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How Daphne Oz stays healthy during the holidays


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Health heiress and cool New Yorker, Daphne Oz (Photo: daphneoz.com)

Genes and family history always play role in overall health—but for Daphne Oz, that’s true on multiple levels.

Her father, you may have heard, is the celeb heart surgeon Mehmet Oz, M.D., whose super popular talk show tackles everything from food labels to meditation. But she’s made her own name in the wellness world, writing two healthy lifestyle books (including Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun), co-hosting ABC’s The Chew, and recently teaming up with T.J. Maxx and Marshalls for a holiday gift guide full of fitness-related picks.

As a new mom and busy New Yorker, Oz knows the holidays can be super hectic and take over your regular wellness routine. Which is why the health heiress is spilling her down-to-earth tips (think, at-home workouts and wine time with friends) for staying fit and sane.

What are your favorite holiday dishes to whip up? Winter is such a great time to do beautiful roasted vegetables. I love caramelizing carrots with cumin and cinnamon, then adding them to quinoa with a vinaigrette made from Dijon mustard, apple cider, olive oil, orange juice, and a splash of maple syrup. I top it with goat cheese.

I’ll also make roasted chicken or roasted fish. I’ll do a whole Branzino and put it in foil with rosemary, thyme, garlic, and olive oil—it comes out perfect! It’s one of those dinners you can put out and feel like you’re having a really special meal, but it won’t cost you your health.

What about snacks (aside from the holiday cookie platter)? When I’m at home, I love hummus and vegetables, or cheese on fiber crackers. Another thing I do is mash feta cheese with cucumbers, pepper flakes, olive oil, salt, and sliced tomatoes, that I throw right on GG crackers with a few parsley leaves. On the go, I always have nuts and fruits in my bag. I love clementines and pears this time of year.

You teamed with T.J.Maxx and Marshalls to do a holiday gift guide—how do you shop for a health pro like your dad? In TJ Maxx, I saw this kayak on sale and I thought, all my dad ever wanted when we were growing up was to spend time together. He loves to be active and be outdoors. For my sister, who’s a gym bunny, I’ll get fun workout clothes. And I’m getting my husband a new tennis racket and tennis lessons.

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Daphne Oz (right) during her pregnancy, with Mary Helen Bowers (left) and Latham Thomas (center). (Photo: Instagram/DaphneOz)

Love those ideas! How do you, personally, stay fit? Now that I have a baby at home, I really love online workouts, like Physique 57 and Ballet Beautiful. The nice thing about them is that you only need space for a mat, a sturdy chair, and a ball.

I was also just introduced to Barry’s Bootcamp, which is totally wild and kind of awesome, and I love SoulCycle and Flywheel. I love a balance of cardio with HIIT.

How else do you prioritize your well-being this time of year? I love to walk. When I was pregnant, that was my main form of exercise. I make it a huge priority—it lets your brain unravel and decompress.

I have also been having my girlfriends over for pizza parties every couple weeks. We throw a few toppings on and have wine. You never want to lose sight of those people who make you feel so connected and understood. —Molly Gallagher

For more information, visit www.daphneoz.com