Let’s face it, we’re probably all going to overindulge this Christmas. With parties, treats & feasts galore it’s a time of year where healthy eating seems to go out the window! Don’t worry though, we’ve rounded up our favourite twists so you can indulge without feeling too guilty!
Refined sugar free cranberry sauce
Limit the amount of refined sugars you’re eating this Christmas by replacing shop bought sauces with our cranberry sauce recipe, made very simply with cranberries and honey. For two people just mix 100g fresh cranberries with 2 tsp honey & 150ml boiling water in a saucepan and simmer for 5 mins.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without mulled wine! With most recipes being full of sugar though it can be easy to drink a lot more empty calories than you need to. We love this recipe from Hemsley & Hemsley though for a delicious, healthy take on mulled wine. It’s packed full of delicious spices with medicinal properties & will make your house smell amazing!
Why not add an extra dose of veg and goodness to your Christmas dinner? Our vegan mushroom, sage & chestnut roast is packed full of healthy fats and nutritious veg and will make a delicious addition to your Christmas table.
We all love roast potatoes & roasted veggies at Christmas and everyone’s got their secret techniques for cooking them, from butter to olive oil & goose fat. The easiest swap you can make is to cook them this year in coconut oil. Not only does coconut oil have a higher smoking point than most other oils but it’s also rich in medium-chain triglycerides, which are made up of healthy fatty acids. Coconut oil has been shown to raise your metabolism levels & aid weight loss, the perfect ingredient to add to your Christmas meal! Need some inspiration? Check out Lucy Bee’s article for the perfect roast potatoes here.
Christmas spiced almonds
Around Christmas time there seem to be unhealthy snacks everywhere you go. From advent calendars to cakes and biscuits it can be pretty difficult to escape the sugar hits, so we like to look for refined sugar free alternatives. These Christmas spiced nuts from Deliciously Ella are a great alternative to snacks you’d buy in the shops - plus they taste delicious and will make your kitchen smell so festive while you’re making them!