Tips for a healthier Christmas

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christmas 2007 (Photo credit: paparutzi)

With just a few weeks to finish your Christmas preparations, spend some time thinking about the healthy choices that you could easily fit into your Christmas break. It is estimated that the calorie intake of each person on Christmas day could be as much as 7,000 calories…including mince pies at 250 calories each.

Have a look at these simple tips for avoiding over-indulgence:

1.  Encourage everyone to sit down for a healthy breakfast on Christmas morning. That way you will be much less tempted to eat Christmas treats before your meal.

2. Good news for traditionalists! Turkey is a good choice of lean meat but whichever meat you serve, choose lean cuts and trim off all visible fat before cooking.

3. See Christmas lunch or dinner as a great opportunity to get plenty of serves of different vegetables on the table. Be sure to steam, roast or microwave them.

4. Potatoes are a healthy food but can fill you up, leaving less room for other vegetables. Just use one large potato (or two medium) per person. Roast your vegetables separately in a healthier cooking oil, such as olive or rapeseed/canola oil.

5. After your meal go for a walk with the family or friends. It’s a great way to spend time together and you won’t notice that you’ll already be burning a little of that Christmas feast.

Thanks to  http://www.heartfoundation.org.au for these tips

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