We’ve put together some quick and easy recipes that are healthy and delicious so you can still stay on track with your weight loss goals this Christmas.
We’ve put together a Festive Cookbook so you can go into this fun time of year knowing all the tips, tricks and info to have a great time without going overboard.
We’ve included more than 30 of our favourite, easy-to-prepare recipes to suit the season including starters, mains, sides, and desserts specially developed by our team of nutritionists to bring you tasty, festive food that’s balanced.
Within this cookbook, there are many vegetarian options. You can also swap the non-vegetarian ingredients in the recipes for a completely meat-free dish.
Christmas Healthy Meal Planner
Starters and Appetisers
To help you to stick to your goals these Christmas holidays, think light, think tasty and make the most of the seasonal produce that is plentiful at this time of year.
Rice-&-Nut-Stuffed Butternut Squash with Christmas Spiced Chermoula
433 calories per serve
This is the time when you can wow your guests with good quality, fresh seasonal produce. Delicious vegetarian side dishes are a vegetarian’s dream! They can be a showstopper alongside your main meal.
You can sprinkle on cranberries or chestnuts for that added Christmas feel. Fresh chestnuts must always be cooked before use and should never be eaten raw.
To cook them, you can first remove the chestnuts from their skins by either boiling or roasting them. For both options, you can first make a small incision in the skin.
Once cooked, peel off the tough shell and the papery thin skin underneath. Peel the nuts whilst hot (as it’s impossible to peel a cold chestnut!) to ensure the complete removal of the inner brown furry skin, called the ‘tan’, which is bitter.
Instead of using calorie heavy pastry or biscuits, strawberry Santas use delicious, fresh strawberries and replace the traditional whipped cream that is often a staple of festive desserts with low-fat cream cheese. Fantastic for the kids’ table at a Christmas party.
Ingredients (Makes 2 servings)
1 punnet strawberries (250 grams)
1/2 cup light cream cheese (130 grams)
1 tbsp lemon zest (16 grams)
Wash and pat dry the strawberries.
Cut the top off the strawberries removing the green leaves, so that the strawberries can stand up flat on a plate.
Cut the bottom 1/3 of the strawberries off and reserve for Santa’s hat.
Combine the cream cheese and zest. Fill a piping bag with the cream cheese and carefully pipe a triangle shape onto the wide part of the strawberry to form Santa’s beard.
If you don’t have a piping bag use a ziplock bag and fill with cream cheese mix then snip off a small corner to use instead.
Add a small dollop of the cream cheese at the small top of the strawberries and place the small pieces you cut off on top to represent Santa’s hat.
Place in the fridge and chill for 10 minutes before serving. This recipe makes 2 serves so divide equally to serve.
The kids will love these Gingerbread People. They can even decorate them themselves.
Want to try out some more Christmas recipes? Try out our Festive Cookbook
We’ve put together this Festive Cookbook so you can go into this fun time of year knowing all the tips, tricks and info to have a great time without going overboard.
We’ve included over 30 of our favourite, easy-to-prepare recipes to suit the season including starters, main, sides and desserts specially developed by our team of nutritionists to bring you tasty, festive food that’s balanced.
As well as delicious, healthy recipes, you will also get some of our best hints and tips for how to get through the festive season without feeling bloated, lethargic or guilty on the other side. Tips include:
How to have a healthy festive season
Surviving the part food table
Alcohol do’s and dont’s
Getting back on track
Taking time out for yourself to enjoy life and be close with family and friends is what’s most important, and there’s no need to miss out on all the fun this time of year brings. Get the Festive Cookbook here.
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