A Healthier Mince Pie
What do you do about your healthy eating goals over the holidays? Do you:
A) completely abandon your diet and healthy eating goals over Christmas?
B) Just let them slip a little?
C) Resist all the festive food and not put on a single pound.
If you answered C, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore. I’m only joking; I’m just a bit jealous.
Ten years ago I definitely fell into the A category. Read about that here, Why I never start a Diet in January.
Now my answer is B; I just let my healthy eating slip a little, well maybe a tiny bit more than a little.
Here’re the tips I shared in Why I never start a Diet in January. These may help stop your waist bulging out after your Christmas dinner and popping a button.
Or are you like me and opt for the comfy elastic waistband?
There’s also a delicious healthier mince pie recipe below.
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Beat the Festive Binge
1) Start the day with a healthy breakfast. If I try and save calories for the main dinner and sit down starving, I end up eating far more than I should.
2) Eat mindfully and try to enjoy and savour every mouthful of food.
3) Drink water to help fill you up and cut down on some alcohol.
4) Get some fresh air, take a walk to burn some calories.
5) Remember there’s always tomorrow. You don’t need to eat a second portion right now; you can save it for later or tomorrow.
6) Be generous share your chocolates and treats. It is, after all, the season for giving. I’m all for sharing out the calories.
7) Watch your portions – maybe eat less stuffing and choose a larger portion of vegetables.
8) Don’t eat to please and ignore, “Oh go on it’s Christmas...”. If I’ve asked for a smaller piece, then I’ll fib and say I might have some more later.
9) Be moderate with the extras such as the cream, gravy, brandy butter and mayonnaise. Add just enough to enhance the dish, don’t swamp it.
10) Eat from a plate, not the serving platters. For example, I’ll choose my crackers and cheese and put them on a small plate with sides.
If I keep helping myself from the serving dish, before I know it I’ve eaten nine crackers and half a pound of cheese.
11) If I overdo it, then I’ll move on and make a healthier choice next time.
For more healthy eating tips take a look at these 30 top tips for weight loss and healthy eating.
Here’s an alternative recipe for the traditional mince pie. It swaps the shortcrust pastry for filo pastry to save on fat.
Shortcrust pastry contains nearly 30g of fat per 100g, and the filo pastry comes in at a respectable 0.9g fat per 100g.
These mince pies are around 85 calories each instead of a whopping 230 calories for my shop bought mince pie, with 2 g of fat instead of 8.2 g.
The Mince Pie Recipe
I came across this recipe in a magazine, years ago and ripped it out. It says crafty cook at the top of the page and I think the magazine was Zest.
Here’s a great recipe binder for all your torn out, printed or written recipes.
Have you got any tips and strategies you use to beat the festive binge? And if you make the mince pies post a picture of them on Nutrilicious Ladies.
Lucy G x