Christmas Swaps to ‘Healthify’ your Plate

With Christmas just around the corner you are probably already thinking about what you will make and serve to your guests. Here are some healthy suggestions that are easy to incorporate into your cooking:

Fruits – fruit is such a great way to add sweetness into any meal

  • Caramelise bananas in a fry pan with a little oil to top on pancakes or cold desserts.
  • Add some orange segments or pomegranate seeds to salads.
  • Poach some pears with a little vanilla powder and serve with whipped coconut cream.
  • Top desserts with fresh berries or blend berries with some coconut water for a refreshing drink.
  • Blend up some frozen bananas to make ‘nice-cream’ and top with some nuts/seeds and some melted chocolate.

Cream – try use coconut cream when a recipe calls for cream

  • Place a can of coconut cream in fridge overnight and in the morning scoop of the thick cream and whip to thick peaks to serve with desserts.
  • You could also use natural yoghurt as a replacement for cream on desserts.

Sugar – try using more natural sugars

  • Such as; xylitol, stevia, raw honey, rice malt syrup or coconut sugar/syrup.
  • These sugars have a lower GI rating meaning that will not cause such a dramatic rise to your blood sugar levels.
  • Be mindful that these are still sugars and need to be consumed in moderation.

Flour – try using more wholemeal options

  • Such as; wholemeal spelt or rye, buckwheat, millet, amaranth or quinoa flour when a recipe calls for wheat flour.
  • There flours are more wholesome, contain many essential nutrients and will keep you feeling full for a lot longer.

Butter – when a recipe calls for butter at least use grass fed butter or try using equal quantities of coconut oil

Check out my recipe for ‘Rum Balls’ that was posted a few weeks ago. Super tasty and easy to make, you won’t even be able to taste the difference.

Happy Cooking!

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