But if you’re prefer to take a healthier approach this year, consider these top tips for a healthy Christmas:
1 Fill up at breakfastStart your festive days with a healthy, filling breakfast. Pick protein like eggs and mushrooms, to avoid snacking before the big Christmas Day lunch or festive functions.
2 Water down
Drinks contain empty calories, and it’s easy to knock them back in the Christmas spirit. So, stick to water whenever possible – up to 8 glasses a day. Spice it up with sparkling water and lemon or orange slices, and set a limit on the vino.
3 Make smart swaps
Christmas Day is a healthy eater’s biggest challenge; many of us consume an extra 6000 calories just on that day alone!
But you can still enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner without the guilt or heavy feeling, by making a few smart swaps.
For instance, choose low-fat nuts like chestnuts, and only eat unsalted nuts. Pretzels and popcorn are other smart snacks.
Avoid filling up on sugary snacks, and skip the buttered rolls at lunch. If you’re making a pie, use healthier filo pastry, and serve fruit and vegetable sticks to keep the hungry ones going between meals.