Christmas is a time we often over indulge, but it is possible to get through the festive period without impacting your health or waistline. Try our five tips to help you maintain a healthy balance this year:
- Don’t leave home hungry – it might sound counterproductive but eating a light meal or snack before you arrive at events can prevent you over-eating later. Nibbling on finger food makes it hard to keep track of exactly how much you’ve eaten.
- Keep your body moving – team sports might have a Christmas break and gym hours may change but working out at home or including some incidental exercise can help you stay in your normal routine. Kids love it when adults get involved in their games or try these ideas with visitors to show them your local area.
- Go easy on the drinks – some alcoholic drinks can hide a large number of calories. If you choose to drink, be careful of top-ups that make it hard to track consumption and try options with low-calorie mixers like soda water instead. Don’t forget to stay hydrated with plenty of water.
- Share the love – Christmas is a time for giving. Invite an acquaintance or neighbour who doesn’t have family around to share your festivities. It’s also a time that charities are looking for extra support and if you can’t spare your time, they’ll also be looking for donations of food and gifts and this can be something positive to do as a family.
- Be the healthy chef – if you’ve been asked to bring a plate to an event, not forgetting any dietary requirements, think about what you’d like to eat that fits your health goals. For example, this refreshing watermelon salad recipe is low calorie and quick to prepare!
Most importantly, enjoy yourself! Christmas is a time to share with those we care about. Try not to stress about the little things and keep your eye on the bigger picture.
Watermelon salad with Feta and Mint
Time: 15 minutes
- 1 small red onion thinly sliced
- 4 limes juiced (optional)
- 2kg seedless watermelon cubed
- 1 cup crumbled feta
- 2/3 cup fresh mint
- Freshly ground salt and pepper
If you wish to tone down the sharpness of the onion, soak in lime juice for 10 minutes. Then simply combine all ingredients and toss gently so as to not squish the watermelon or feta. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
Tip: Use a small Christmas cookie cutter to add as festive twist.
Recipe inspiration: Not Enough Cinnamon