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Simple Christmas Food Swaps

Christmas is a time to relax, unwind and celebrate with loved ones, and we often allow ourselves to indulge in tasty food and drink. Rather than face the New Year feeling bloated and unhealthy, it’s wise to keep an eye on our calorie intake, even if that just means making a few small swaps. Often we munch on snacks without giving them a lot of thought – these tasty alternatives won’t make you feel like you’re missing out, plus your heart will thank you come January!

Christmas Dinner

This delicious annual feast should of course be savoured, but there are simple tricks that will reduce calories without compromising on taste:

  • Opt for white turkey meat instead of dark, and avoid the skin
  • Make your own delicious stuffing, as store-bought packs usually contain lots of butter
  • Load up on veg over potato – we guarantee it will fill you up!
  • Don’t deny yourself dessert, but frozen yoghurt is just as delicious on Christmas pudding as ice-cream

At Parties

Social calendars are at their busiest during December – you’ll be catching up with friends and of course, heading along to the office Christmas party. Don’t deny yourself tasty canapés; just make some clever choices when they’re offered. Also, try and have dinner beforehand so you won’t feel too hungry.

  • Go for shrimp instead of greasy sausage rolls
  • Avoid the crackers in a cheeseboard; grapes and apple slices are just as flavoursome
  • Enjoy a glass of Champagne rather than creamy, calorific cocktails
  • Add sparkling water to white wine for a refreshing and tasty Spritz

At home watching Christmas movies

This is one of the best things about Christmas; being able to relax with the family in front of the fire, watching Elf or Miracle on 34th Street. However, with selection boxes and tins of chocolates lying around, it can be tempting to go overboard with the snacking! Here are some easy (but tasty) trades:

  • Replace crisps and dips with carrot sticks and hummus or Greek yoghurt
  • Nibble on dried fruit rather than tucking into that selection box
  • Popcorn is a healthier alternative to crisps
  • Opt for almonds and pistachios over salty, oily peanuts

All reasonable and achievable aims at an on-the-go time of year, and a great way to avoid panicked visits to the gym or fad crash diets at the start of January!