I love Christmas. Everything about it. The lead up is almost as good as Christmas Day. The buying of the gifts followed by the wrapping (oh I love the wrapping!), doing the tree with Aiden, baking lots of treats, planning the Christmas Day menu and watching Love Actually. And then there is Christmas Day! Spent with my amazing, large, slightly crazy and always hilarious family, it’s the best. There is lots of laughter, food, activity and love.
But lets talk about the food. I know Christmas time can be really stressful when you’re trying to lose weight or have a healthier lifestyle. We become immediately resigned to the idea that we are going to be unhealthy, eat ALL the chocolate and pav, and we may as well just give up now. But honestly, it doesn’t have to be that way at all, don’t be afraid of Christmas – just be in control of it.
There are two really important things to remember – if you indulge on Christmas Day and eat all the chocolate and pav – big whoop. It’s one day. It’s not going to cause you to expand overnight, honestly, it’s not. And if you’re afraid it will, balance out that pav with a walk with your family on Christmas Day. If there are foods you love and want to enjoy, go ahead and enjoy it. Whatever you do, do it consciously and don’t beat yourself up the next day.
The second thing to remember is that there are loads of treats out there that aren’t full of refined sugar and can actually be good for you (and delicious!). If you really are worried about what will be on the menu and would like to lessen the chances of said expansion, I’ve collated some of my favourite recipes for sweet treats that would be perfect for over the Christmas period. See links below!
For something different and starting the day on a healthy note, this Christmas Day for breakfast I’ll be making açai bowls for the fam. How cool is that? A cold açai base topped with home made granola and fruit, it’s super yummy! Here’s one I made last week. I know you’re drooling, so I’ll pop the recipe below.
My Christmas wish for you is that you don’t let Christmas food become a source of stress. Enjoy your family, enjoy what you eat – whatever that may be.
Açai Bowl Recipe
1 spotty banana
1 cup of ice
1 TBS açai powder
2 pitted dates softened in boiling water first
2 TBS cold water
Combine ingredients in a blender. The ice will be hard to blend so you may need to stop a few times and stir. Combine until smooth and top with your faves like banana, kiwifruit, coconut and peanut butter.
Sweet Treat Recipes!
Here are some of my last recipes that I think would be perfect for everyone over Christmas. I’ll be making one of these for my family as Christmas Day dessert. I’m tossing up between the peppermint slice and the choc caramel.
Let me know what you make!
Salted Caramel Chocolate Slice
Raw Lemon & Coconut Slice
Chocolate Peppermint Crunch
Love, Justine x