Wednesday 13 December 2023

You will get slim for Christmas with these recipes


The holiday season often derails healthy habits with indulgent foods and irregular schedules. However, with a little planning, you can enjoy festive favorites while still losing weight. This article provides delicious diet-friendly recipes and comprehensive guidelines to help you slim down for Christmas.

Adjust Breakfast Habits

Rather than having sugar-laden panettone or cereals in the mornings, kickstart your days with metabolism-boosting breakfasts. Steel cut oats made with almond milk and topped with fresh berries provides filling fiber to keep you satisfied. 

Veggie omeletts made with spinach, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and feta offer a big protein punch to curb appetite. And avocado toast on wholesome whole grain bread makes for a nutrient-packed start to the day. 


Aim for at least 15-20 grams of protein, 5-10 grams of fiber and some healthy fats like avocado or nuts to stabilise blood sugar and prevent cravings. Easy make-ahead options like overnight oats, veggie egg cups or chia pudding ensure you don't skip breakfast, which is linked to overeating and weight gain over the holidays. 

Incorporate Nutritious Ingredients 

Add superfoods like Brussels sprouts, kale, wild salmon, beans, lentils and grapefruit into your holiday cooking. Their fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals all support weight loss efforts. For example, stuff avocados with canned wild salmon mixed with nonfat Greek yogurt for a creamy, dome-shaped appetiser that packs omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium. 


Or blend up kale, frozen mango and OJ for a refreshing nutrient blast in smoothies. Roast Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper for a fiber-rich side dish. And simmer French green lentils with chicken stock, garlic and thyme for a warm, protein-packed salad topping.

Sample Slimming Recipe: Baked Wild Salmon with Grapefruit Relish

- 1 lb wild salmon fillet, skin removed

- 2 pink grapefruits, segmented  

- 1 shallot, finely minced  

- Small bunch fresh parsley, chopped  

- 2 tbsp olive oil

- 2 cloves garlic, minced

- 1⁄2 tsp dried thyme

- 1⁄2 tsp dried oregano   

- 1 tsp honey

- Salt & pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  

2. In small bowl, mix together grapefruit, shallot, parsley, thyme, oregano, honey and olive oil. Season with salt & pepper. Set aside.

3. Place salmon on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with garlic. Season generously with salt and pepper. 

4. Bake 10-12 minutes until just opaque throughout.  Top salmon with grapefruit relish.

Mind Portions.

With abundant holiday spreads, it's easy to overindulge. Be mindful of portion sizes to avoid gaining weight. Use smaller plates to prevent piling on too much rich food. Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables like kale, Brussels sprouts and squash, then complete with a reasonable protein serving and modest whole grain helping like wild rice or quinoa.   

This balanced plate approach ensures you get appetite-taming fiber, satiating protein, energizing carbs and health-promoting antioxidants in each meal while controlling calories. Monitor your intake with a food tracking app to stay accountable but still indulge in special treats here and there. The combination of balanced nutrition plus moderation is key for continuing weight loss momentum during the celebrations.


Keep Moving. 

Don't use holiday busyness as an excuse to skip workouts. Get creative with 10-15 minute home strength training circuits using furniture for lunges and squats. Strap on a pair of light ankle weights for standing core rotations to fire up metabolism. Squeeze in short YouTube yoga flows for gentle stretching when you have a spare few minutes. And bundle up for brisk evening walks to soak in holiday lights displays after indulgent dinners. 

Any movement counts towards your daily exercise goals. Shooting for 150 minutes of moderate activity per week plus 2 strength sessions will prevent packing on pounds over the holidays. Staying active also helps manage stress during this hectic time. 

Support Yourself.

The sheer abundance of social gatherings and tempting treats makes maintaining willpower difficult. Combat this by planning holiday hikes or activities focused on quality time rather than just eating and drinking. Stay hydrated with sparkling water to prevent mistaking thirst for hunger. Get plenty of sleep since exhaustion undermines decision making abilities. 

Most importantly, practice self-compassion. Expect some indulgences but then get right back on track with the next nourishing meal. Perfection is not realistic, but small thoughtful choices each day will compound towards your health goals over the season.

Additional Tips.

- Make one new healthy recipe weekly, like beet and pomegranate salad or curried carrot ginger soup

- stock up on convenient produce like pre-cut veggies, frozen berries and bags of mixed greens so healthy meals come together quickly during crunch times  

- volunteer to bring a lighter dish like roasted squash or wild rice pilaf to share at gatherings

- scope out healthy menu options beforehand when dining out and don't be shy asking for modifications  

- counteract extra treats with more activity the next day 

- drink a big glass of water before reaching for second helpings to differentiate true hunger

- go for a 10 minute walk after big meals to aid digestion

Follow these comprehensive guidelines for enjoying bountiful, seasonal cooking without expanding waistlines! Let me know if you have any other questions on achieving healthy, sustainable weight loss through the holidays and into the New Year.


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