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Food for thought this Chrismas

THINK TWICE: A traditional Christmas ham might be perfect for Christmas Day, but think about lighter options as well.
THINK TWICE: A traditional Christmas ham might be perfect for Christmas Day, but think about lighter options as well. bhofack2

SURVIVING Christmas can sometimes be a bit tricky, particularly when you don't have control of the catering!

There is nearly always lighter options available to us - but unfortunately when we are standing in front of the smorgasbord that is Christmas we all too often lose sight of what those options might be.

So this year, if you are looking for a lighter Christmas day, consider some of these food options:

1. If you have a tradition roast meat for Christmas dinner, consider choosing white meats like chicken and pork over red meats like beef or lamb.

2. If you are having a BBQ, opt in for grilled fillets of fish or chicken over processed BBQ meats like bacon, sausages and meat patties.

3. For a lighter alternative to the traditional Christmas roast, consider fresh seafood like shellfish, prawns and bugs.

4. Opt in for fresh light salads made on leafy greens over carbohydrate loaded starchy vegetable salads like potato salad or creamed corn.

5. If you really just couldn't stand to avoid desserts altogether, then maybe consider skipping on the Pavlova, ice-cream and trifle, and choosing a sorbet or fruit salad.

6. Avoid the cheese and the chocolates if you are really serious about having a "lite" Christmas Day.

It wouldn't be Christmas Day without a few drinks of something! So when it comes to Christmas drinks choose a mocktail over a cocktail (no-one will even know!), or a ginger beer or kombucha over a real beer.

If you really can't live without your alcoholic drinks then choose a low alcohol or low carb drink. Wine usually has lower calories than beer and spirits. There are a growing number of new low carb, low calorie, lower alcohol options on the market which could provide you with a lighter option.

Whatever your choices are this Christmas, I wish you and your families a light, safe and healthy Christmas and festive season. Thanks again everyone for you support in 2016! See you in 2017!

Topics:  healthy living michelle peden

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