How to enjoy a healthier Christmas by Nishat

In a series of blogs, Nishat, our new volunteer will provide you with some practical advice and tips on how to make healthier choices, including healthy cooking and recipe ideas. The blogs will promote a healthy and positive relationship with food, encouraging the community to eat well and stay balanced.

There’s no better way to kick off our very first blog other than talking about Christmas! It sure is the most wonderful time of year, a time for work parties, shopping, family dinners, and strolling through the German market. During this time we’re all busier than usual, and often, indulge more than usual, forgetting to take care of our health and nutrition. There are ways you can enjoy the festive season and still be mindful of food choices without over-indulging. In this post I will be sharing a few tips on how to stay healthy during the holidays.

  • Choose your indulgences– Think about the indulgences you look forward to the most, and stick with those, rather than making each meal an indulgence. For example, if there’s a particular dessert you look forward to, enjoy it as a guilt-free indulgence, and try to make healthier choices with your main course and vice versa.
  • Try to stick to home-made goods-Being busier than usual at this time of year for some can mean, going out to eat more often. Stick to home-made meals as often as you can, this goes for baked goods too as you can adjust and reduce the sugar content of your baked goods (P.S it’s more fun to bake!).
  • Start your day the right way- Generally, eating a healthier breakfast sets you up for the day, so you tend to make healthier choices throughout the day. (I have included one of my favourite seasonal breakfast recipes below).
  • Plan your meals- If you’re looking forward to a work or family dinner, enjoy your guilt-free meal out. My top tip is to make healthier food choices during the day for breakfast and lunch, with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Use seasonal food- Healthy eating can be delicious and enjoyable, another way to enjoy the festive season, actually use festive fruits and vegetables in your meals. To make it more enjoyable, take a trip to a farmer’s market and try the seasonal produce, some examples to include in your meals are; apples, carrots, cranberries, sweet potatoes, clementines, squash, and yes…Brussel sprouts!
  • Eat regularly and stay hydrated- Rather than saving yourself for the big meal on Christmas day, which can lead to over-eating, try to eat a small amount earlier in the day to keep your energy levels up, and don’t forget to drink plenty of water.








Festive Porridge Recipe: Ingredients

  •        1/2 cup whole rolled oats
  •        1 ½ cups water
  •        Drizzle of milk (of your choice)
  •       1 tsp flax seeds
  •       Pinch of cinnamon
  •       1 tsp honey
  •       1 sliced pear
  •       Sprinkle of dried cranberries
  •       Handful of walnuts

All recipes and portion sizes can be adjusted to your personal taste and preference.

Festive Porridge Recipe: Method

  1. To begin, mix the rolled oats and water in a pot, and bring it to a boil on the stove. Reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for around 10 minutes, adding more water if necessary.
  2. Add in a drizzle of milk and stir occasionally, while the oats are cooking, slice up a pear.
  3. Add the flaxseeds and cinnamon to the mixture, you can also add the honey at this point or drizzle it on at the end.
  4. Serve the porridge into a bowl, and add the pear, dried cranberries, and walnuts for a delicious festive topping.

Look forward to more useful blog posts by Nishat in the new year.

The Move More Eat Well team wish you a Merry, healthy and fun Christmas!



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