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3 HEALTHY CHRISTMAS ALTERNATIVES

Christmas can be a tricking time of year when it comes to achieving your desired health & fitness goals.

3 INGREDIENT CHRISTMAS CAKE

SERVES 8

OPTIONAL dairy-free vanilla frosting

METHOD FOR THE CAKE

Place dried fruit in a bowl, cover with milk and leave to soak overnight in the fridge.

The next day, preheat oven to 160°C and line a medium (23cm diameter) springform cake tin with baking paper.

Stir flour into fruit mixture until evenly combined and smooth into prepared tin. Bake until it is risen, set and golden and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean (check after about 1¼ hours and return to oven for a little longer if needed). Remove from oven. Cool in the tin before turning out. Stored in an airtight container, it will keep for 3-4 weeks.

Just before serving, dust with , using paper doily cut-outs or snowflake stencils to create festive patterns.

FOR THE FROSTING

  1. In a small blender or food processor, blend together all the ingredients for 2 minutes.
  2. Pour into a container with a lid and place in fridge to set for at least 3 hours.
  3. Then spread onto the Christmas cake.

CALORIES PER CAKE = 281

PROTEIN 0.7g per cake

CARBS 65.7g per cake

FAT 1.4g per cake

Let’s compare this to the everyday Christmas cake.

Calories = 237 PER SLICE

FAT 8.1g per slice

CARBS 37.5 g per slice

PRO 3.7g per slice

I think the numbers speak louder than words in this case.

SESAME SEED LAVOSH

INGREDIENTS

To finish:

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 165˚C and line an oven tray with baking paper. In a mixing bowl stir together the flours, sesame seeds, oregano and salt. Mix the oils and water together and add to the dry ingredients, stirring to form a soft, pliable dough.
  2. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and roll each out on a lightly floured board as thinly as possible. Each piece of dough should create a rectangle about 34 x 16cm. Cut each rectangle into strips measuring about 4 x 17cm and roll again. They need to be practically see-through.
  3. Carefully transfer strips to a baking tray, brush lightly with oil and sprinkle with flaky salt. Bake until crisp and pale golden – about 15-18 minutes. Allow to cool fully then store in an airtight container.

CALORIES = 32 for total crackers

CARBS 3.9g

FAT 1.7g

PROTEIN 0.4g

Let’s compare this to an Arnott’s Jatz box of crackers.

CALORIES = 1165 per box

PROTEIN 19g

CARBS 165g

FAT 45.8g

After looking at the difference between the last two recipes and the store brought or original calorie content table can you start to understand how easy it is to eat in a calorie surplus over the festive season?

CHRISTMAS CHEER

As you are well aware alcohol can be the silent killer when it comes to empty calories. So when it comes to choosing a refreshing beverage always look for something lower in calories and very little ingredients.

KOMBUCHA LEMON PIMPED PIMMS

SERVES 2

INGREDIENTS

Combine all ingredients in a jug and give it a good stir. Pour into two glasses and serve!

CALORIES PER SERVE = 121

CARBS 5.9g

FAT 0g

PROTEIN 0g

Let’s compare this recipe with a standard Mojito.

CALORIES PER SERVE = 221

CARBS 38.8g

FAT 0g

PROTEIN 0.1g

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