Staying on Track at Christmas Part 3

Part 3 – Healthy, Gorgeous Christmas Recipes

Food can bring people together and be a fantastic centerpiece to any celebration (this is why I love celebrations!) Unfortunately, a lot of food these days is highly processed. There is so much conflicting evidence out there regarding what is best to eat, but the one thing everyone agrees on: processed foods are bad news! They can result in bloating, feeling tired all the time, achy joints, weight gain and many other nasty things. These symptoms can really put a downer on a time that should be a celebration. So in today’s article we’ve compiled a mixture of cooking tips, recipes and alternative ideas that can help us have our treats but without the side effects, mince pie be praised!

Puds:

Gluten free pastry: 4oz cold organic butter, 6oz ground almond, 2oz quinoa flour, pinch of salt. Bind together by hand or with machine. If it doesn’t bind use an egg. This healthier pastry can be used for any pie.

Gluten & sugar free mince pie: Use the above pastry with the filling recipe below to create the healthiest mince pie ever:

220g fresh cranberries, 340g Bramley apples (cored and grated, don’t peel), 170g shredded suet, 340g raisins, 280g sultanas, 280g currants, 5tbsp honey, 140g Xylitol/Stevia (or another natural sugar alternative), grated zest and juice of two oranges and two lemons, 4tsp ground mixed spice, 1tsp cinnamon, 1tsp freshly ground nutmeg, 6tbsp of brandy.

  • Carrot cake: make with ground almonds (instead of flour) and honey/Stevia instead of sugar

 

****Tips for baking: Use honey, stevia or fruit juice instead of sugar. Use quinoa, ground almonds, gram (chickpea) or flaxseed flour instead of regular flour (takes out the gluten) ****

 

Snacks:

Energy Balls

 

Roasted mixed nuts, pumpkin & butternut squash seeds: Drizzle olive oil, salt, pepper and spices of your choice over the nuts & seeds. Roast in a hot oven for ten minutes or until brown and crispy. These are gorgeous and much healthier than the processed, salted peanut variety in the shops.

Parmesan Crisps: Preheat oven to 190C/gas5, line a flat baking dish with baking paper. Place heaped teaspoons of grated Parmesan cheese on the baking sheet, leaving space for them to spread when cooking. Bake for 8-10 mins, until golden brown and bubbling.

– Prunes/dates dipped in melted dark chocolate: Gently melt a bowl of dark chocolate, using a cocktail stick dip prune into chocolate, allow to cool on baking paper (a cheeky festive option

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