Seven healthy Christmas lunch ideas
It’s easy to eat over
2000 calories from Christmas lunch alone. It means in just one
meal, an average woman can get more calories than she needs in
a whole day!
However, by making small changes to your festive
lunch you can help cut back on some of the calories and
fat while still enjoying a traditional lunch with all the
1. Opt for a healthy starter
First off, try a light starter of vegetable sticks with low fat
dips, or make your own soup with seasonal vegetables and help reach
2. Go skinless
Turkey is low in fat and a good source of protein, but remember
to remove the skin before eating and help cut back on your fat intake. And when roasting your meat or
turkey use a metal rack or trivet to allow the fat to drain off,
but don't use this fat to roast your potatoes.
3. Choose chunky spuds
into larger chunks to stop them absorbing as much fat and roast
them in a small amount of unsaturated oil like olive oil or
sunflower oil. Don't be afraid to serve up lots of different
vegetables (steam, microwave or boil where possible) and flavour
with fresh herbs, spices or lemon juice rather than butter or
4. Have a fruity stuffing
Make stuffing using dried fruit like dried apricots or
cranberries or chestnuts rather then a pork based one and make your
own gravy with the water you boiled your veg in rather than using
stock cubes or granules which tend to be high in salt.
5. Switch your milk
Mix up a healthy bread sauce by using skimmed or semi-skimmed
milk rather than full fat milk. Or have a dollop of cranberry sauce
instead. And when it comes to it, serve Christmas pudding with
natural yogurt or reduced fat custard rather than brandy butter or
cream and help lower your calorie intake. Or for a lighter option
have a fresh fruit salad instead.
6. Watch your portion sizes
Don't pile food high on your plate and if you feel full pass
on the extra spoonful or second mince pie if you can. When it
comes to alcohol, try alternating drinks
with water or fruit juice and keep within sensible limits - no more
than 3-4 units a day for men and no more than 2-3 units a day for
7. Eat slowly & enjoy!
To help prevent getting the feeling of being uncomfortably full,
eat slowly and remember to chew your food well. You want
to be able to enjoy it after all that hard work!