HEALTHY FESTIVE SEASON SNACK OPTIONS
When it comes to snacks and treats, temptation is all around us at Christmas. Luckily there are many ways to strike a balance between maintaining a healthy diet and joining in with the fun and festivities.
Make some traditional favourites less kilojoule-heavy with these tips:
Can’t resist mince pies? Remove the pastry lid and have an open-top mince pie to cut down on kilojoules and fat.
Don’t have dips made with cream or cream cheese. Choose tomato-based dips, such as salsa, or mix some chopped herbs into low-fat yoghurt.
Serve rice cakes, oatcakes or plain popcorn with drinks, instead of chips and salted nuts.
Some seasonal favourites make healthy festive snacks. Strawberries are delicious and high in Vitamin C (just ditch the cream.)
If a cheese plate is a family favourite, swop the creamier cheeses for low-fat cheese like Swiss or mozzarella, or opt for aged varieties that have lots of flavour, so they don’t leave you wanting more.
Serve mixed nuts still in the shell. Taking the time to crack them and peel off the shells will slow you down and help prevent mindless munching.
Instead of sausage rolls or crumbed chicken fingers, make grilled and marinated chicken bites, mini meat skewers or low-fat ostrich meatballs.
Make a large tray of crudités – slice up a pile of carrots, bell peppers, snap peas, mushrooms, broccoli and cauliflower florets, then serve with a low-fat dip.
And finally, forget the usual bowl of foil-wrapped chocolates and rather dip strawberries, bananas or even marshmallows in antioxidant-rich dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth.