Did you know that on average an adult puts on 3kilos over the holiday season?
All the hard work you have done over the year to be fit and healthy can be undone in just one short week! So, if you don't want that to be you this year, here are some great options for alternatives to the usual Christmas Day offerings!
Dips and Cheese: Chobani make a great range of dips that are not only low fat and low carb but packed with protein! If you love a cheese plate then don't miss out entirely and substitute your soft cheese with a good quality goats cheese, and use a good quality low fat cheddar for your hard cheese. Pair these with some veggie sticks or veggie and seed crackers for a well rounded healthy platter!
Entrees: We are very lucky that we live in a country with such beautiful produce and seafood. Christmas is the perfect time to use them! For a healthy, light entrée try some sautéed asparagus wrapped in prosciutto or a fresh prawn, avocado and smoked salmon layered parfait.
Mains: With the main course usually centring around good quality protein (turkey, ham, pork, seafood) the side dishes are usually the tricky part. For a roast veggie mix with a difference try a Mediterranean roast with capsicum, zucchini, sweet potato, green beans, eggplant, capsicum, olives and herbs. Or sautee brussel sprouts with a little lean bacon. Lastly steam broccolini, green beans, asparagus and zucchini and drizzle with olive oil & balsamic vinegar and top with crumbled feta and pine nuts.
Dessert: Using the awesome Chobani again, we can make a deconstructed pavlova for a healthier dessert option! In a deep round glass place some chopped up fruit and berries (kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mango etc) at the bottom and then place a spoon of Chobani plain yoghurt on top then pop a couple of mini meringues on top of the yoghurt. Repeat until the glass is full and finish with fresh passionfruit! A little bit naughty still but mostly nice!
Drinks: As always try to alternate a glass of alcohol with a glass of water. In terms of alcohol selection stick with champagne and clear spirits mixed with soda water. For non alcoholic drinks make up some pitchers with sparkling water and fresh fruit and ice for a summery, refreshing, low calorie drink!
With some planning and thinking ahead you can plan your healthiest Christmas meal yet! Enjoy this special time with your family and we look forward to being your health and fitness guides in 2018!
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