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5 tips for a healthy Christmas dinner

5 tips for a healthy Christmas dinner

Christmas is not a time to worry about the calorie content, but if you want to make sure you don’t undo all the good work you’ve put in this year then we’ve got 5 simple ideas that will ensure you save on calories without missing out.

1.      Make your stuffing with chestnuts, not sausage meat.

Chestnuts are very good for you, being low in fat and high in potassium. If you like to indulge over the festive season, your kidneys will thank you for the potassium boost. Swap sausage meat stuffing for chestnut stuffing and you’ll also be saving yourself about 100 calories.

2.      Go large on the veg.

A large helping of carrots, sprouts, broccoli, red cabbage or whatever vegetables are on the table will take up more space on your plate. So you will have less room to pile on those pigs in blankets, stuffing balls and roasties.

3.      Go easy on the gravy

Gravy  - especially gravy made by people who fancy themselves as occasional chefs (yes we’ve all got one in the family) – is surprisingly fatty. So just have a little splash rather than bathing your plate in the stuff. Or, if you’re in charge of making the gravy, skim the fat off the top of the juices before you pour them into the gravy jug.

4.      Leave the best until last.

Begin your meal munching your way through all the veggies on your plate, then move on to the turkey. By the time you get round to eating the stuffing and roast potatoes, you’ll eat less as you’ll already be feeling full.

5.      Don’t eat the turkey skin.

Turkey is a great source of protein and B vitamins. If you don’t eat the skin, it is also very low in fat.

If you follow the above pointers, you will save yourself from ingesting a lot of extra fat and about 500 calories. Which means you will have plenty of room for some guilt-free Christmas pudding – just avoid the brandy butter and instead opt for low fat yoghurt (maybe with the brandy on the side).

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.