Avoid­ing christ­mas ki­los

Style Magazine - - Nutrition - BY AC­CRED­ITED DI­ETI­CIAN KARA MCCOLLOM

Avoid­ing the Christ­mas Ki­los

At Christ­mas we’re all tempted to in­dulge a lit­tle too much. It’s a chal­leng­ing time to em­brace healthy foods as we of­ten fear damp­en­ing the oc­ca­sion with­out all the ex­tras.

How­ever with plan­ning and a few tweaks to your Christ­mas menu, you can stay in good health white en­joy­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Nib­bles

Start with plat­ters of fruit, veg­eta­bles, un­salted nuts and rice pa­per rolls.

Serve with home­made dips/salsa and oven baked pita chips.

Avoid deep fried quiches, ka­bana and cheese and Jatz.

Main meals

Fill your plate with colour­ful sal­ads dressed with ex­tra vir­gin olive oil, fresh lemon juice and herbs. Avoid potato or pasta sal­ads and creamy dress­ings. Prawns, oys­ters and fish are great low calo­rie pro­tein op­tions, as well as lean tur­key, ham and skin­less chicken. A grainy bread roll or wrap can be a great ac­com­pa­ni­ment. Make sure there is plenty of min­eral wa­ter in­fused with fresh fruit, mint and plenty of ice to quench your thirst.

Dessert

Skip the plum pud­ding and take ad­van­tage of sea­sonal sum­mer fruits served as fruit skew­ers or in a fruit salad. The tra­di­tional tri­fle can be spruced by us­ing lots of fresh berries and low-fat cus­tard and diet jelly. When it comes to the beloved pavlova, fill in­di­vid­ual shells with fresh fruit topped with Greek yo­ghurt in­stead of cream. Re­mem­ber to en­joy the com­pany of fam­ily and friends with a side of food, rather than mak­ing food your fo­cus. Merry Christ­mas!

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