Christmas is a time of traditional family feasts. Do not forget about the principles of healthy eating, because even Christmas meals can be healthy. What is a healthy Christmas food?
- Turkey: Is a source of tryptophan (an essential amino acid) and is rich in protein.
- Parsnips: This humble veg is packed with fibre, folate and manganese.
- Cranberries: Although cranberry sauce often contains a lot of sugar, cranberries themselves are relatively low in sugar and are a source of unique polyphenols called A-type proanthocyanidin.
- Smoked salmon A rich source of omega-3, an important mood-boosting nutrient that can also help improve our body’s ability to manage stress.
- Chestnuts. They are lower in calories and fat than other nuts, rich in fibre for digestive support, and a good source of vitamin C, manganese and vitamin B6.
- Cinnamon. This fragrant spice epitomises Christmas, and also has some powerful therapeutic properties in supporting blood sugar control, and helping to conquer sugar cravings.
- Clementines. These delicious and festive vitamin-C packed fruits are the ultimate portable handbag snack for helping to ensure you don’t get rundown over Christmas. In fact 100g (that’s one large fruit) contains over 60% of your recommended intake of immune-boosting vitamin C.