Don't get fat this Christmas

by Veronica

Having lost weight, I am a little anxious about the approaching season and have been looking at ways not to regain it over seven days eating. A bit of research was needed.

Having lost weight, I am a little anxious about the approaching season and have been looking at ways not to regain it over the seven days eating. A bit of research was needed. A bit of research and forward planning.

I love Christmas and everything about it, from the carols playing whilst I write cards, the Church services, Father Christmas- the Spirit of loving and giving, family - and of course the celebrations which always necessitate the consumption of food.

I have lost weight for health reasons not vanity, although I do look better for it.

I want to share some of the ways I have found to do a " damage limitation " exercise on my weight gain. Last Christmas I only gained one pound doing these things.

You can have a lovely time just don't go mad!

Christmas Cake

My Christmas Cake for the church fair "Guess the weight of the cake " last year.

It's delicious but not exactly healthy!

naughty but nice

Christmas cake
Christmas cake

Drinks

Cut down on the booze
Cut down on the booze

Drinks

Alcohol

Alcohol is laden, full of calories and they are empty calories too. Alcohol does nothing for nutrition but of course many of us  are  going to have some drinks during the festive period.

 

Here are some tips for "Damage Limitation"

Wine goes much further and gives you less clories when you spritz it up.

Add some sparkling water and sparkling lemonade to white wine. It reduces the alcohol consumption. Dry white wine is slightly better than sweet white wine , so opt for dry when you can.

Have a smaller glass when at someone's house. Home measures are usually much larger than standard measures so opt for a smaller glass.

Spirits

Rum is slightly better for you than brandy or whiskey. Also dry vermouth is good but be careful what you mix it with. Try to mix drinks with low sugar mixers.

Salad nibbles

use salad as nibbles
use salad as nibbles
Fruit
Fruit

Christmas Food

party nibbles

A drinks party at your house ?

Try these Festive Nibbles

Party Nibbles are the worst thing to eat as you never know exactly how much you have eaten and don't feel full afterwards.

But you can eat as much as you like of these tiny little bites.

 

MAKE SURE THAT HALF OF WHAT YOU EAT IS FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

 

Pepper and Prawn skewers

Put prawns( shrimps ) , peppers, mushrooms on a skewers and griddle them for a few minutes .

eat as many as you want to  ( NO salt )

Fruit skewers

Cold skewers, just put a few fruits on the skewer.

Smoked salmon ( lax salmon ) and low fat cheese rolls,

Simply roll up the low fat soft cheese in slices of the salmon  ( NO salt added )

Plate of veg sticks

Chop carrots, celery, radish,  peppers into sticks and display on a plate ( NO salt )

Party bites

Chop tomatoes in half and celery into pieces and fill them with a spicy chilli or curry flavoured low fat cheese. ( NO salt )

Dinner

Starters

The big Christmas meal doesn't mean you have to gain weight.

DO have a good breakfast on the day then you won't be as hungry by Christmas dinner time.

Here are some starters that you can eat as much as you want to.

Smoked fish pate

Use salmon, mackerel, trout whatever smoked fish you like, blitz it up in the food processor with a low fat cheese and a bit of lemon juice. That's it. Easy and you can eat as much as you like healthily. Do not add salt.

Instead of eating it with savoury biscuits use veg sticks.

Homemade vegetable soup

Whatever your favourite soup is; Cook and blitz up your vegetables in the stock and there is your healthy soup. piping hot for your guests. If you add a few  cubed pieces of toast as a garnish it limits the amount of bread that you are eating. I add salt to soup but there is no need to .

Large mushroom

Grill a large mushroom per person and then remove from grill and top it with chopped peppers, chopped tomatoes, low fat yogurt, crème fraise ... Warm under the grill and serve hot .

( No salt )

The main event

The main course is a difficult one and you want to enjoy it. If you have cut back on your starters and nibbles then just enjoy what you have on the plate.

