As we prepare for the biggest week of eating most of us do all year, I thought I’d post a few healthy Christmas snack suggestions so that we can at least pretend that we’re not forgetting the well-balanced meals and snacks we’ve tried hard to stick with throughout the rest of the year!
To avoid you having to spend even more money on food, I thought about what people are likely to already have in the house as part of the ‘big shop’ for Christmas.
Carrot sticks – chop a few extra carrots into batons when you’re preparing veg for a meal. Keep them in a food bag in the fridge and munch plain or with some dip. Use low fat hummus or avoid cream-based dips by using low fat yoghurt and stirring in some chopped chives.
Vegetable crisps – thinly slice parsnips, beetroot, carrot and potatoes (you can even add some torn up kale) and spread across a baking sheet with a little bit of olive oil, a dusting of paprika and a (very) light sprinkle of salt. Bake at 180 degrees C for 10-15 minutes (or until crispy).
Satsumas – the old festive favourite! And packed full of vitamin C to help stave off winter illness. I arrived at my parents’ today to find a crate of them in the fridge…
Nuts – try to make sure you buy plain nuts rather than honey-roasted, salted or even sugared and don’t eat handfuls at a time. Stick to a portion measuring 15-20g.
It’s so easy to snack heavily between meals at Christmas time but try and reach for something healthy rather than chocolate, biscuits, crisps and whatever else is packed full of salt or sugar. What are your healthy festive snacks? What do you try to avoid?