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
Updated: 12/16/2016, Veronica
 
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Veronica 17 days ago

Ty. WE can be careful over Christmas and still have a good time .

DerdriuMarriner 17 days ago

Vernoica, Perfect! Thank you.

Veronica on 04/15/2017

Derdriu

Thank you that's very kind. In fact using this Christmas eating style I gained only 8 ounces over Christmas which I was pleased about.

Yes if mulled wine is boiled the alcoholic content diminishes too but quite often mulled wine is merely warmed so not all of it reduces. I do boil mine in order to destroy the alcoholic content. I also add cinnamon sticks as cinnamon is believed to reduce sugar content in the blood.

The Christmas cake was a light fruitcake made with chopped dried apricots, sultanas, dried cranberries and dried cherries which I soaked beforehand. The icing was fondant icing and I coloured the icing myself to get the shades I wanted. I bought the white fondant icing but we can buy fondant icing sugar here in England if we want to make it. I used the fondant to make snowflakes, stars, snowballs and snowmen.

I attached the fondant icing to the cake with warmed apricot jam and I attached the decorations to the fondant with water.

I hope this helps.

DerdriuMarriner on 04/15/2017

Veronica, Sorry I missed the inclusion in the Christmas wishes so please accept my belated thanks and wishes to you and your family. All the tips are helpful and fun learning experiences since I never knew that rum was better for the health than brandy or whiskey. A lot of USA-made films show people either with a half-full glass of 100 percent wine or with glasses of brandy and whiskey!
I noticed your statement that boiling reduces the alcoholic content of wine. Does the same work with mulled wine?
Your recipes are great, even that really beautiful white cake: what is the color of the cake, and just how much and what kind of sugar are in the frosting?

Veronica on 01/04/2017

What a great comment It's a holiday not holimonth... I shall use that . TY .

I have gained a pound a half over Christmas .... not huge amount thankfully.

katiem2 on 01/03/2017

Great tips to stay trim over the holidays. After all it is a holiday not a holimonth....

Veronica on 12/21/2016

A very happy Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all esp BSG, Mira, Candy, Dusty, Mari , Cruise ready, DerdriuMarriner , Angela , John Bartlett

From Veronica

Veronica on 12/19/2016

Last week to Christmas

TIPS
Keep a diary of what you eat so you know exactly what you have had.
Cut down before each big meal or party
Just think of some clothing that you want to look gorgeous in ... and don't eat that fatty food.

Veronica on 12/17/2016

Cut down a little bit before Christmas too so that if we aren't careful the result won't be too bad.
Enjoy yourself : just don't go mad.

Veronica on 12/16/2016

Warmed Wassail is delicious and can be served quite healthily depending what goes into it.


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