23 Nov How to eat a healthy Christmas dinner without missing out!
We have been posting regularly about health tips that will ensure your body looks and feels fantastic. But, right now, we’re worried. And we know most of you are too. Why? Because Christmas is around the corner! That time of year when we stuff a lot more than the turkey. We gain weight eating fatty foods but that’s tradition, right? We can’t change Christmas can we? Well, fortunately, you don’t have to…
Here are some amazing, healthy tips to trim down the calories in your Christmas dinner without cutting back on your festive spirit:
Let’s talk turkey
Ok, it’s not Christmas if there’s no turkey. So you’ll be pleased to know the turkey is staying. Hurrah! However, like all poultry meat, the majority of the fat is found in the meat’s skin. So simply remove the skin and save around 40kcal per portion. Also, remember that light meat has fewer calories than the dark.
If you are the one cooking the turkey this year, then you should also prick the skin to allow the fat to drain out. Additionally, cooking it on a trivet or upturned ovenproof plate will prevent it from sitting in this fat whilst in the oven.
If you want a healthy Christmas stuffing then say good bye to the sausage meat. Instead use a chestnut or fruit-based stuffing. Chestnuts are perfect because they are seasonally festive and a great source of potassium too – your kidneys will love you!
Lovers of roast potatoes may not like this advice. But… do you want a healthy plate of Christmas food or not? By replacing your roasted spuds with baked potatoes you will save hugely on the calories and fat content of the potatoes, and yet, the flavour is every bit as good.
All gravy baby
Every chef knows that using the juices from the meat will make oh-so-tasty gravy. Well, you can still use the juices, however, we need to lose the fat. So, pour the turkey juices into a jug and wait for the fat to rise to the surface. Carefully pour or spoon the fat off before using what’s left for the gravy. Simple.
There is a lot of goodness in Christmas pudding: fibre, vitamin B, iron, potassium and calcium. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of sugar. So the first piece of advice is to limit yourself to one piece of Christmas pudding after your meal. The next is to avoid brandy butter and double cream – as if we needed to tell you! Instead, try either custard made with semi-skimmed milk or, better still, fat-free Greek yoghurt.
And there you have it. A healthy Christmas dinner that we’re already looking forward to already!