THE HOLIDAY IS ABOUT FOOD, SPENDING TIME WITH OUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS AND DOING THINGS THAT WE ONLY DO DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. Endless dinner parties can make it difficult to know how to maintain a nutritious and healthy lifestyle during this time of year. Even though it is important to enjoy the food and desserts, as always, it is recommended to do so in moderation. Therefore we have combined some tips for you to maintain a healthy and nutritious Christmas, but still with a sweet touch thanks to our two recipes.

Tips and tricks to maintain a healthy and nutritious Christmas

  • Make sure that your plate is mostly covered with vegetables
  • Choose the leaner options, such as chicken, turkey or fish if they are available
  • Avoiding eating red meat more than twice in a week
  • Plan your day as much as it is possible, if you know you will have a big dinner, choose a lighter alternative for lunch
  • Try to stick to your normal meal rhythm if possible (3 meals a day).
  • Make sure that you drink enough water, it is also filling
  • Keep the alcohol intake to 2 units per dinner
  • Spend about 20 minutes on your meal
  • You do not always have to serve yourself dessert
  • Listen to what your body wants, is it hungry or is it full?
  • Take the time to chew, eat, taste and enjoy the food!
  • Have a planned activity every day, such as walking, skiing, biking or hiking

Recipes to have an healthy Christmas, but still with a sweet touch

Vegan Chocolate chip cookies

chocolate chips cookies

  • 250 g tahini
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 50 g cane sugar (brown)
  • 1 heaped tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp oat drink or almond milk
  • 240 g white flour
  • 1 tsp nutmeg (powder)
  • 2 tsp clove (powder)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (powder)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sodium bicarbonate
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 100 g vegan, dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  1. Mix all the ingredients (except the raspberries) together either by hand with a spatula or in a mixer. The dough should result in a thick and sticky mass.
  2. Use a tablespoon to measure the size for each cookie and place each one on a baking tray with baking paper.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  4. Use your hands to even out the cookies and place one raspberry on each cookie.
  5. When the oven is warm, place the baking tray in the oven and let the cookies cook for 10 minutes, until golden brown.

Coconut balls covered in dark chocolate

coconut ball

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 300 g shredded coconut
  • 100 g dark chocolate (min. 50%)
  1. Open the can with coconut milk and use a spoon to take out the thick mass of the milk (normally accumulated on the top of the can) and put into a bowl. (We will not use the liquid, but this can be used to make e.g. chia-pudding).
  2. Mix the shredded coconut into the thick mass and make sure most of it is blended together to a dry thick mass.
  3. Use a teaspoon to measure how big the balls should be and use your hands to form them into a round ball.
  4. Place the balls on a plat covered with baking paper. If the mass is too sticky, add some more shredded coconut.
  5. Melt the chocolate in a pot on low heat, and pour the chocolate on the balls with a spoon, or roll on and one in the pot so the ball is fully covered with chocolate.
  6. Store them in the fridge for a couple of hours, before serving them.

We wish you a healthy and joyful Christmas – take care of one another and have fun!

Written by Aurelia Corbaz

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