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Have a healthy Christmas

Christmas is associated with wonderful food, and historically often in excess. Today we are far more aware of eating healthily, however it can be difficult to stick to what is good for us when the food on offer is so tempting. Instead why not offer a healthier selection of food that is also tempting. In most cases it is possible to find tasty healthier alternatives to the traditional foods offered. Here are a few suggestions

Breakfast

After waking up early thanks to hyper children a good breakfast is always welcome. So how about Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Eggs, or a healthy Fruit Salad or a super smoothie (recipe below)

Red Berry Super Smoothie – serves 4

  • 450g bag of frozen berriessmoothie
  • 450g strawberry fat free yogurt
  • 100ml milk
  • 25g porridge oats
  • 2tsp of honey (optional)

Place the berries, yogurt and milk together in blender & blend until smooth. Add the porridge oats, then pour into 4 glasses and if desired drizzle some honey on top.

Lunch

Lunch is all about portion control, you can still enjoy a good festive meal, just aim to have more vegetables and white meat than potatoes and pigs in blankets. Below are a couple of recipes to add some extra flavour to your lunch

Healthier Roast Potatoes

Heat the oven to 250°C /230°C fan/ gas mark 9

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and chopped to desired size
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • Par boil the potatoes for 7 minutes, until they are slightly soft
  • Mix the oil, garlic, basil, rosemary, parsley & salt in a bowl & pour over the potatoes.
  • Toss the potatoes until they are fully coated & slightly fluffy
  • Spread evenly on a roasting or baking tray
  • Roast for 20 to 30 minutes.

Roasted glazed carrots

  • 2 kg carrots halved or quartered
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp red wine or cider vinegar
  • Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
  • Boil the carrots for 5 mins.
  • Drain & leave in a colander for a few mins
  • Mix oil, honey, vinegar and seasoning.
  • Add the carrots and mix
  • Spread evenly in a roasting or baking tin
  • Roast the carrots for 30-40 mins.

Supper

I never plan a meal for Christmas evening but normally have plenty of cheese and biscuits if we need them, which we all enjoy.  This year I think I will be offering some healthy homemade dips (leftover carrots from lunch blended with a little extra honey and cider vinegar, a simple guacomole and a salsa), with crudites – lots of celery, cucumbers & peppers.

If you have any good recipes for healthy Christmas treats please share them.

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