Top Tips to help reduce the Christmas Calories

Being on the DadDiet, I’ve been receiving a number of recipes and amazing treat meals for Christmas in my inbox. This email however stood out about the rest!

VavistaLife’s offered a few ways of enjoying the leftover turkey, stuffing and a enjoying those veggies without piling on the calories and of course without throwing away food.

So here are some quick tips to improve the health of your Christmas left-over meals:

 

Turkey curry:

A delicious way to use up extra meat and veg from Christmas,  but keep it healthy by avoiding adding unnecessary ingredients like cream and serve it on a bed of lovely nutty brown rice.  Avoid dishing it up with side orders such as naan bread or poppadums which pile on the calories.

 

Sandwiches:

The opportunities are endless; stuffing, turkey, salad, even veg can be folded between two slices of fresh bread to really make a delicious, fulfilling meal.   But avoid slapping on the mayonnaise and choose a lovely wholemeal loaf over a white one – really you’ll taste the difference!   Finally – avoid treating a sandwich as a snack between meals; add some salad on the side and make it a proper meal!

 

Bubble & Squeak:

A true favourite and a great way to finish up all the savoury left-overs.   Think about the oil you use to cook it though.  Choose a good olive oil – and remember you probably need very little of it as most of the potatoes, meat and veg will probably have been roasted originally in some oils so you shouldn’t need to add much more.

 

And Puddings?

Is there any way to improve the health value of those lovely, rich dessert left-overs?  Well yes!  Why not make up a big fresh fruit salad and then have a portion of left-over pudding with it?    It’s a double whammy – you’re cutting down on your portion of the sugary left-overs and topping up on your fresh fruit and vitamins intake which has probably been somewhat neglected over the Christmas build-up!