Tops tips for Healthy Eating at Christmas
Top Tips for Healthy Eating at Christmas
The festive season usually means overindulgence in food and drink and less focus on healthy eating and exercise. By the time we reach the New Year we can often feel our waistbands tightening and our weighing scales buckling.
Here’s a few simple tips to help you enjoy the festive season in a more guilt-free style
- Instead of crisps or cheese straws try dipping strips of cucumber, raw carrot or peppers into low fat hummus or salsa dips
- Alternate every alcoholic drink with a glass of water. We often forget about the calories in our booze yet alcohol has almost as many calories per gram as pure fat.
- Start your buffet with the salad items. It is well known that we are far more likely to overeat at a buffet so try to fill your plate with the healthier foods first.
- Make your own healthy mince pies. Avoid putting pastry lids on the pies and add grated carrot and apple to the mincemeat mixture. This will increase the fruit and veg content and reduce the amount of fat and sugar in your pies.
- Avoid leaving bowls of snacks such as crisps and chocolates on the table at home. If you must have nibbles out try small bowls of unsalted mixed nuts, breadsticks, dried fruit or vegetable crudités.
- Avoid going to parties on an empty stomach. Aim to have a healthy snack or light meal before you arrive to stop you from overindulging. It could be as simple as throwing an apple in your bag.
- A traditional Christmas dinner of turkey, roast potatoes and vegetables is about as balanced as they come, just avoid cooking with lots of oil. A good guide is to use no more than 1 teaspoon of oil per person that you’re cooking for.
- Choose sausages with a high meat content (80% meat or higher) and extra lean bacon for your pigs in blankets. Grill or bake them on a wire rack so the fat can drain off during cooking.
- Eat slowly. We are more likely to overeat if we go too quickly. Take your time to chew your food and try putting your knife and fork down between each mouthful. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you become full.
- Don’t forget to exercise. Christmas doesn’t have to be a holiday from exercise. A brisk walk after your Christmas lunch will help to increase your heart rate and burn some calories. Adults should aim to do 2.5 hours of moderate intensity exercise each week.
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