The Christmas and end of the year parties are sweet and caloric, yes, we all know that… but why do not you rebel against all this? Choose to take care of yours and remember your meals or dinners not only as the most delicious but also as the healthies ones.
It is an excellent way to think about the welfare of others and their health. And the same thing you should apply to yourself, we are not going to tell you to diet on these dates, it would be absurd and difficult to comply, but you must watch what you eat and how much you eat.
Be the first to buy. Anticipate the others and surprises the supermarket cashier when she sees you fill your basket with typical Christmas products but at a price suitable for all budgets. Christmas shopping can be much cheaper if you prepare a previous budget, buy in advance, include basic food menus and take advantage of the freezer.
The taste of frozen products will be almost identical to the fresh foods, but not their price, which will be much lower. Given the high offer we have today in supermarkets and small shops, we can find frozen products of good quality, so we can anticipate the most conflictive dates and save a few euros.
Also, to look for our bank account, it is essential to avoid rushed purchases and then can bill our health.
- Check that the fish or seafood is fresh and in excellent condition. Be especially careful with mollusks that are taken raw, such as oysters or clams.
- Check the expiration dates of the products.
- The frozen should be the last thing you put in the cart, so you will avoid thawing before you get home.
- Notice that the cans not dented, swollen, rusted or sunken.
- The price of grapes in the weeks leading up to Christmas usually goes up, while the rest of the year can go unnoticed. One option is to buy them several weeks before in a can, and this will put you up for weeks, even after the holidays.
Here are some options as healthy alternatives to the typical Christmas dishes of fats and calories.
Tickets: The varied Christmas cuisine allows us to taste the best products to open your mouth without having to consume an excess of calories. A right formula is to reduce the starters and flee from the more fatty ones. Bet on the seafood (a treat you can occasionally afford), a salad tasting, nuts, smoked salmon, anchovies, anchovies or lean sausages such as serrano ham without visible fat or canned mince.
Main dishes: First, opt for soup, broth or cream, reconstitute the mood, heat the body and do not have to be calorie dishes. An excellent choice will be to prepare a seafood soup, a consommé, a cream of vegetables or pumpkin or a cubed broth with noodles.
Despite what everyone thinks, the main dishes are not the heaviest of the dinner. Multiple appetizers and desserts are more problematic. The most normal thing is to choose a baked dish (kid, suckling pig, turkey, duck or chicken), from here we recommend a good fish such as hake, sea bream, sea bass, sea bream, monkfish; but if you are a hardened carnivore, opt for the leaner meats like turkey or chicken.
The oven is one of the little fat cooking techniques. Keep in mind that food made in its juice, so we can reduce the amount of oil we usually use. The method of roasting has two benefits: by not needing to add oil to the preparations, it gives us few calories, and if we start cooking over a high heat, a superficial crust will form in the food that prevents the water from leaving, thus preserving all its vitamins and minerals and achieving a more juicy and tasty meat.
Accompanying? Some vegetables: artichokes, cardoon or asparagus. Regarding the sauces, you can replace the butter or cream with evaporated milk, you will get the same consistency because it is equally creamy, but it contains almost no fat. Another option is to dress in olive oil, vinegar, lemon, soy sauce or different vinaigrettes.
The dessert: To avoid a bad night (you only have to see everything we have written, and we have not finished eating yet) it is best to put some fruit, like the typical pineapple, which is digestive and diuretic. You can also invent a creative, colorful and healthy dish, such as a Christmas compote with apples, plums, raisins and dried apricots.
The nougat, marzipan, “polvorones,” sugared almonds, candied fruits, chocolates and other sweet treats, leave them for coffee or to accompany the infusion of the end. In large areas you will find many types and varieties “without sugar” or “with fructose”, but beware, because most of the time they have a similar energy contribution, increasing the fat content to the detriment of sugars, so we recommend you that you read the label correctly and that you verify that the light does not remain on the label. The trick is to turn them into little Christmas caprices, instead of a full-fledged dessert.