Have yourself a healthy little Christmas!

Have yourself a healthy little Christmas!

(Posted on 21/12/16)

Having a healthy Christmas doesn’t have to mean having a boring Christmas!

The festive season can be a testing time when it comes to health and nutrition. With so much temptation around, you’re only human if you give in to the endless advertisements and Christmas specialities making their way onto the supermarket shelves. 

Christmas is the festive season after all. It shouldn’t be associated with restrictive diets and watching your waistline. However, even in this period of extreme overindulgence, there are some small saving graces that offer health benefits to the body.

Let’s look at some examples: 

  • Brussel Sprouts - like the infamous Marmite you either love them or you hate them, but these little green vegetables can provide a source of folic acid, potassium, fibre and vitamin C. Cook them in water for only a few minutes, anything longer and they can start to lose their nutritious goodness.
  • Turkey - this festive favourite is a great source of protein, vitamin B6 and B12, potassium and zinc. 100g of roast turkey provides over 60 per cent of the recommended daily intake of niacin (vitamin B3) that helps provide energy to the body. A quick tip: remove the skin to reduce the saturated fat by half.
  • Chestnuts - when cooked and peeled this snack is a good source of fibre; a nutrient that is often over looked at Christmas time and is usually replaced with high-fat, high-sugar alternatives.

If you’re starting to like the sound of a healthier Christmas, you don’t need to look far online to find some great tips. For example, the NHS demonstrates how to cut out 500kcal from your traditional Christmas dinner without sacrificing the taste. There is also an abundance of healthy, low-fat, heart friendly, low-carb, Christmas recipes from the likes of BBC Good Food, Eating Well, Jamie Oliver, Food Network and Good House Keeping, which all provide tempting ways to take the guilt out of festive feasting.

However, we all know that Christmas is a time of heavy overindulgence and celebrating; something that doesn’t always bode well with the body, both inside and out. If you’re not prepared to rely solely on the nutrients in the usual Christmas staples, don’t worry help is at hand.

  • Cornelius principal partner, Asiros, offers MitoActive®, a unique, natural liquid shot. The energy-rich drink, also available in powder form, is made from ultra-concentrated Danish ‘superberries’ and contains newly identified polyphenol, Ribetril™ A to provide that much needed boost when energy levels start getting low. From the same ingredient family, MitoBeauty, is focused on skin health through edible means. Providing anti-wrinkle skin benefits achieved through the inclusion of the vitamin biotin
  • We all inevitably eat too much over the Christmas period. Ganeden probiotic, GanedenBC30, can aid digestion and general wellbeing when recovering from overindulgence this holiday.
  • It can be easy to miss out on the full nutrient spectrum during the Christmas festivities. For those baking festive goodies this year, de-fatted wheat germ by BetterGerm can be added to effortlessly include extra sources of protein, fibre and magnesium into treats.

Rather than starting the New Year feeling sluggish and unhealthy, start the year on a high, without having missed out on any of the festive favourites!