Fill up not out this Christmas
For many the festive season can cooking a feast fit for an army,
eating as much of it as possible and then lazing around all
afternoon in the summer heat.
Diabetes Queensland dietitian Alison Bennett shares tips to help
you enjoy your festive season without feeling like you need to undo
your belt buckle.
Alison's Top Five
Enjoy the Christmas food and treats
Food is a big part of Christmas - think prawns, glazed ham and
cherries and as a consequence overeating is common. This year ask
yourself - 'are you really hungry?' This time of the year is
traditionally a time for special treats like chocolates, trifle and
fruit mince pies. These are 'extra', foods so it's important to
consider having small portions and not every day - Christmas is one
day and not the whole of December. The first few bites are always
the best anyway!
Fruit and veggies to flourish
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables over Christmas and enjoy all of
the fresh Queensland produce that is in season. Dish up fresh,
crispy salads or veggies with your main meals, and add spinach,
mushrooms or tomatoes to a cooked breakfast. Serve up fruit
platters for dessert or as a snack. You can even get creative and
make fresh fruit ice blocks for the whole family.
Swap this for that
Try swapping ingredients in your favourite Christmas recipes, such
as using low fat milk, cream or custard or even natural yoghurt in
baking and deserts. Have fruit, unsalted mixed nuts, wholegrain
crackers and veggie based dips such as hommus, tzatziki or avocado
for nibblies. Opt for wholegrain breads, rice and/or pasta and
remember to choose lean cuts of meat.
Watch your drink
Summer heat and cold drinks go hand in hand. Be mindful of the
amount of sugar you are consuming in sugary drinks and cordials and
don't overindulge on alcohol. Stick to no more than two standard
drinks per day. Try adding fresh fruit and herbs such as lime,
strawberries and mint to ice and water for a nice refreshing
Get up and move
Get moving and get the whole family involved. Why not go for a walk
with the dog or organise a backyard game of cricket or soccer?
Remember to pack your joggers if you are travelling.
Overindulging can result in weight gain so enjoy the Christmas
period without overdoing it!