Have a healthy family meal this holiday season
As the eggnog, mince pies and cheese&pineapple sticks start to get passed around, it's very easy to give up on any concept of healthy nutrition! Today's advent calendar Challenge is to Have a healthy meal with your family.
Big family get-togethers are great around Christmas time but there is often a calorie price tag that comes with it - can you think of any other time when you have such a saturation of 3 course meals?! This is also the time of year when we crave warm, stodgy food to fill us up and put us practically into hibernation mode - but you can eat seasonal food without it being a total stogde-fest!
Tips to keep your family's food healthy
No matter what Nigella Lawson says, that is too much double cream!
As you'll be having more dessert than average this time of year, try to keep the choices healthy - go for fruit and nut based desserts which will still taste seasonal without being packed with saturated fat (it's still Christmas so you can always jazz it up with some booze!)
Steaming vegetables doesn't mean they're less tasty
You'll keep in the nutrients as well as the texture if you steam your veggies rather than boiling them; there is nothing worse than a broccoli stem which melts in your mouth! Steamed vegetables maintain more nutrients and more flavour than boiled veg, they also have less fat than traditional roasted veg. Use the steaming water as a healthy base for stock too!
Starters are designed to wet the appetite, not appease it!
If you're going all-out on 3 courses, remember that your starter portion doesn't have to resemble those you get in a restaurant. A small starter of smoked salmon with a creme fraiche and horseradish dressing is an elegant starter which is low in fat and carbs but high in flavour!
What family meals are you looking forward to most this festive season? How keen are your family on healthy eating choices?
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