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A Happy Healthy Christmas

gingerbread-man

Here we are again; Christmas has come around so fast!  Now that I have a little family, it is important to me to look after my family’s health all year round.  This month, I will offer a few tips to get through the festive season feeling as healthy as possible and a recipe treat for the whole family to make for Christmas day!

Tips for Mum & Dad:

  • Eat mindfully- think whilst you’re eating and enjoy every bite.  Eat when sitting and eat all your food from a plate.
  • Take the family for a walk or a swim Christmas morning.  What a great way to start the day and you’ll feel great for the rest of it!
  • Drink loads of water throughout the day – especially if it’s hot or you are having champagne or two.  Have a jug of mineral water on the table full of lemon, lime, orange & mint – delicious!
  • Whip up some healthy salads to go with the Christmas meats or even a healthy homemade stuffing (think crushed nuts, lemon, quinoa & fresh herbs).  Cranberries and watermelon are great summer additions to salads.  Why not make watermelon, fetta and mint skewers to snack on, mmmm!
  • Avoid heavy or fried foods that are going to weigh you down and make you tired.
  • If you do happen over eat – don’t worry!  One day of over-indulging won’t increase your waistline, all the better to eat well and exercise the next day.  Or…. Go easy on all the junk food and you won’t have to make all those resolutions for 2012 (Oh, and you’ll feel better!)

And, the Kids:

  • Get mum & dad to take you out & about on Christmas morning – use those new scooters or bikes! Or head to the beach.
  • Pitch in and help with the cooking – it is fun!

 

Recipe:  Healthy Gingerbread Men

  • 1/4 cup organic butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce/ puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses or maple syrup
  • 3 cups wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

Preparation:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar & apple until smooth.
  2. Add egg and molasses and mix well.
  3. In another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and spices.
  4. Add this to the sugar and molasses mix above, and stir well as you do.
  5. Divide the dough in half, cover with plastic wrap and pop in the fridge for 2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough to 1/4 - 1/8-inch thickness.
  7. Cut gingerbread men with a cookie cutter. Add raisins to decorate.
  8. Place 1-2 inches apart on a paper-lined baking sheet.
  9. Bake 10-12 minutes. Add frosting or more decorations when
  10. This should make approx 30 cookies, Enjoy!

Here we’ve swapped a few things, the white flour & sugar for brown (unprocessed varieties) and add raisins for a little extra fibre. You could also decorate with dried cranberries, goji berries or almond flakes.  The spices give the cookies a great flavour and have numerous health benefits.

Have a safe and healthy festive season and I’ll see you in 2012!

Kim Holmes

Kim Holmes

Kim

Kim Holmes is Platinum Pre School's preffered Nutritionist, she writes specifically tailored articles for the Platinum Newsletter and advises our staff on questions related to childhood nutrition. 

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