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Healthy twists on traditional Christmas food

Christmas is a time of merriment and fun where enjoying ourselves is top of the list for a few days. It can be hard to motivate ourselves to stick to our healthy habits over the festive season but there are some small things you can do that won’t take away from the enjoyment!

It doesn’t have to be boring. A homemade cranberry sauce is a delicious way to put a healthy twist on a Christmas favourite. A simple recipe is to mix one cup of apple cider vinegar, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, three cups of cranberries and a third of a cup of dates. 

Dates are naturally sweet and so won’t overpower the sauce. They’re also high in fibre and antioxidants which will help keep your digestive system running smoothly.

Gravy is another Christmas favourite that is easy to make more healthy. Gravy is often made with stock cubes which contain a high amount of salt. An alternative to traditional stock cubes is to use a vegetable stock cube that is lower in salt.

If you’re feeling very adventurous, you can try making your own vegan gravy. You just substitute the meat juices and stock cubes with mushrooms and mushroom broth to create a gravy that can be enjoyed with any Christmas dinner, meat or no meat!

What about the stuffing? For many of us stuffing is one of the most important parts of a Christmas dinner. If you’re making your own, you may normally use white bread which is low in fibre. Swapping the white bread for wholegrain bread which has more fibre, even if it’s just for the turkey sandwiches, it can an easy way to be healthy.

The most important thing is to enjoy yourself over the festive period and don’t be too hard on yourself if you overindulge. Tis the season!

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