THE CALORIE CUT
Behold, a delicious way to use up leftovers that won’t leave you comatose till the New Year
How to carve the fat from your Boxing Day pie
The puff pastry atop this dish sends the sat fat content soaring to 16g – 80% of your RDA – per slice. Yeesh. Scientists are debating the role sat fat plays in heart health, but it’s a no-brainer that eating pastry laden with the stuff will do your waistline no favours.
Refashion the pie lid from sweet potato and root veg. Animal research* suggests that adding sweet spuds to a high-fat diet (’tis the season) could reduce the overall amount of weight gained. Bonus points for digestionstimulating fibre, too.
Throw leftover broccoli and sprouts into your Boxing Day creation and you’ll add two serious sources of alphalipoic acid – an antioxidant shown in research* to increase insulin sensitivity, which is essential for staying trim.
TRIM THE FAT
Switch from full- to low-fat crème fraiche to do away with 300 calories and a chunk of sat fat. Plus, research* shows that people who habitually eat lowrather than full-fat dairy are less likely to feel exhausted, sad or anxious. Happy days.
Strip out the bacon and you could quell your rapacious festive appetite. German scientists found that high-sodium foods intensify hunger, leading you to eat more than you want or need. Not ideal when the cheeseboard beckons.