The meat, fish and vegetables are easy enough to keep you thin. Fill up vegetables. It's the extras, the stuffing, sauces, roast potatoes, sausages etc that make us fat. Just don't go mad. You'll only regret it after Christmas.

My Healthy Roast Potatoes

The best roast potatoes are undoubtedly done in goose fat but I make my roast potatoes this way.

Boil the potatoes in largish chunks in unsalted water for about 10 mins

Spray with cooking oil and roast in a hot oven for about 40 mins turning them over occasionally.

 

Cranberry sauce

Place 5 ozs of cranberries and 5ozs de-stoned plums in a pan with the juice of 2 large oranges . Cook very slowly reduce it down and stir .

 

Rice ring

I am doing a Rice Ring on Christmas Eve when the family come . Absolutely no fat and totally healthy. Do not add salt.

Boil up the long grain rice and at the end of cooking add pomegranate seeds, corn kernels, chopped peppers. Put into a ring mould and leave to go cold before turning out into a ring. If it doesn't come out as a ring it can still look great in a dish.

 

 

Wine paoched pears
Wine paoched pears

Dessert

If you have space after all that food , then the dessert is something to look forward to of course. In England ,it would be a traditional Christmas Pudding stuffed with suet , dried fruit and alcohol.

I looked around for some healthier options.

Boiling wine cuts the alcohol content.

Poached fruit,

Poached pears or clementines , tangerines make a pleasing alternative.

Bring red wine, water and spices to the boil and reduce heat . Add the pears or clementines and cook through for about 5 minutes or until the alcohol has been absorbed.

 

My Christmas Bombe

I made this for my daughter in law who dislikes Christmas Pudding.

 

Ingredients

One small box of low fat ice cream

One small container of low fat Crème fraise

cinnamon

soft fruit of choices

meringue pieces chopped

Method

Remove the ice cream from the freezer and let it soften but not melt

When ice cream is soft. mix in the crème fraise and meringue pieces, spices and soft fruits

Return to the freezer and freeze until needed .

 

addition Dec 16th

I went to a nibbles party  ( ah the worst ) yesterday lunchtime and these were on the food table so I ate these !

So elegant yet simple and delicious.

 

Egg and Cucumber

Hardboiled eggs halved and with a curl of cucumber on top

 

Cucumber and smoked salmon

Cucumber cut into circles with a tiny swirl of smoked salmon on top and then topped with one chive

 

Conclusion

Last year I only gained one pound over Christmas. I will gain weight again this year, BUT I am hoping that by being careful  it will only be a few pounds or less using the above ideas. It's all about "damage limitation"

Enjoy Christmas with your family.

Wassail
Wassail

Autumn 2017

Autumn tip

Oct 21st 2017

The lovely festive season approaches and I am updating all my Wizzley Christmas pages. I love Christmas and as I have said I don't see it as an opportunity to indulge to excess.

My Tip for the approaching season is to CHECK YOUR CALENDAR. Look at what social occasions are coming up and make sure you plan around it accordingly. Eat sensible breakfasts, low fat, low carbs. Choose sensibly when at a buffet table.

Best of all, enjoy the season by making an effort in the build up to Christmas a few weeks beforehand. You will feel better if you do.

Christmas veggie stcks and dips

So easy. Autumn 2017

Any vegetable sticks can be added to this and as it is low fat, eat as much as you like. Use herbs and spices that you like.

 

  • 350g fat free  fromage frais
  • 100g fat free Greek yogurt
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of paprika
  • Tsp of chopped dill
  • tsp chopped coriander

Stir the ingredients together and chill before eating with veg sticks . Simple.

 

 

 

Autumn 2017

Frank's favourite

I make this as a gift especially for my favourite brother Frank Beswick at Christmas as he loves it. It can be adapted to any type of smoked fish, - salmon. lax, trout, haddock - but Frank loves the smoked mackerel. It makes a good low fat starter or a dish at a buffet table with veg sticks

This makes a medium jar or dish.

