Healthy eating: How to cut Christmas Day calories by half

Here's how to cut your calories this Christmas by swapping traditional trimmings for high-protein alternatives

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Many health-conscious Brits are expected to cut their calorie consumption by well over half this Christmas by swapping traditional trimmings for high-protein alternatives.

Online health retailer MuscleFood.com have seen a rise in their Christmas products over recent weeks and have put together a guide on how to cut the calories on the big day.

Some of the suggestions include exchanging classic favourites such as Christmas pudding and champagne for healthier options.

Swaying slightly from a traditional fry up and trying a more sophisticated smoked salmon and scrambled egg substitute could also make a dramatic difference.

Some of the other alternatives suggested include substituting roast potatoes for sweet potato wedges or pigs in blanket for fat-free sausages.

Darren Beale from MuscleFood.com said: “It’s great to see more people looking for healthy alternatives on Christmas Day but we know people don’t want to lose out on taste.

“To avoid eating too many calories, swapping foods for high-protein alternatives is a simple but effective change. No one wants to spend the day eating salads, which is why so many people have been buying our Christmas suggestions.

“There’s no reason you can’t have a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and still keep your calorie content down.”

Breakfast

A traditional fry up comes in at over 800 calories and can fill you up with fats for the rest of the day. Try swapping your breakfast for scrambled egg-whites and smoked salmon which adds up to only 266 calories.

Christmas dinner

Standard roasties can contain as much as 200 calories per potato and stuffing balls are 123 calories each. Swap the standard trimmings for sweet potato wedges and a high-protein, low-fat stuffing mix and reduce your calorie intake by way over half. Classic pigs-in-blankets are full of unnecessary fats and additives, swap them for some chilli and garlic fat-free sausages instead. And top it all of with a glass of isotonic beer, which has more than 100 calories less than a glass of champagne.

Snacks and sweets

Don’t bother with the traditional Christmas pudding when you can get all the flavour and less than a third of the calories in a figgy pudding protein shake. And resist the temptation to eat unhealthy chocolates from the selection box by indulging on guilt-free alternatives such as peanut butter pralines.

Evening snack

If you’re a fan of the cheeseboard later on Christmas Day then try out zero-fat cheddar. The revolutionary cheese contains way under half the amount of calories compared to standard cheddar without losing out on taste.

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