We know that the Christmas period is often a time when you want to indulge and generally just enjoy yourself, which is absolutely fine and we’ll be doing the same!
But we wanted to share with you some tips on good foods to eat over the Christmas and New Year period that will help you to stay a little healthier.
It’s a difficult time of year to be good with food when you’re surrounded by chocolate and cakes and generally unhealthy foods, but you can still keep your health up at this time of year by ensuring that you also get your healthy foods in to ward off winter colds.
The first thing to do is to be realistic in your planning for better health over Christmas. If you say you won’t eat any chocolate, you’ll only want it more and will probably end up gorging on it, so instead, just limit yourself to how much of the bad foods you can have over the festive period. And enjoy those times when you allow yourself to indulge!
Offset Bad With Good
If you’re going to indulge in a lot of fatty meats and high calorie alcohol over Christmas, make sure that you offset this by eating lots of yummy vegetables. It’s important to remember the health benefits of a vegetable diet, and just how good for you vegetables are. They are important for helping you stay younger for longer.
Great Vegetables For Christmas Dinner (and how to cook them)
You should consider eating lots of tasty and healthy veg with your Christmas dinner in order to stay as healthy as you can and to banish colds and flu. Green leafy vegetables are the best choice, as they are brimming with vitamins, minerals, fibre as well as plant-based substances to help keep your cardiovascular system in good order.
Green leafy vegetables such as kale, savoy cabbage and spinach are also high in anti-oxidants and so getting a good amount of these can help to offset the effects of alcohol and clear out free radicals.
The best way to cook green leafy vegetables is to steam them, because this way they retain more of their nutritional value. Boiling vegetables strips them of their nutritional value, but you can always use vegetable water to make your gravy to prevent missing out on the goodness if you prefer boiled vegetables!
Another great vegetable to eat with your Christmas dinner is carrots. Carrots are often described as a power food because they are so nutritious. They contain lots of beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in your liver, and this is good for your eyes hence why it’s always said that carrots help you to see better in the dark! Beta-carotene is also an antioxidant which can help combat the effects of drinking alcohol over Christmas by flushing toxins from the body.
Carrots are traditionally boiled but as with all vegetables, if boiled they can lose a lot of their nutritional value (unless you use the water in the gravy). Your best bet is to dash the prepared carrots in a pan of boiling water to begin the softening process, then roast them in the oven.
A traditional Christmas dinner vegetable, and there are loads of health benefits to these little green health bombs. They are absolutely packed out with antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C and E. They also contain the mineral manganese which is a strong antioxidant that neutralises free radicals in the body to prevent them from causing damage.
Brussels sprouts also contain flavonoids, antioxidants such as isorhamnetin, quercitin and kaempferol which also work hard to prevent damage to the body from free radicals. Steam these wonderful little vegetables for the best nutritional value when eating.
On the subject of antioxidants, berries contain masses of them and can help to protect your body from the harmful effects of free radicals by neutralising their action in the body. A great way to get your berries is by eating them for breakfast or even adding them to your desserts for a scrummy end to your Christmas dinner.
The best berries which are high in antioxidants and have high nutritional value include blueberries, gooseberries, cranberries (which you can of course have with your turkey!), strawberries and raspberries.On the subject of antioxidants, berries contain masses of them and can help to protect your body from the harmful effects of free radicals by neutralising their action in the body. A great way to get your berries is by eating them for breakfast or even adding them to your desserts for a scrummy end to your Christmas dinner.
Remember, if you’re interested in learning more about healthy eating and change for good, Amchara run regular detox retreats to allow you to learn about detoxification of the body, raw foods benefits, nutrition as well as diabetes management and other useful life tools such as yoga and stress management.