Veronica's Smoked Mackerel Pate ( may contain bones )

2 smoked mackerel ( or other smoked fish )

4 ozs soft low fat cheese

splash of lemon juice

Chillis or pepper to taste  (optional )

 

Check the fish for any bones and remove them

BLITZ the smoked fish in your food processor

BLITZ it again to make sure it is finely chopped.

Add the lemon juice and soft cheese and mix it all together.

Place in a pretty jar or dish and put in the fridge to set

 

Guess what Frank will eat on Boxing Day, December 26th.

 

Addition Dec 2017

Cucumber watermelon and grape cups

Cucumber watermelon and grape cups

This is so easy ;-

chop some cucumber into cubes,  chop some melon into cubes and add some grapes .

Mix  2 teaspoons of mint sauce in vinegar with three tablespoon of water . Pour it over the grapes melon and cucumber and serve it in beautiful glasses.

Very classy and elegant but also you won't get fat eating this.

Tomato, prawn and cucumber skewers

These are easy to make but if you use wooden skewers then soak them for 30 minutes before you use them. Then thread some prawns, cherry tomatoes and slices of cucumber on to them. At the end fold a baby spinach leaf to finish it off and cover the tip of the stick.

Eat as many as you like.

Christmas 2018

Here's a healthy option to Christmas nibbles .

Egg, avocado and lettuce cups 

1 hard boiled egg per person 

1/2 avocado per person

1 baby gem lettuce 

small pot of natural fat free yogurt

seasoning to taste 

squeeze of lemon juice

Method 

Separate the lettuce leaves, wipe with a damp paper towel  and use theses leaves as a cup 

Chop the cold hard, hard boiled eggs and mix with chopped avocado.  

Add seasoning  and lemon juice to the fat free yogurt . 

Mix the eggs and avocado in with the yogurt mix and spoon on to the lettuce cups.

Sprinkle with paprika  ( optional )

 

 

 

 

Updated: 11/22/2018, Veronica
 
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Veronica 25 days ago

Christmas 2018 Egg, avocado and lettuce cups

I have added a low fat recipe for Christmas nibbles. This won't get us fat this Christmas.

Veronica on 11/08/2018

Sheila Marie

yes we need to keep in mend that Christmas is a day not a month of overeating.

Veronica on 11/08/2018

( little sister comment )

what is detrimental then? :)

frankbeswick on 11/03/2018

Having enjoyed your Christmas Eve food every year for more years than I can recall, I do not think that it is detrimental to my weight.

sheilamarie on 11/03/2018

Thanks, Veronica. It just takes a little imagination and an awareness of your ingredients to make healthy choices that can also be festive. Presentation counts for a lot. Your suggestions show an appreciation for colour, which is an important part of making a food feel special.

Veronica on 11/01/2018

spot on; you are right . Don't feel too bad if you gain weight. A timely comment as I gained 1 pound today at my weigh in , But in Italy last week, I managed to actually LOSE half a pound ! I am up and down but always with in two pounds or so. I want to reduce a bit before Christmas and am just now eating salad for my lunch !

sockii on 11/01/2018

Between Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas this is definitely the season that makes keeping the weight off difficult! (I also lost weight over the past year or so and am bracing for the struggle.) Good tips all around. I think it's important to note too that we shouldn't beat ourselves up over the occasional meal of indulgence—while we might see a little temporary bloating our bodies can bounce back from that fairly quickly. It's the way it becomes a whole season of treats, parties, big meals and also reduced activity due to the cold weather that have to put our guards up!

Veronica on 12/11/2017

I remove any bones with tweezers before I make it . I have never found any mackerel is an oily fish so good for your heart.

frankbeswick on 12/10/2017

I eat the mackerel pate on my breakfast toast. Delicious! As far as possible the bread is home baked.By the way, there have never been any bones in it.

Veronica on 12/09/2017

Don't get fat this Christmas.

I've added tomato and prawn skewers to the list above. Eat as many as you like without fear of getting fat.


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