Now that the festive period has arrived, it will be harder than ever to resist sweet treats and fatty foods at Christmas. Of course it’s nice to indulge, but without trying to take any of the joy away from Christmas, we can’t forget how the food we eat could potentially impact our health.
Christmas is the time when we come together with our families and enjoy delicious food. With the help of our healthy Christmas recipes from the around the web, you can enjoy your favourite foods without worrying about your health.
The NHS have got some great tips for reducing the fat of your Christmas dinner. Tips include cooking the turkey without the skin, which is the fattiest part of the bird – this saves 40 calories per portion. They also suggest pricking the meat so the fat can drain out and cooking it on an upturned oven-proof dish, rather than letting it sit in its own fatty juices.
This recipe from BBC Good Food uses leftover cranberry sauce to create a fresh and tasty salad. Made with red onions, skinless chicken breast, salad leaves, cucumber, dried cranberries and cranberry sauce, it’s the perfect meal idea for Boxing Day, with each portion only containing 190 calories.
Salmon is a delicious and healthy alternative to turkey on Christmas Day, especially when it’s served with a rich red wine sauce. This recipe from eatingwell.com uses parsley, shallots and dried mushrooms, served with barley, to make a wholesome and filling meal.
The festive bit of this recipe is in the dressing, consisting of shallots, red wine vinegar and butter spiced up with vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and cumin. Serve this salad as a starter or as an accompaniment to your turkey or salmon. Go to The Guardian website to read the recipe.
You’d be surprised how many of your Christmas calories come from alcohol. Swap the creamy liquors and sparkling wine for this warming recipe from health.com. Warm up apple cider with cinnamon, brown sugar, cloves and cinnamon for a festive drink you can serve with Christmas dinner.
It’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle all year round, which means eating a balanced diet, taking regular exercise and staying on top your health issues by going for check-ups. Things like planning ahead and taking out the right health insurance for you, can help guarantee you a better future.