Some healthy Christmas swaps

Lunch picnic

The stores are filling with Christmas goods, there are carols playing, and there are plans being made for how to celebrate the end of the year. Christmas can become an apprehensive time for many, especially those who are monitoring their food intake for weight loss reasons, and are struggling with motivation to work towards their goals.

Christmas is made up of food, food, and more food, and today’s blog post is looking at how to make changes to the food that goes into celebration activities to make it more nutritious, while still being able to enjoy all the other treats that are around.

  • Fruit platters – these often appear as part of the food available, but serving the fruit with a yummy dip made of ingredients such as low fat vanilla yoghurt and passionfruit mixed in makes for a refreshing tasty treat that has everyone coming back for more.
  • Deconstructed desserts – this can sound complicated, but this can be good for things such as pavlova. By making individual sizes pavlova nests, and have the toppings such as fruit and cream available, people can make their own portion sizes up rather that eating the big serve which may be given.
  • Using smaller cutlery and utensils – this works really well when servings treats such as ice cream, custard, cream, and cakes.
  • Pudding balls – this is a different take on a normal pudding, when you make bite size servings of pudding (similar to rum or bliss balls), and have them available on the table to eat. There are lots of recipes online available for this.
  • Plain chips, popcorn, and pretzels – these are really great ideas to replace chips that have lots of flavouring added to them. If popcorn is made at home (can be done in the microwave with a brown paper bag), toppings can be added as desired, such as chilli powder, curry powder, paprika, herb or spice combinations, cinnamon, and a sprinkle of icing sugar.
  • Portions of snacks – such as individual packets of chips. This can assist with controlling the portion which is eaten.
  • Having dark chocolate on the table – most people won’t eat a lot of dark chocolate, so this can help limit portions.
  • Individual chocolates – the wrappers will keep people aware of what they are eating.
  • Veggie pieces and dip – this is a different spin on crackers and dip, as the delicious flavour of the dip is there, and there veggies provide a nice crunch compared to the crackers.
  • Balance of sweet and savoury snacks – cleansing the palate can be a good way of realising how full or hungry you are.
  • Having water handy – having a big jug or bottle of water on the table and glasses handy can encourage everyone to have some water in between snacks and will ensure that everyone is kept hydrated.


For more tips and ideas, make an appointment to see one of our Accredited Practising Dietitians.