This Christmas there is no excuse to fall off of your clean eating train. We know that you have worked so hard all year to create the physique and regime that suits you. This blog will give you healthy and most importantly TASTY methods of creating and prepping your Christmas dinner. Oh and P.S… the family won’t even notice the changes! Trust me, we have tested and trialed them.. (even WE thought there was nothing tastier that goose-fat roasties but think again!)

Turkey

“The Piece de Resistance”

Taking place at the centre of your table every Christmas is your mother’s carefully chosen Turkey which she fought the lady next to her in the butchers long and hard for. It deserves to be dressed well and should get first class treatment from the moment it arrives at your house to the moment it hits your fork.

A typical serving of Turkey is 520kcal, 1130mg of sodium and 195mg of colestrol… What the FORK?! We would like to introduce you to some healthier alternatives.

STOP   100g of butter-basted turkey with the skin on (146kcal // 4.9g fat)

SWAP  100g of skinless turkey basted in coconut oil (104kcal // 2g fat)

SAVE   42kcal // 2.9g fat

Stuffing

“The Old-Time Favourite”

Moving onto the second best part of your Christmas dinner… the stuffing. Just one cup of bread based stuffing can boost your calorie intake by 356kcal, OUCH. Avoid those uneccessary carbs by using quinoa instead of bread: just as tasy, just as filling, just as good so GET STUFFED.

Quinoa is a supergrain and averages around 222kcal per cup. It contains only 13mg of sodium whereas bread- based contains a massive 1086mg of sodium. Put your own personal spin on your stuffing by packing it full of flavours that you enjoy: fresh herbs, apples, cranberries, pecans… the list goes on!

If you usually make stuffing with sausage meat then:

STOP   100g of sausage meat stuffing (252kcal // 16g fat)

SWAP  100g of dried fruit and roasted chesnut stuffing (162kcal // 0.8g fat)

SAVE   90kcal // 15.2g fat

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Cranberry Sauce

“The Perfect Sidekick”

Cranberry sauce can be a secret diet killer, just like marmalades and jams. Just that little (or big) spoonful of tangy goodness can stamp on your diet quicker than you can say MEAL PREP. Our zero calorie, zero carb and zero glycemic index recipe is even tastier than that jarred stuff in your cupboard that’s been waiting to make an appearance on your plate all year.

You will need:

2 punnets of fresh cranberries

Half a cup of orange or pineapple juice

3 tablespoons of sugar-free apple sauce

Half a cup of water

Zest & juice of one orange

Honey to taste

Method:

Put all wet ingredients including the cranberries in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Stir constantly until the cranberries start to explode (exciting, eh?). Reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes and allow to cool. Taste the sauce; if it isn’t sweet enough for you then keep adding honey until perfect.

Potatoes

“Just like Mums”

Now we know that it might take a little more convincing to swap ALL of your white potatoes for sweet potatoes. Check out our 2 healthier alternatives below:

White potatoes –

STOP   100g potatoes roasted in oil (149kcal // 4.5g fat)

SWAP  100g baked potatoes (109kcal // 0.1g fat)

SAVE   40kcal // 4.4g fat

Oh so sweet potatoes –

Sweet potatoes are packed with over 400% of your daily needs of vitamin A and they have more fibre and potassium as well as fewer calories than the standard potato; surely the swap is a no brainer? Score your whole sweet potatoes length ways and width ways, stuff with garlic & rosemary and place a couple of shavings of coconut oil in the cuts. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes at 200c.

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Christmas Pudding

“The Best ’til Last”

Yes, that’s right. CHRISTMAS PUDDING is even making an appearance on your table. Check out our alternative recipe below so you can have the supermodel of all Christmas Puddings parading up and down your table this year…

Cake

1 cup of mixed dried fruit

¼ cup of dried cherries

1 scoop vanilla protein

1 tsp ground cinnamon

¼ cup of oat flower

1 tsp orange zest

3 tbsp almond milk

Topping

1/8 cup of Greek yoghurt

½ tsp vanilla protein

½ tbsp. Truvia sweetener

Method

Mix together all dry ingredients

Add the orange and almond milk to form a thick dough

Line a dome-shaped bowl with cling film and place the dough firmly in the bowl

Leave to set in the fridge for 3 hours

Once set, make the icing by mixing all topping ingredients together well

Generously pour the topping over your set cake and voila! Eat & enjoy!

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Merry Fitness & Healthy New Year

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