'Tis the season to be jolly, eat and make merry. However, it is the eating part we seem to do so well during the festive celebrations. To give you an idea of how much we like to be celebrate, over the Christmas period we consume 9875 tonnes of sprouts, 25 million Christmas puddings and 35 million bottles of wine.*
Christmas dinner itself can be very nutritious because it usually contains loads of veg. The humble sprout, carrot and cabbage all contribute to a healthy diet and are packed with nutrition however the amounts of sugar and fat consumed alongside the actual dinner itself and during the whole holiday can leave us feeling over indulged at best and downright poorly at worst.
We thought we would put together this handy little guide on how to be super at Christmas and incorporate superfoods into your diet easily, no fuss or being too holy just simple ways to boost your nutrient intake and feel a little healthier at the end of all the fun.
- Cacao yule log – Try a superfood twist on this Christmas classic by using cacao powder and a sprinkle of cacao nibs to make a yule chocolate log. Cacao powder is high in copper, magnesium, potassium, zinc, protein and fibre and can give a feel good boost of Christmas cheer to your baking.
- Chia-full Christmas pudding – Chia seeds are so easy to use in baking and can easily be added to a Christmas pudding mixture. Chia is high in omega-3 and polyunsaturates which maintain normal cholesterol levels. The tiny little seeds are also high in calcium, iron, magnesium, fibre, phosphorus and a source of potassium and protein; not a bad way to feel good about the pud.
- Christmas cake with sun-dried Goji berries - Goji berries are the perfect addition to baking and a have a sweet flavour. They are high in Vitamin C, Iron, potassium, fibre and copper and a source of Vitamin B6 and protein.
- Hemp Gravy - Hemp Protein powder is one of the best sources of plant protein on the planet, rich in magnesium and iron which helps combat tiredness, a source of omega-3 which helps maintain blood cholesterol and high in calcium. Why not stir or whisk some hemp powder into your gravy and get an extra hit of festive nutrition?
- Barleygrass stuffing – Barleygrass is loaded with iron, vitamin E, zinc, calcium and magnesium as well as being high in protein and fibre. Not bad for a little grass that grows across three continents. Try mixing some Barleygrass powder into your stuffing mix for a nutritious protein boost.
Happy Christmas baking!