Christmas is truly a time for indulgence, and here at Little Soap Company HQ we’re all for letting our hair down and enjoying the festive season. But that does not mean we’re going to overindulge. There is a difference! Instead, we’re going to make sure that for every treat we consume, there will be something ‘clean’ waiting to follow. The 80/20 rule does not need to be abandoned over the Christmas period, so here are three healthy dishes to serve on Christmas day… you’re welcome!
A word on Christmas food
Not ALL Christmas food is bad. And if you really want roast potatoes with your dinner this year, there are really worse things that you can eat! So don’t beat yourself up about it (especially as it hasn’t even happened yet!) and if you want to choose so called ‘naughty’ foods then go for it. BUT don’t regret it. Plan your treats this Christmas and stick by your guns. It doesn’t mean that all your hard work this year has been for nothing. Christmas is one day, and one day only. Here are our three top tips on how to survive the day and its indulgences without feeling awful the next day:
- Start the day with a glass of water or four. Seriously, hydrate yourself, and keep water to hand all day so that your kidneys continue to function well and clear out the toxins in your body.
- Have a healthy breakfast. Yes, even a ‘fry up’ can be healthy. Choose your proteins and your carbs carefully and make sure that what you eat in this meal is going to work for you all day.
- Get out for a walk. There is nothing worse than sitting in all day, eating, drinking and doing little exercise. The fresh air will do wonders for your peace of mind and will get you away from more temptation too!
Three healthy dishes for Christmas day
So who said delicious food had to be unhealthy? Say no to heartburn this year, and make sure that at least some of your Christmas dinner is healthy! Here are our top three dishes:
Sweet potato fish cakes
These little beauties are perfect for your starter and they are deliciously sin free too! All you need to make them is:
- 1 rainbow trout
- 100g smoked salmon
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 50g goats cheese
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 red chill, diced
- 1 egg, beaten
- handful chopped chives
- 50g gluten free breadcrumbs
To make the fishcakes, first you need to wrap the trout in foil and bake in the oven for 25 mins at 200 C. When it done, take it out and leave to cool. Then peel and boil the sweet potatoes, and once cooked mash and leave to one side in a bowl. Flake the trout into the mash, then cut the smoked salmon into small pieces and add, along with the garlic, chilli and chives. Mix all the ingredients together then leave to chill in the fridge for one or two hours.
When chilled, beat your egg in one bowl, and add your breadcrumbs to another. Use your hands to shape the fish/ potatoe mixture into cakes. Then you dip them into the egg, then the breadcrumbs and place on a baking tray. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until golden. Delicious served with a light salad.
Who can resist stuffing with their turkey dinner? And this recipe is completely clean, free of nasty additives and absolutely delicious too! All you need it:
- 450g minced pork
- 1 red onion, chopped finely
- 225g chopped peeled and roasted chestnuts
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon mixed herbs
- salt and pepper
To make the stuffing, mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Shape into balls and bake until they’re crispy on top. Simple!
We absolutely love this recipe from My Goodness. Christmas pudding is one of those dishes that you either love or hate, and if you love it (but want to stay on top of your clean lifestyle over Christmas) then this one is for you! What we love about this recipe is that it is gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free. It can also be made without eggs for those of you following a vegan diet.
Get the recipe here. And enjoy!