It’s the most wonderful time of the year (we bet you sang that line!)
Christmas is about spending quality time with loved ones and indulging in the festivities. But, many of us struggle to stay healthy over the holidays. With so many treats around, it can be tricky to make the right choices when it comes to food. Which is why, we’ve compiled a list of top tips, to make sure you have the healthiest and most enjoyable Christmas yet:
Watch portion sizes
Christmas is a time to indulge, but that doesn’t mean we need to eat more than usual. Try all the festive foods you like, but stick to your usual portion sizes. And remember that everything is fine in moderation.
Instead of roasting potatoes and Christmas veggies in butter or fat, try a lighter alternative like olive, vegetable or coconut oil. You can also add a splash of milk (at room temperature) and a little olive oil to mashed potato in place of butter or cream.
Have a pre-party snack
Eat something light, like a banana or yoghurt before heading out to a party. A light snack will satisfy your appetite and will stop you reaching for finger food.
Try healthier finger-food
If you’re throwing your own party over the holidays, you can opt for healthier finger-food options. Instead of processed foods like cocktail sausages and frozen spring rolls, try crackers and veggie sticks with hummus and pesto, or small bites like bruschetta or smoked salmon on brown bread with a little fresh dill. That way you and your guests can snack guilt-free!
Of course, we indulge in more treats than usual over the holidays, which is why it’s important to start the day off with a healthy breakfast. You can even keep things festive with a bowl of porridge topped with a handful of berries, a pinch of cinnamon and a spoonful of honey.
Also, veggie-packed omelettes or fresh green smoothies are great breakfast options which will keep you feeling fuller for longer (and less prone to snacking!)
Eating well isn’t the only thing you can do to stay healthy over the holidays. Although we tend to spend a lot more time indoors over the Christmas holidays, there are lots of outdoor activities to participate in too. Why not wrap up and take a wintry walk with the family, head to your local ice-skating rink or, if you’re feeling especially adventurous, take a dip in the crisp winter sea!
With so many people to please and so many mouths to feed, Christmas can be a stressful time of year. To make your Christmas as stress-free as possible, keep things simple and ask your family to pitch in. Many Christmas tasks can be fun for the whole family to do together. And, if others are with you they’ll feel less like a chore! It’s also important to make sure to take time for yourself over the holidays, even during those hectic preparations. Click here for ideas on how to relax and practice mindfulness over the break.
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