Health-Conscious Christmas Dinner
Christmas isn’t known for being a healthy time, and it isn’t exactly a crime to indulge a little more freely just once a year. However; if you’re focusing on losing weight, or have certain health requirements, then perhaps it’s a sensible idea not to go overboard. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Christmassy food. There are simple things that can be done to reduce the amount of fat on your plate, like removing the skin from the turkey, but you might want to be a bit more creative in your healthy-options...
Brussels Sprout Sauté
With plenty of vitamin C and K, it’s one of the healthiest parts of a traditional Christmas dinner – yet the element most commonly despised. The Brussels sprout is a controversial vegetable. However, once sautéed, perhaps with some pancetta, coconut or rapeseed oil and a dash of lemon juice, you’re bound the convert the haters!
Orange Quinoa Stuffing
Another quintessential part of a Christmas dinner, but not the most nutritious – stuffing appears in many different forms. Whether this is the flavour – sage and onion is very common – or the appearance on the plate; in balls, scooped out of a bowl, or inside the bird! Quinoa in place of bread crumbs adds a healthy spin on stuffing, with it containing plenty of protein and calcium.
Possible as a main, or just a side, roast veggies are never a bad addition to your plate. A variant of this is a broccoli-cauliflower roast. Add parsley, orange and lemon to the roast to transform it into a citrusy festive treat.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
It may, to some, be a crime to replace traditional roasties in goose-fat. But being health-conscious, as always, doesn’t have to be boring. There are many ways to serve sweet potatoes – which are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, potassium, and fibre – but perhaps it is apt to roast them on Christmas day. Roast them with two tablespoons of olive oil and fresh thyme leaves – they’ll soon be your preferred choice!
It may seem like a cliché, partly due to the lyrics of a certain song, but the classics, quite often, are classics for a reason. Not only do roasted chestnuts taste incredible, with or without any extra flavouring, but the aroma produced will turn your home into the physical manifestation of Christmas. And you don’t need an open fire – the oven will do just fine.
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