It’s three weeks until Christmas which means parties, socialising, and lots of delicious food! It’s hard not to feel guilty as we eat all around us in the lead up to Christmas day but thankfully it turns out our Christmas dinner isn’t all that bad after all! Take a look at what’s really in your dinner…
  • Smoked salmon. This tasty treat is a low-calorie option offering a good source of protein and heart health-promoting omega-3 fats. Ideal as a starter.
  • Roast turkey. Rich in protein and low in fat, especially if you discard the skin. Save leftovers for meals the next day and turn into a colourful salad or healthy curry.
  • Potatoes. A delicious source of vitamin C and energy providing carbohydrates. If roasting, use olive oil or flaxseed oil rather than lard to cut saturated fat. Keep the skins on for added fibre. Also, if you cut them larger, they’ll absorb less fat.
  • Brussels sprouts. An average serving (9 sprouts) provides half of your daily needs for folic acid and all the vitamin C you need – a great boost for the immune system.
  • Carrots. Rich in beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. This and the other carotenoids act as potentially disease-beating antioxidants and are also important for eye health. Serve them steamed or boiled, or as crudités before the main course.
  • Peas. Popular with kids and a good source of iron, zinc, vitamin E, fibre, folic acid and most other B vitamins. Steam them in the minimum amount of water using a tight-fitting lid.
  • Christmas pudding. The dried fruit provides plenty of potassium, and it’s a reasonable provider of iron and fibre. If you’re making your own, rely on the sweetness in the dried fruit rather than adding artificial sugar for a healthier take on a classic.
  • Custard. A comforting and low-fat alternative to brandy butter, and a good source of calcium, which is vital for good bone health and muscle contractions. Choose skimmed or semi-skimmed milk.
  • Satsumas. Each of these handy stocking fillers provides half your daily needs for vitamin C. Try as a healthy snack in between meals when you feel peckish.
  • Walnuts. The powerhouse of nuts. These delights are packed full of healthy fats and nutrients that promote better heart health and reducing inflammation.


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