Many people will celebrate holidays this December. Each in their own way, but we all have one thing in common; Christmas and New Year's Eve is all about food, especially a lot (and often unhealthy) food!
When you're living a healthy lifestyle, holiday dinners can be a challenge to resist temptation. With some clever tricks it is really possible to start the dinner in a responsible and healthy way, even during the holidays.
Take control over food
You better plan dinner at your home or arrange everyone to prepare a dish. This allows you to influence the dishes that appear on the table. Of course, not every dish has to be super healthy, but make sure there is a good balance.
To satisfy your hungry feeling, baguette with spreads is often served. These are unnecessary carbohydrates and better to keep for the main course. Therefore choose healthy snacks wisely such as:
- Cucumber slices with cream cheese and a piece of salmon on top.
- Beef carpaccio rolls with pesto, pine nuts, lettuce, Parmesan cheese and lettuce.
- Stuffed eggs.
- Fresh cucumber soup with avocado.
- Raw vegetables such as tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, carrots with a yoghurt dip sauce.
Serve once and eat slowly
With a full table with all kinds of tasty treats the temptation is huge to eat more than just one plate. Try to restrain yourself, most of the time your eyes are bigger than your stomach. It is also smart to eat this one plate slowly. It takes 20 minutes for satiety to occur in our body, so your hunger feelings will pass after this time.
Organize your plate smartly
To keep the balance a bit, it is the trick to arrange your plate in the right way. Make sure that half of your plate is filled with vegetables, a quarter of meat or fish and the last quarter can be filled with carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes, pasta, etc.
Less (alcohol) is more
Alcohol disrupts your digestion for at least 1 day, the more you drink it, the longer it takes. In addition, alcohol contains quite a lot of calories. Try to stick to one alcoholic drink and choose a good moment for this. Do you like a red wine during dinner or do you opt for a beer with some snacks?
Make a healthy dessert
End the dinner healthy without too many calories or refined sugars. Choose fresh fruit, turn it into a nice skewer. If you have time left, there are also delicious low-carbohydrate recipes to make, for example, vanilla ice cream or chocolate mousse.
Low calorie vanilla ice cream
- 6 egg yolks
- 600 ml almond milk
- 14 ml vanilla
- 60 grams of stevia sweetener
- Slowly heat the almond milk together with the vanilla.
- At the same time beat the yolks together with the stevia. Mix it well.
- Add a small amount of almond milk to the mixture to thicken and season it.
- Boil the mixture over low heat for five minutes.
- When it is almost boiling, remove the pan from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.
- Use an ice cream maker if you have one. If not, put the mixture in the fridge for the same delicious result.
Low-calorie Chocolate mousse
- 4 eggs
- 3 tablespoons of stevia
- 350 grams of dark chocolate
- 50 ml of skimmed milk
- 100 grams of natural vanilla
- Melt the chocolate in a large bowl au bain marie.
- Once this is done add the milk and stevia and mix well.
- Take the eggs and separate the whites from the yolks.
- Then add the egg yolks. Stir until well blended.
- Then add the egg whites and vanilla to the mixture and stir well again.
- Then divide everything over bowls and let it cool for two hours.