The Gift of Time!

simply well with holly niles


simply well with holly niles


This weekend I was at a restaurant where I couldn’t help but notice 2 friends sharing a meal at the bar.  They were having a great time; eating fresh oysters, chowder and having a great looking cocktail.  They were laughing and chatting with the other people around them and complimenting the staff about how great everything was. It was clear that they were happy to be together.  I was struck by the contrast of what I have recently seen at the mall with everyone running around trying to get just the right present.  The takeaway for me was about the joy of spending time with someone you like.  One of my friends, rather than buying presents for her circle of friends, made a date to share a meal with them. That’s the GIFT- time together.  No lines, no returns and no pressure to find the perfect thing.  Research supports the fact that stress depletes our immune system.  Ease your stress for the holidays and make the healthy choice of finding time to create a relaxed meal with a friend/family. That’s the gift that everyone can enjoy!


Simply Easy Tip: 

Make friends with your crock-pot.  This is a great time of year to use your crockpot for a simple, no-fuss meal-see recipe below.  Add a salad of greens with olive and lemon juice and you have an instant meal.


Simply Supportive: Ultra Potent C®-500

Vitamin C is a great immune support as a powerful antioxidant.  It’s not able to be stored in the body so we need to consume it in foods like fruits and vegetables and sometimes we need it as a supplement.  Choosing the right form of Vitamin C is important. Ultra Potent C®-500 has been shown to be better absorbed and is a helpful support to keep on hand for cold and flu season.


Simply Delicious: Easy Crockpot Paleo Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs


One medium spaghetti squash
One pound of ground Italian chicken sausage
One can of tomato sauce, I used a 14 ounce can
2 tbsp of hot pepper relish (optional)
4 to 6 cloves of garlic, whole
2 tbsp of olive oil
Italian seasoning (Oregano, Basil, Thyme) to taste, I used about 2 tsp
Note: Make sure you use a large 6 quart slow cooker for this recipe.


Dump your tomato sauce, olive oil, garlic, hot pepper relish and Italian seasoning into your slow cooker and stir well.
Cut your squash in half and scoop out the seeds.
Place your 2 squash halves face down into your slow cooker.
Roll your ground sausage into meatballs, then fit as many as you can in the sauce around the squash–about a half pound worth.
Cook on High for 3 hours or cook on low for 5 hours.
Use a large fork to pull the “spaghetti” out of your squash, then top with your meatballs and sauce.
Garnish with parsley if you feel fancy, and enjoy!



‘Simply Well’ Newsletter #56: The Gift of Time!