From mince pie macaroons to spiced mulled wine, the smells and flavours of festive food delights is one of the big merriments of the Christmas season. However, with some reports suggesting the average person consumes 7000 calories on Christmas day, it can often be challenging to maintain a healthy balance.
Our nutritionist Rosie Cadogan, shares some decadent delights you can enjoy without missing out on those essential nutritious foods which help to keep you healthy and happy throughout the Christmas period.
Crisps and nuts are a party staple yet with 139 calories per handful for crisps and 181 calories for a handful of nuts, why not swap them for popcorn? Gourmet popcorn was a huge trend in 2017 and is here to stay. With a plethora of flavours from coconut or marmite to cinnamon, this versatile snack only contains around 71 calories per handful, depending on the flavour.
Dip into some salsa
The assortment of dips from guacamole to cheese and chive compliments any crudité. However, with 80g of carrots and cucumber being one of your five a day, instead of smothering it in sour cream, go for dollops of salsa or tzatziki. Salsa would count towards your five a day and the tzatziki made with natural or Greek yoghurt offer a source of calcium.
Spice it up with an apple warmer
With Christmas markets and festive wine stalls springing up everywhere, it’s easy to want to relax and toast the end of the year with your favourite Christmas punch. However, swapping your mulled wine for a spiced apple warmer will still give you the warming taste of cinnamon and spices whilst being completely alcohol-free.
Wrap up your veg
With small bites on offer at most Christmas do’s, it’s difficult to quantify your consumption when you are eating miniature versions of everything. A mini sausage roll provides you with 53 calories and two cheese straws offer 82 calories. If on offer why not swap for a sushi roll (30 calories) and plain breadsticks (2 provide 43 calories).
Try it yourself
Healthy food is essential to a productive workplace and providing our customers with a wider variety of options is becoming increasingly important to our clients. Even during the festive period, healthy eating is about education and choice, which is exactly what our award-winning Healthy Me initiative is all about.
Why not try our Healthy Me parsnip, pear and ginger loaf recipe?