Healthy snacking this Christmas
Monday 1st December
As the Christmas season approaches it’s tempting to reach for the salty snacks and chocolate treats. However as obesity is on the rise it’s important not to overindulge as this may increase your chance of health risks. We look at some alternatives to the standard snacking fare.
In many UK households Christmas is the time sit in front of the television and bring out the tins of brightly wrapped chocolates; just two of these chocolates can contain as much as 9g of sugar and 5g of fat.
For a healthy alternative why not try dipping some of your favourite fruits in chocolate, great combinations of fruit and chocolate include banana, strawberry, pear and cherries.
Find out more about the benefits of cutting down on chocolate.
As a nation the UK eat over 6 billion packets of crisps every year, and the festive period is no exception. From accompanying alcoholic drinks in a pub or at home to a staple at buffets and parties, crisps are thought of as a key food in the festive period. These salted potato slices are soaked in oil and salt with the average bag of crisps containing two and a half teaspoons of oil and almost 10g of fat.
Why not swap the crisps this year for a tub of plain or slightly seasoned popcorn, or try oven baked root vegetable crisps.
Rather than reaching for the shop bought salted and roasted nuts, which are filled with salt and extra fat content, pick nuts that are naturally low in saturated fat. These include:
- Chestnuts – a favourite during the Christmas period chestnuts are a good source of vitamin C and contain fibre, potassium, iron, zinc and manganese
- Hazelnuts – are high in fibre and provide a good source of Folate and vitamin B6. They are also good for healthy hearts and digestion .
- Almonds – Rich in calcium and vitamin E almonds are both delicious and beneficial for your skin, as vitamin E helps to improve the condition and appearance of your skin.
Nuts are a natural source of fat, so a small handful is enough for a festive snack.
Find out more about what seasonal fruits and vegetables you can enjoy over the festive period and the health benefits they offer.
Whatever you decide to snack on this Christmas be sure to eat in moderation and ensure you stay active throughout the winter.
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