to stay hydrated - with water! Alcoholic beverages are dehydrating to the body, and so is coffee. So add some extra water to the menu. Water flushes out toxins and provides energy as it keeps cellular enzymes active.

Another way we can help is to indulge in ‘health-ier' treats in the new year. Cut down the sugar in baking recipes by half and choose to not use refined cane sugar;, you know, the white bleached stuff and its sisters turbinado, light & dark brown, demerara, and agave. Use real maple syrup or coconut sugar. Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index, which means it will keep blood sugar from spiking as fast as it would from cane sugar. Keep in mind that coconut sugar is dark brown in color (because it’s less processed) so butter cookies won’t look white.

So with holiday spirit and much love as we move forward in a new year, Sena Health offers these curated, 'health-ier' recipes that do not require sacrifice - they taste great!


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Adapted from recipe by NICOLE MODIC OF @KALEJUNKIE

This recipe is meant to be eaten raw, it does not contain eggs. Tahini is a paste made of ground sesame seeds. (Good brands are 365 organic Tahini, Seed and Mill, and Soom.) Sesame seeds are a good source of healthy fat, B vitamins, protein, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Almond flour is gluten free, high in protein and healthy fat, and keeps the carb content low.


  • 1/4 cup almond flour

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)

  • 3 tbsp tahini

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 3 tbsp chocolate chips/chunks (Hu Gems brand work great)

  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and enjoy. Store it in the fridge for up to 5 days.


Holiday Nog / Chai Almond Milk

Recipe from Meghan Telpner:


  • Enjoy Holiday Nog all through the winter season.

  • This recipe makes a quart, cut it in half to make 16 ounces.

  • For a quicker version use store bought almond milk instead of the almonds and water.

  • If using a high speed blender add 2 - 3 tablespoons of chia seeds; the blender will grind them so they are not noticeable and they will add nutritional value and thicken the milk.


  • 1 cup almonds, soaked overnight in cold water then rinsed well (discard the soaking water) [skip this if using store bought almond milk]

  • 4 cups water [or 4 cups of store bought almond milk]

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp cardamom

  • 1 tsp coriander seeds

  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg

  • honey or dates to sweeten (just a little!)


  • Place all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.

  • Pour through a fine mesh strainer or nut sack. (Skip this step if using store bought almond milk.)

  • Store in the fridge in a mason jar for 3-4 days.

  • Can be heated over the stove for a warm delight!


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