Quick tips for healthier festive food
Below are a few more tips to help you pick healthier items and get the best value for money when you’re shopping for food this Christmas:
• Your waistline and your wallet will benefit if you spend just a little more time at the supermarket. Compare portion sizes and number of portions per packet. And do compare different brands, as you can often get similar foods at a cheaper price when you buy supermarket own brands.
• The party foods in supermarkets can look tempting, but is there a way you could save cash and calories? Buy frozen vol-au-vents, then bake and stuff with low-fat soft cheese or cranberry and a sliver of Camembert. Or roast some chestnuts – the only low-fat nut in existence!
• Don't get sucked into multi-packs or “buy one get one free” offers. It’s easy to be lured by such signs and buy foods that weren't on your shopping list. Big packs of food can often mean you eat more simply because it’s hard to put the rest away. And if you think about it, by eating more of them, you're probably spending more in the long run.
• Use up leftover chicken, beef or even salmon by sprucing it up into a fricassee. Just sauté some onion and garlic, add some seasonal veg, the pieces of leftover meat or fish, and some stock. Cook well, then stir in some low-fat Greek yoghurt just before serving.
• Most importantly, when all the planning and shopping is done – relax and have fun with your family!