Something to bear in mind over the festive period. Those sweet and savoury treats that we may normally enjoy in abundance can soon rack up lots of extra calories! And treats / snacks eaten BETWEEN meals do still count!
Mince pies are high in calories, saturated fat and sugar because of the pastry case, as well as the suet and sugar in the mincemeat filling. If you’re baking your own, only use pastry for the base and leave the top open, just add a small star of pastry or use a lower-fat pastry, such as filo.
Did you know - an average 57g mince pie contains:
On its own, Christmas pudding is a calorific choice and usually comes with energy-packed extras, such as brandy butter or cream. Instead, try low-fat custard or, if there’s no substitute for cream, try single cream, which is lower in calories per tablespoon than double cream.
Did you know - each 100g portion of Christmas pudding contains:
Oh – and a table spoon of double cream = 67 cals (and we never just have ONE do we?) 10g of brandy butter is 57 calories.
The Christmas buffet is a big temptation during the holidays. Enjoy sausage rolls, prawns in pastry, scotch eggs and pork pies, but in moderation. Instead, fill up on healthier options like salads, crudités and sandwiches. Fill your plate and move away so it’s harder to go back for seconds.
Did you know - a 30g sausage roll contains:
One chocolate won’t do any harm, but once the box is open, it can be hard to stop. Try to only open the box when you have guests to share them, and keep any leftovers out of sight to avoid temptation.
Did you know - two chocolates contain: