‘Tis the season to indulge! Christmas is notorious for eating, drinking and more eating. And if you’re health-conscious, this time of year can be hard to maintain balance and stay on track with your healthy eating plan.
However, the good news is there are some simple ways to include healthy options in your Christmas and post-festive meals.
Let’s take a look at some easy to make, festive food favourites that are lower in fat, contain reduced sugar and less salt. For a healthier Christmas, plan your meals in advance and incorporate some of these delicious dishes…..
1. Low Fat Red Pepper Hummus
Always a tasty crowd pleaser and the perfect starter for sharing, this red pepper hummus recipe is naturally low in fat. And it contains lots of vitamin C, which helps to protect your immune system. Add some sticks of celery, carrots, bell peppers, crispbreads or wholegrain chips to make it a super healthy festive starter.
2. Butternut Sweet Potato Soup
If you’re looking for a low calorie, gluten free, paleo and vegan starter then you can’t go wrong with this butternut squash sweet potato soup. Packed full of vitamin A for healthy eyes, skin and the immune system.
3. Low-fat potato gratin
And for a delicious side dish that no one can resist, we have this low-fat potato gratin recipe. Substituting traditional ingredients for light butter, reduced fat cheese and fat-free milk make it a much healthier alternative.
4. Low calorie roasted brussel sprouts
Whether you’re a fan of them or not, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without brussel sprouts. This festive vegetable is in peak season in December and with the perfect mix of flavours can taste great. They are a fantastic soure of fibre and vitamins, especially Vitamin C and folic acid.
5. Healthy slow cooker cranberry sauce
Take some of Christmas day cooking and have the house smelling of fresh cranberries with this delicious healthy slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe. You can prepare this side ahead of time and have it ready to serve.
As well as adding extra flavor to any festive dinner, cranberries are an awesome superfood. They contain disease-fighting antioxidants. And can also improve your digestion and reduce cholesterol.
6. Hearty mashed root vegetable
And this side dish is full of flavour as well as vitamin A. An important vitamin for lowering inflammation and keeping your eyes and skin healthy. This vegan dish is so easy to make and is a great addition to any festive meal.
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without dessert. A great way to keep your sugar levels low is to bake homemade desserts that will satisfy your sweet craving but are lower in sugar. Here are two of our favourites.
7. Lower Fat Strawberry Cheesecake
8. Lychee and lime sorbet
And of course, there’s always leftovers to indulge in on St. Stephen’s Day. Here’s two simple, tasty yet healthy ideas of what to make with all that leftover turkey.
9. Turkey Salad
10. Turkey Quinoa Taco Wraps