Christmas time is here again! It is a time for families to come together to share, eat, drink and be merry.

Are you concerned about putting on the extra weight at Christmas? Are you looking for the perfect recipe to follow? Let’s take a look…

Here is the perfect low calorie Christmas recipe to follow…

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Breakfast

When you wake up in the morning, your blood sugar is low so you physically crave sugar or stimulants like coffee to improve it.

It is important to have a protein-filled healthy breakfast. Protein generally increases satiety to a larger extent than carbohydrate or fat.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found out that a breakfast particularly rich in protein improved satiety, reduced daily hunger and the need to snack.

Here are 2 perfect low calorie Christmas recipes for breakfast:

1. Poached Eggs with Grilled Mushrooms and Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 fresh organic free-range eggs
  • 1 large tomatoes, washed and cut in half
  • 100g fresh mushrooms, washed and chopped
  • Himalayan sea salt
  • Cayenne Chilli pepper or black pepper

Instructions

Fill a large deep pot with about 3 inches of water and bring it to the boil.
Turn the water down to simmer.
Break the eggs into a bowl one at a time and gently slide it into the water, lightly poach for about 3-4 minutes. When ready remove and place on kitchen paper, transfer later to a plate.
Spread mushroom and tomatoes on a baking sheet and grill for about 15-20 minutes. Add Himalayan sea salt and pepper to give some flavour.
When ready, place grilled tomatoes and mushrooms on the plate with the poached eggs and it is ready to be served.

2. Egg, Banana and Almond Butter Pancake

Ingredients

  • 8 ripe bananas
  • 4 Organic free-range eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of Almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons of Cinnamon
  • Fresh berries
  • Grass-fed butter

Instructions

Mash up all the bananas in a bowl.
Add the eggs and mix well.
Add the almond butter and mix well.
Stir in the cinnamon and mix well.
Melt some grass-fed butter in a pan (on medium heat).
Pour a spoonful of the batter into the pan,  cook both sides of the pancake  till each side is  brown (not burnt).
When you have finished cooking the whole batter, top the pancakes with some fresh berries and serve.

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Lunch/Dinner

Here is a perfect low calorie Christmas recipes for Lunch/Dinner:

Roast Chicken with Sweet Potato and Carrot Fries

This recipe is bursting with protein and dietary fibre. Sweet potato and carrots are also a rich source of good carbohydrates and beta-carotene.

Ingredients

  • 2kg Free range chicken, defrosted
  • 4 Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cut into fries
  • 5 carrots, cut into the shape of fries
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Himalayan sea salt
  • Thyme
  • Black pepper
  • 1 whole garlic bulb, break up into cloves
  • Olive oil

Instructions

Rub the chicken inside out with a generous amount of Himalayan sea salt and black pepper, cover the chicken and leave in the fridge overnight.
The next day, preheat your oven to gas mark 5/190ºC/375ºF
Pat chicken dry, rub olive oil all over it, push the garlic cloves and thyme into the cavity.
Put the chicken on the roasting tray and cook in the oven for about 45-50 minutes. When cooked, move chicken to a plate.
Put the sweet potato and carrot fries into a bowl, add the cinnamon and a little olive oil and mix it all together.
Bake sweet potato and carrots in the oven for about 20-30 minutes. When ready, move to a plate.
Serve roasted chicken with the sweet potato and carrot fries.

Dessert

Here is a perfect low calorie Christmas recipes for dessert:

Coconut flour & Cocoa biscuits

Coconut flour is a healthy substitute for the traditional refined wheat flour. It is gluten-free, high in fibre, lauric acid and many other nutrients important for optimal health.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Organic Coconut flour
  • 5 teaspoon of Virgin, Organic Coconut oil, softened but not melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Organic Cocoa nibs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Dash of Himalayan sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons Maple Syrup

Instructions

Preheat oven to 180 degrees centigrade
Put all the ingredients into a medium sized bowl and mix with a hand mixer until it is fully integrated.
Use a spoon and scoop nine balls onto a baking paper and mash each one down with a spoon to make it ½ an inch thick
Bake in the oven for 15mins until it starts to turn brown.
It is now ready to be served.

So start your Christmas with this yummy, low calorie Christmas recipe; the super healthy way!

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References:

Leidy H J, Ortinau L C, Douglas S M, Hoertel H A (2013) Beneficial effects of a higher-protein breakfast on the appetitive, hormonal and neural signals controlling energy intake regulation in overweight obese, “breakfast-skipping” late-adolescent girls. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 97:677-688 PUBMED

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