YAY! My first post to celebrate CHRISTMAS! As you may know I am celebrating Christmas with all of you by doing “10 days till Christmas”. I originally wanted to do the 12 days of Christmas until I realized it starts on Christmas day till 5th January. That wouldn’t of have worked! I want to share these amazing healthy and delicious recipes with you BEFORE Christmas so you can share them with your loved ones on the day. I decided to start with the best one of all so you can plan ahead and make them yourself (It’s really easy). Throughout the next 10 days I will share everything from sweet treats, savoury sides, condiments and even some beverages. For many people trying to eat healthy they dread the festive season, or need very very good will power to turn down the more traditional meals. Here are some tips to help you…
- Don’t go to a party hungry: I tend to east faster and more when I’m hungry – in saying that, make sure you eat a wholesome breakfast and lunch on the day to avoid overeating at the party.
- Watch your portion: treat yourself a nice drink, dessert, chocolate or sweets without guilt, but always watch your portion. Go for small portions. This way you can sample all the different foods. Moderation is always the key.
- Make a conscious choice to limit high fat items: high fat food items can be found in fried food, cream-based soup, cheese-filled casseroles, pies, processed meats, some pastries and baked goods.
- Try other versions of alcohol: instead of beer, cider, Bailey’s and Kahlua, try dry wine, Bloody Marys or spirits with diet mixer which have fewer calories. Remember: Calories from alcohol tend to be stored in the abdomen. People who are overweight actually gain weight more easily when they consume alcohol.
- Drink plenty of water: alcohol and coffee can dehydrate your body.
- Physical activity: take nice brisk walks with your loved ones and enjoy their company in the holiday season.
I believe everything is fine in moderation, enjoy the festive season with loved ones and take along a plate of some of the healthier alternatives… I hope you like enjoy the posts for my “10 days till Christmas”.
Raw Christmas Pudding
Christmas pudding isn’t a big tradition in my family, but when I came across this recipe and tried it for myself I was amazed. The recipe is so simple and delicious, no baking is necessary so you’re guaranteed a scrumptious pudding in about 5 minutes of preparation. These puddings are gluten free and all the sweetness comes from dried fruits. It’s full of vitamin E and mono-unsaturated oils, great as an anti-inflammatory.
What you will need…
- 225g fresh pitted dates – approx 10 – 15 dates depending on their size
- 250g organic dried apricots, chopped
- 150 g (1 ½ cups) almond meal / ground almonds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- zest from 1 orange + juice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- 80 g white chocolate (Optional, decoration)
What to do…
- In a food processor add dates, orange zest, apricots, vanilla, ground almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Process until mixture is combined and looks like fine crumbs.
- Place mixture into a large bowl and add 1 – 2 tablespoons orange juice then mix again. Your pudding mix should come together in the hands when lightly squeezed.
- Divide into 6 small portions: line your mould with glad wrap and press the mixture into it.
- Turn the mould upside down and remove the mixture peeling off the gladwrap. Repeat for all puddings.
- Melt white chocolate in a double boiler, thermomix or microwave, whichever one you prefer.
- Spoon a little white chocolate over the tops of the puddings if using and garnish. You can decorate with goji berries, cherries, and mint, anything you like.
They store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Nutrition per serve
Makes 6 puddings
Protein: 7.6 g | Carbs: 36 g | Total Fat: 16 g | Saturated: 2 g | Fibre: 7.8 g | Calories: 318