Healthier Swaps for Holiday Feasting

Christmas is nearly here, and for many of us, it’s the time to feast! Although it may seem like an impossible feat to eat healthily and maintain a nutritious diet throughout an indulgent Christmas break, the task at hand might be rather simple.

While many of our most-loved Christmas treats are high in sugar, salt, saturated fat and more, we’ve put together a list of festive favourites – with some tweaks – so that your feasts can be as healthy as they are delicious!

Roast Turkey with Lean Pork or Chicken: They are affordable and super lean, and it has got just as much nutritional quality as red meat.

Glazed Ham with Grilled Salmon: Ham is heavy on the salt and the glaze is an indulgence with brown sugar as its star ingredient. Instead opt for grilled salmon, and you’re all set for a healthier feast!

3. Deep-fried Pork Belly and Rich Gravy with Roast Pork Loin with Apple and Cider Gravy: Swap out that pork belly for a leaner cut such as pork loin and roast it instead. Pair it with apple and cider gravy for a more sublime, healthy but no less tasty, treat.

4. Fruit Cake with Fruit Jelly: The high calorie and fat content can outweigh the benefits of its individual ingredients. An alternative is fruit agar agar, make it completely free of added sugar if natural flavours from fruits are used.

5. Roast potatoes with Fruit, Vegetable and Legume-based salads: With roast potatoes comes extra fat and salt. Swap this for salads made with tomatoes, mangoes, lentils, kidney beans and chickpeas.

Here’s to a holiday season that’s satisfying on the tastes buds and healthier too! All you need to do replace traditional Christmas winter foods with more culturally appropriate, locally available dishes.


Sources: https://www.parkwayeast.com.sg/healthplus/article/healthier-christmas-food-swaps

https://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2020/12/03/5-healthy-food-swaps-help-you-celebrate-season

Author: Pallabi Sinha

I am a Nutritionist with 6 years of expertise in the field. I have a knack of convincing people to switch to a healthier lifestyle.