AVOID THE CHRIST­MAS KILOS

Style Magazine - - Nutrition -

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 while en­joy­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties. NIBBLES Start with plat­ters of fruit, veg­eta­bles, un­salted nuts and rice pa­per rolls.

Serve with home-made dips/salsa and oven-baked pita chips.

Avoid deep-fried quiches, ka­bana, 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 lots 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.

BY AC­CRED­ITED DIETICIAN KARA MCCOLLOM

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