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Christmas Dinner Alternatives

14.12.2017

You could be led to thinking that being mindful of weight maintenance on the most calorific day of the year is in impossible feat. However, a few simple swaps and you will be cooking up a feast for the eyes and waistline in no time.

 

Original:

  • Dark turkey meat

Healthy alternatives:

  • White turkey meat, skinless
  • Salmon
  • Chicken breast, skinless
  • Lean beef
  • Nut roast

 

Original:

  • Processed gravy

Healthy alternative:

  • Drained turkey juices 

 

Original:

  • Roast potatoes

Healthy alternatives:

  • Wild rice
  • Baked sweet potato
  • Butternut squash mash
  • Boiled potatoes
  • Roast parsnips and carrots

 

Original:

  • Sausage meat stuffing  

Healthy alternative:

  • Cranberry and quinoa stuffing
  • Roasted chestnut or mushroom stuffing
  • Apricot and hazelnut stuffing

 

Original:

  • Vegetables fried and roasted in butter and sugar

Healthy alternatives:

  • Red cabbage, cooked with minimal sugar
  • Root vegetables, cooked with a splash of extra virgin olive oil
  • Any vegetable boiled, but cook so it retains some bite to keep as much as the nutrients as possible
  • Cook with plenty of herbs and spices for extra flavour

 

Original:

  • Pudding topped with custard, brandy butter, cream or ice cream

Healthy alternative:

  • Enjoy your favourite pudding with a dollop of 0% fat Greek yoghurt
  • Swap pudding for roasted fruit such as pears or peaches

 

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