10 healthy eating Christmas tips to remember and have guilt free fun! Tickle your taste buds with a

Christmas can be a busy time with social activities, extra food and drink, changing meal patterns. It doesn't mean you can't have fun with food. Simply plan ahead and stay in control to avoid the guilt afterwards.

  1. Guilt adds to the stress in life. Have a healthy balance meal plate to get it right.

  2. Eat variety so you are not bored .This provides all the nutrients needed by the body

  3. Eat regular and include starchy carbohydrate food. E.G whole grain bread, pasta, rice, breakfast cereal, pitta bread, potato which will provide you with slow release energy to last throughout the day

  4. Enjoy plenty of fruit and vegetables. 5-7/day can be a good source of vitamins and minerals. These can be fresh, tinned in juice, frozen.

  5. Use the eat well plate to guide you with the portions

  6. Cut down too many foods containing fats. Fewer fried food choose instead lower fat dairy, lean cuts of meat, limit cakes, biscuits, pies, pastries crisps etc.

  7. Reduce sugary foods and drinks. Limit them to meal times.

  8. Drink Alcohol sensibly. Remember alcohol contains calories .Limit to 1-2 units if you are trying to lose weight

  9. Be active. Dancing during Christmas, decorating the house, taking walks with family during the holiday period can be fun.

  10. Lastly if you are eating out more than usual, plan ahead and ask for a copy of the menu in advance so you can make healthy choices. Don't be afraid to ask for healthy starters if your meal is delayed.

Here are some tasty recipe ideas as my Christmas gift for you:

Healthy appetizer:

Crunchy vegetable kebabs:

6 oz cauliflower

3 oz cabbage

3 oz carrots

6 oz boiled potatoes

50 g spring onions

15 g toasted sunflower seeds

1 green chili chopped

1 tsp ginger and garlic paste

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cumin powder

Pepper to taste

3 tbsp. coriander


1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp olive oil

1 egg beaten

Grate the vegetables, add to mashed potato with spring onions, green chili, ginger and garlic. Add chili powder, salt, cumin, pepper, coriander and lemon juice. Mix then add sunflower seeds

Make burger shapes, cool in fridge for an hour. Then dip in egg and cook on medium heat with little oil on non-stick pan.

Serve with crunchy lettuce and tomatoes.

Healthy main course:

Dhal, Turkey curry and pillau rice served with side salad

Dhal :

150 g/5 oz mung soaked mung dhal

15 ml/1 tbsp. olive or rapeseed oil

1 onion peeled and chopped

1 tsp garlic paste

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cumin

1-2 chopped chilies

1/2 tsp turmeric

8 oz/227 g tin chopped tomatoes

Garnish with fresh coriander

Boil the mung Dahl until tender. In a separate pan heat the oil, cook the onions and add garlic until mixture is tender.

Add cumin, coriander, chilies, turmeric, salt and tomatoes to the onion and garlic mixture. Add the cooked mung dahl and cook for further 10 minutes over low heat. Serve with fresh chopped coriander leaves. Total calories =220 k Cal serves 3-4

Turkey curry/korma:

1 tbsp/15 ml olive or rapeseed oil

2 finely chopped onions

4 cloves

4 crushed garlic cloves

1 small cinnamon stick

4 peppercorns

3 cardamoms

2 tbsp tomato puree

1/2 oz of chopped ginger

1 tbsp lemon juice

6/1200 g pieces of turkey breasts with skin removed

1 tsp of turmeric powder

1 tsp chili powder

4 tbsp low-fat natural yoghurt

Salt to taste

1 tsp mixed spice/garam masala

1 tbsp. chopped parsley

1/4 pt of hot water

Heat the oil, fry the onions, garlic, cloves, cinnamon until soft. Add tomato puree, ginger, lemon juice, turkey, turmeric and chili powder. Mix well and cook on low heat covered. Add yoghurt, hot water and salt. Cook until turkey is tender. Serve with mixed spice and coriander.

Total calorie approximate 680 calories serves 8

Pea Pillau rice:

1 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil

1 medium chopped onion

150 g basmati washed and soaked rice

Salt to taste

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tsp garam masala

2 tbsp cumin seeds

2 tomatoes finely chopped

2-4 finely chopped green chilies

200 g of frozen peas

Heat oil and cook finely chopped onion until brown add ginger garlic, cumin seeds, freshly chopped green chillies, garam masala, chopped onions cook well until soft . Add the soaked rice, peas stir mixture. Cover with water until you able to stir the mixture. Let it simmer over low heat. Use a dish cloth to wrap the lid and leave to steam dry until rice is fluffy.

Healthy salad:

1 cucumber chopped

Pinch of salt

1 tbsp vinegar

2 tomatoes

1 red onion peeled and chopped

50 g green olives

2 gherkins sliced

4 tbsp. low fat yoghurt

1 tsp curry powder

Per portion 203 calories serves 4

Healthy dessert

Carrot cake Indian style:

1 kg/ 2 lb grated carrots

1 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil

250 m ls skimmed milk

250 g skimmed milk powder

50 g sugar

1 tbsp artificial sweetener

Heat oil. Cook carrots for 5 minutes, add milk until milk is absorbed, add skimmed milk powder and sugar and cook under low heat for 5 minutes. Cool then add sweetener. Spread mixture on grease proof tray, cool then cut into 4 cm squares before serving.

For specialized Diet and Nutrition advice seek the advice of a Professional Dietitian and Nutritionist Tabby Kabeer

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