Healthy food swaps for christmas

Everyone knows that Christmas is a time for family, good times and overindulgence! It’s probably one of the hardest times of the year to eat within portion control and moderate our intake of sweets or foods that we may not consume on a regular basis.

But hey it’s Christmas and I don’t want to miss out and life is all about balance and enjoying the fruits of your labour.

We have put together some helpful tips to help you this Christmas in managing some food choices, whilst still enjoying the holiday season.

Swap ham for turkey

Bypass the big pink leg and grab a slice or two of lean turkey breast.

Turkey is a very lean source of meat and is quite high in B group vitamins, which help with energy production. The problem with ham is mostly the curing process – it’s soaked in brine, which is salty water, so it’s the salt content that’s an issue.

Swap Cocktails for a Vodka Lime soda

Instead of telling you to ditch the drinks, there are some easy alcoholic swaps that can have you a huge amount of calories. The Christmas Cocktails can put you on a fast track to an afternoon siesta with over 300 calories. Vodka lime sodas are refreshing, easy to make and have around 64 calories. Therefore a vodka and soda is definitely your go-to drink this Christmas! Make sure to have a glass of water between each alcoholic beverage!

Swap lollies for dark chocolate

If your family Christmas table is decorated with bowls of lollies, there’s a good chance you’ll mindlessly snack on them all day and fall into a post-sugar slump by the end of the day.

Try to think about quality over quantity.

You might buy some nice dark chocolate and have small amounts of it. Really concentrate on eating it, enjoying the taste and eating slowly so you don’t just eat a large amount. Because it’s not as sweet you won’t be enticed to mindlessly eat all afternoon.

Swap chips for whole nuts

Bowls of nuts you need to crack can be a good way of offering crunch without eating by the handful.

Things like cashews, almonds, macadamias are all good options to enjoy with a wine!

Swap soft drink for fruity mineral water

Get some flavour and fizz without the calories by putting frozen fruit pieces in sparkling mineral water or soda water.

Freeze ice cube trays with fruit and drop it into your water, fruit like lime, lemon or kiwi fruit all work well.

Swap heavy dressings for something a little lighter

Potato salad or coleslaw is a classic Aussie accompaniment to the main meal, however, are often drenched in mayo.

To cut the calories, and added sugar and saturated fat, without sacrificing flavour, make your own creamy dressing made with Greek yoghurt, olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon and some Dijon mustard.

It not only gives the dish a protein boost but it also provides some gut-loving probiotics.