Six Christmas Food Hacks for a Healthier Festive Season


Choose nature’s lollies. Good riddance bowls of lollies, not only are they jam-packed with refined sugar messing with your Christmas spirit but having them lying around tempting fate is more than anyone can handle self-control wise. Instead, why don’t you chop some decadent seasonal fruit, I'm talking starfruit, pineapple and papaya, into bite-size pieces and leave in a bowl for you and your guests to nibble when necessary.

Move it. Everyone loves a good film at Christmas, but a week-long family TV marathon is not only going to wreak havoc with your metabolism but will stop you from catching up properly with your loved ones. Why don’t you whip out Google maps and plan an epic walk together taking in new sights of your surroundings. Don’t fancy a big hike? Pick a time and make it brisk walk time every day while you are all together.

Downsize. Serving meals with smaller plates is a simple yet effective hack. You are guaranteed to consume fewer mouthfuls and it may even slow your rate of eating down as you appreciate every mouthful. If your guests are not as keen, just subtlety swap out your plate whilst everyone is busy pouring gravy; no one will notice a few snipped ceramic centimeters.

Plant-based hero. Does your Christmas revolve around meat? Why don’t you try something different this year by making the sides the hero of the season. Fill up on nutrient-rich and calorie low salads and vegetable dishes making meat more of a sidekick. Eating in this way will make you feel less sluggish, increase your fibre and anti-ageing antioxidants intake.

Hydration is key. The easiest way to make sure you drink enough water is to get everyone else on board too. Try to sip the clear stuff every hour, on the hour. Simply get the kids watching the clock and shout ‘hydrate’ when both hands hit the top – just make sure its water and not white wine!

Mindful eating. Slow pace and Christmas don’t always go hand in hand, but when it comes to eating I want you to attempt to chill the pace. Check in with yourself and try to only eat when you are feeling calm, making sure you taste every mouthful by increasing your chews and tasting the love that has gone into every dish.

Rosie Mansfield

Please note: Rosie's blog is general advice only. For further information on this topic please consult your healthcare professional.

Category:Recipes, Nutrition

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