Have A healthy Christmas!
I know I sound like a stuck record, stop eating, stop partying, stop having fun………
But just know that I do it for your own good. Anyway, I am not about to suggest in anyway that you skip Christmas and have salad for lunch instead, nor am I going to suggest turning wine into water.
You see the thing is, the actual traditional Christmas dinner is not actually bad news, it’s more to do with the quantity we eat.
It’s obvious really as the main component traditionally is turkey.
Turkey is a rich source of lean protein. It is full of vitamins including iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorus.; As well as vitamin B6 and niacin, which are both essential for the body’s energy production. It also contains Tryptophan, which produces Serotonin; essential for a robust immune system. So it isn’t the bird giving you that after dinner slump!
So let’s move on to the vegetables.
Sprouts. Love them or loathe them these little green bundles pack a powerful punch. To be honest I could have wrote a whole blog on their health benefits but I didn’t think it would be that popular.
Brussels sprouts contain a plethora of anti-oxidants such as thiocyanates, indoles, lutein, zea-xanthin, sulforaphane and isothiocyanates and other words I cannot say or spell. Together, these phytochemicals offer protection from many forms of cancer. And you said you hate them!
Brussel Sprouts contain Di-indolyl-methane (DIM), which is found to be good for immune function, and is also anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Remember that next time you have a virus.
Brussel sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin C; A and E. Again this helps them in their cancer busting properties as an excellent source of anti oxidants. They also contain Vit K which is good for bone health as well as many B6 and Niacin.
Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the Parsnip. Don’t get me wrong Parsnips contain many phyto-nutritents, vitamins namely C and B, minerals and anti oxidants as well as being a good source of fibre.
However, they are one of the startchy vegetables meaning they contain (natural) sugar which can cause your insulin levels to spike. And during the festive period it is common to roast them with honey (more sugar) making them an unhealthy addition to the table. Just have a couple then!
Carrots are rich in anti-oxidants namely Beta Carotene that help to prevent cancer, vitamin-A that helps to maintain good eyesight (your mum wasn’t lying when she said they’d help you see in the dark) and also assist with fertility. In addition, they are rich in Vitamin B-complex.
And of course because they are orange it is the vegetable law that they contain Vitamin C.
So depending on how you prepare them-you can add some butter just not the whole block!
Well this is when it gets tricky, as essentially potatoes aren’t bad for you, and to be fair neither is goose fat ( I just did it again, told you fat wasn’t bad for you???) but if you look at it from a basic calories in, calories out equation due to the quantity we tend to eat, as well as everything else you may have eaten that day unfortunately they can be seen as the baddie. So your going to have to choose – more roasties or more post lunch quality street? I know which one I’m choosing and it doesn’t come in a shiny wrapper.
And then there are the extras (no not those kind!) the stuffing, gravy pigs in blankets and whatever else may be traditional in your house. Again they may be made with good quality, natural ingredients but on a feast like this the old calories in calories out (although I hate it!) does have to be considered.
So Bullet Points Again!
- Load up on loads of turkey meat
- Loads of green vegetables and carrots
- Couple of potatoes, pigs in blankets
- Little bit of gravy and stuffing
- STAY AWAY FROM THE QUALITY STREET! I REPEAT STAY AWAY FROM THE QUALITY STREET!
Ps. To those of you I won’t see before have a lovely Christmas, take some time to relax and reflect on the year so your ready to take 2015 by the horns!