Christmas traditions are too good to change, but maybe the order can? That way you can indulge without paying the price later!
Here’s my plan:
- Breakfast: Christmas pudding. Yes, you read correctly: pud for breakfast! Try these Mini Christmas Puddings, which have the same great flavor, but much healthier ingredients.
Now, get outside and walk the dogs, take the kids to the park, play on the swings, have a game of catch, walk on the beach (rug up if it’s winter!). Be active and burn off some of that natural sugar!
- Lunch: don’t be tempted to skip lunch; it puts your body in starvation mode and you will be tempted to either eat while cooking or overeat during dinner. I like a ‘chatty’ lunch, with some cheese and sauerkraut, pate and grain free crackers, home made broth soup and some sweet potato fries with a garlic aioli. Starches at lunch are a better idea than later at night too. Adding healthy fats helps regulate the glucose effect of these starches, and contributes to the satiation of the dish.
These are great dishes for chatting over while you’re cooking and perhaps the family and friends are around. Maybe even take them outside to the park; perhaps you’ve already walked the dogs but they won’t say no! Just get prepping digestive wise for the main even coming.
- Dinner: Fill your plate with protein and leafy greens: turkey and chicken are both excellent sources of complete protein and great sources of vitamins and minerals. Green beans, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, chard, they are rich in phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, plus fiber necessary for healthy digestion and satiety. Add a colorful salad, for nutrition and crunch! Dress it with leftover lunch garlic aioli. Don’t deprive yourself of your traditional Christmas dishes, including starchy carbohydrates like stuffing. Just make them healthier with a grain free alternative. Be sure to eat moderate quantities and fully chew each bite to enjoy their savory flavor. I’m all for the sit down dinner, and the digestive benefits of all these lovely foods and traditions alongside good old-fashioned chat.
With all your meals today, avoid carbonated beverages and your digestive system will thank you for it. Instead, sip some herbal or green tea, a glass of organic red wine, warm water with ginger and lemon.
It’s also nice to finish off the dinner with a little treat. And truffles seem very Christmassy. But like all the recipes above, there are healthier alternatives and they can do you digestive and satiation benefits in the process. Try:
- Ginger balls
- Beet truffles
- Rum jaffa truffles
- Cranberry pistachio balls (almost like nougat or a white Christmas)
- recipes coming in ‘Treats are treats’ article next week
There are loads of delicious nutritious and digestive benefits of a reversed Christmas dinner. And like so much of nutrition, nothing is either good or bad, it’s just in or out of balance. And especially at Christmas, that includes our macro- and micro-nutrient portioning and digestion.