The temptations of Christmas can be overwhelming
If, like me, you start to feel a bit panicky around about this point in the year, this is for you.
For all of us who struggle with our weight, health or food intolerances, the temptations of Christmas can make for a roller coaster holiday experience. I have tried all strategies and learned the hard way. The ‘what the hey, it only happens once a year’ approach has led to multiple food comas, rock bottom self esteem and a seemingly endless struggle to get back on track.
The alternative ‘I’m not going to let a single empty calorie pass my lips’, just leads to massive party-pooping and a sudden all out binge when it all becomes a bit much.
Is there a middle way? I think there might be. Finally, I think, I have worked out how to survive Christmas and enter the New Year, relatively unscathed and able to fit into my jeans.
It’s just about going with the flow enough to have a good time, but not so much that you’re drowning in egg-nog.
To help you manage the holiday season with éclat, here are a couple of my favourite Christmas recipes. Designed to get some Ho-Ho-Ho into Wholesome, these recipes are light and delicious and will provide you with the armoury you need to manage the two big Christmas danger zones – the cake tin and the cheese board!
If you need more than this to get you through the Christmas Season unscathed, then download my FREE Christmas Survival Guide by clicking the link below. It has everything you could possibly need to help you get through the Christmas Season including a 4-Day Reset Plan, just in case things go wrong!
Mince Pie Flavoured Amazeballs
There is no point in denying yourself the occasional sweet treat, that way disaster lies as it is just not realistically achievable for most humans! But, by rolling all the flavours of Christmas into one delicious little ball, with my mince pie flavoured Amazeballs you get all the benefit of Christmas, with none of the drawbacks!
You can join me in my Christmas Kitchen as I prepare these delicious Mince Pie Amazeballs (my daughter calls them Crimballs!) in this video.
- 1 large cup (well, a mug really) walnuts
- 9 pitted medjool dates
- ½ cup sultanas, soaked in brandy (optional)
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup fresh cranberries
- 1 heaped teaspoon chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- Place all the ingredients into a food processor, or very powerful blender
- Whizz until all the ingredients are combined, stopping the machine and stirring up the ingredients from time to time as necessary.
- you are aiming for the point when everything starts to clump together but there is still a bit of texture to the mix.
- Roll the mixture into little bite-sized balls and then coat in finely chopped walnuts to coat.
Dairy-free Cashew Cheez
Cheese can be really tempting at this time of year, but it’s also very heavy on the digestive system, and a really no-no for anyone who is avoiding dairy. To help you get all the cheesy benefits without any of that gastro-intestinal distress, here is my easy-peasy-cheez. Literally whizzed up in a second and versatile enough to be used as an alternative to cheese sauce in, for example, a veggie lasagne, dolloped into baked potatoes or alongside a chilli, or even popped onto delicate and sophisticated canapés. The choice is yours and I am sure you can think up a million ways to use this super-versatile, uber-easy recipe.
- 2 cups cashews, soaked for at least 6 hours
- 2 cloves garlic, slightly crushed
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 heaped tablespoons nutritional yeast
- Water – for a cream cheese texture, you will need approx 2 tablespoons, for a dip, add more water to reach the consistency you prefer.
- 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
- salt to taste
- herbs and flavourings of your choice eg capers and dill (delicious with smoked salmon), chives (the perfect dip), tarragon and lemon zest, parsley, coriander ..
- Put all the ingredients, except the herbs, into your food processor or high speed blender.
- Whizz until combined and a smooth, even consistency is achieved. Add more water as necessary to get the consistency you prefer.
- Add the herbs and flavourings of your choice and either stir in by hand or pulse to combine.
I hope knowing there are some healthy alternatives to the usual Christmas pitfalls has inspired you! If you would like to have more tips and tricks to help you survive the Christmas season plus and 4-day reset plan (just in case it all goes horribly wrong), then download my 20 page Christmas Survival Guide below!