It’s at this time of year most of us like to indulge. Whether you let your sweet tooth get the better of you or you have a tendency to have a few extra drinks. Christmas has always been known as a time of excess. But what can we do to minimize the negative effects of this seasonal glutton on our bodies?
We are going to cover how to make a healthy version of the classic Christmas lunch as well as natural treats sweets and stocking fillers that will keep you and your family on track to a healthy Christmas
What’s for dinner?
The classic turkey is a good source of protein and dose provide the body with B vitamins, unfortunately the way in which we cook the bird can leave a lot to be desired as far as keeping your body healthy. So what can be done? There are a number of options available for people wanted to minimise their fat intake and avoid piling on the pounds.
A single serving of turkey contains around 5.8g of fat by simply removing the skin you can reduce this by 50% This is a huge saving with very little effort involved. If you wanted to take things a step further, another method would be us a slow cooker or a pressure cooker meaning that they is no oils used in the cooking process and making your meal healthier once again.
Roast potatoes these little guys have got to be my favourite part of any roast dinner but they do soak up a lot’s of trans-fats and nasty oils during the cooking process. One method I have tried before is baking potatoes rather than the traditional shallow fry this method works great but its best to bake lots of smaller potatoes rather than the large baking potatoes most of us are now used to. This can reduce the fat from around 9gs per portion to just 0.4g
Vegetables the traditional vegetables such as Brussels sprouts and carrots are low in fat and high in anti-oxidants but through over cooking you can lose a lot of the good stuff they can offer your body. Steaming is a great way to cook vegetables without letting all the nutrients escape through the water they are boiled in (Although that can be a great stock for your gravy)
But what’s for dessert
This is where we may well have to make a break from tradition as Christmas pudding are notoriously high in calories. There are healthier methods of making them but if you really are trying to keep of the pounds it might be a better idea to replace this desert with something a little more forgiving. Fruit crumbles are always a good idea and can be nice and healthy depending on which recipe you’re following.
And to wash it down?
Sorrel is probably the best loved Christmas drink in the Caribbean. The drink is made from the petals of the sorrel plant and produces a deep red drink with a fruity, yet tart taste. Often it is made with ginger and spices such as cloves or cinnamon for a richer flavour. Sorrel is usually served chilled although it can also be served as a hot tea.
As well as being delicious, Sorrel is also highly nutritious and is said to have anti-cancer properties and provide a significant boost to the immune system. In fact Sorrel is so health enhancing it is now being considered as a ‘nutraceutical’ and spirits such as vodka or gin can be added to put a bit of kick in your Christmas punch bowl.