Christmas is a hectic time. You have too many things to worry about.
Family obligations, gatherings, parties, stressful routines and tempting and delicious foods. Most of the times, you almost forget about the weight gain. Ouch.
But the good news is that unlike some of the other things that you are not in control of, you can easily control how much weight you gain over the holiday season. All you need is a little bit of planning and commitment.
Here is a list of top 10 feel good foods for Christmas. These foods are not only delicious but they are also really healthy and keep your weight in check.
No holiday season is complete without a turkey, right?
Thankfully, it is full of protein and relatively low in fat. If you are trying to avoid fats, feast on the light meat – a 100g of which only contains 2g of fat.
Furthermore, it is recommended that you don’t eat the skin. A serving of turkey breast – without the skin – contains just 160 calories. All in all, it’s an exceptional holiday food item.
Carrots contain beta-carotene, which eventually leads to healthy skin and better eyesight. More importantly, like most other vegetables, carrots are fairly low on calories, but are rich with various other nutrients – including potassium.
Recent scientific studies reveal that cooked carrots are helpful in regulating the fluids in your body and even fighting against cancer.
3. Roasted Potatoes
Potassium. Magnesium. Vitamin B6. Folate. A good source of fibre. Roasted potatoes can have so many health benefits.
If you cook it in vegetable oil – which is highly recommended that you do – potatoes are really low in saturated fat. Although roasted potatoes are a little high on the calories, the various health benefits they offer kind of cover that up.
4. Christmas Pudding with Nuts and Fruits
If you buy Christmas puddings from a store, you are likely to get the ones that are high in calories and saturated fats.
However, you can turn that around by making Christmas pudding with lots of fruits and nuts. Instead of being a dangerous source of high calories and saturated fats, it will become a good source of iron and fibre. And because of the high quantity of nuts and fruits, the pudding is more likely to have a lower level of saturated fat content.
In short, it will be healthy and delicious!
5. Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are so healthy that it is difficult to sum up all the benefits here.
First of all, brussels sprouts are a high source of vitamin C, vitamin B6 and folate. It improves the formation process of red-blood cells and also leads to a healthier nervous system.
Most importantly, because brussels sprouts contain “lutein”, it unclogs blood vessels and prevents heart attacks and strokes.
And did I mention brussels sprouts are a great source of fibre?
6. Dark Chocolate
It doesn’t matter how much you resist the urge; it’s Christmas time and desserts are tempting.
But instead of being tempted by candies and gourmet chocolates, satisfy your desire by eating dark chocolate. It’s delicious, as we all know it. But it also has many heart-related benefits. Moreover, dark chocolate always has lower fat contents and fewer calories.
7. Smoked Salmon
If you want to eat meat during the holiday season, smoked salmon is probably your best option.
As we all know, smoked salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, it is good for your heart and also have several other benefits. It is also fairly low on calories – a 100g portion only contains 140 calories.
8. Red Cabbage
Like carrots, red cabbages are a great source of carotenes. Moreover, a red cabbage is also very rich in calcium and folate. It turns out to be a great food for holiday season, as you can use it with many different dishes.
Tomatoes are loaded with Vitamin C and powerful antioxidants that have several health benefits.
As a matter of fact, tomatoes are also considered really helpful in fighting against prostate cancers in men – because they are rich in lycopene.
For our purposes, tomatoes are a proven combatant against weight loss. Moreover, it can also help you regulate the metabolic rate. You can use it with various food items – it’s an added advantage.
Parsnips are really healthy.
Parsnips contain twice the amount of fibre that you would find in carrots. The only downside is that they also have twice the amount of calories.
Just avoid roasting them, and they will be relatively low in terms of calories.Back to Blog