Because healthy and delicious aren’t mutually exclusive categories.
Christmas is right around the corner – and so are the impending feasts! For most of us, the holiday period means lots of socailising, drinking and food, glorious food. Not to mention, the extra Christmas treats like puddings and mince pies.
But Christmas lunches (or dinners) can be tasty, delicious and, you guessed it, healthy. Yes, all at once. Here’s how.
Serve up healthy snacks
Veggie sticks, cherry tomatoes, cherries and fruit platters all make for delicious starters. Try cucumber circles instead of crackers, yoghurt-based dips, and home-made hummus instead of store-bought, high-fat options, chips and cream-based dips.
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Go for seafood!
Living in Australia we are so lucky to have a hot Christmas – and whilst a Christmas dinner with all the traditional trimmings is delicious, now is as good a time as any to swap your heavy, hearty meal for fresh oysters with a zesty vinaigrette, some quick and easy calamari (my Dad’s recipe is a sure fire hit!), or pan-fried salmon, served up with a gorgeous salad. These are all so tasty, and no one will notice how healthy they are. If you aren’t hosting Christmas at your house don’t fret – Christmas turkey can still be a healthy option, just be mindful of portions and take your time whilst you enjoy it.
Provide colourful, different salads and vegetables
Try adding some pomegranate or mango into your garden salad. Use different roast vegetables, and add fresh herbs for lots of colour. The human eye is attracted to vibrant colours, so use that to your advantage!
Festive drinks, without the added sugar
It’s as simple as flavouring soda water with fruit and herbs. My current favourite is pomegranate and mint, otherwise blueberry and ginger or cucumber and lime are fantastic options. All of these look fabulous in a big jug, and taste wonderful, too! When making the Christmas punch, use soda water as your base instead of lemonade or fruit juice to really cut back on sugar – but keep a festive effect.
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Provide different options
Serve the Christmas pudding with a choice of custard or frozen yoghurt, add some fruit salads to the table, and encourage people to eat when they’re ready, rather than immediately after lunch or dinner to allow time for the meal to settle. This will ensure smaller portions, less bloating and mindful eating – instead of eating simply ‘because it’s there.’
Get in some exercise
One of my favourite memories on Christmas day is a game of backyard cricket. Being active can help beat the afternoon slump, and leave you feeling more energised for the rest of the day. Plus there’s nothing like getting competitive with the family. Our family wager is whoever loses cleans up!
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