Tuck into these: delicious Christmas superfoods
Feeling a little, erm, full from the party season? Maybe your skin is even looking a little dull from all the canapés and alcohol? I hear you. But before you start to stress over just how much food you’re going to gobble down during your festive feast, there are actually more than a handful of superfoods to be found on your Christmas Day dinner table. You just need to know what to look for…
CHRISTMAS SUPERFOOD #1: cranberries
WHY THEY’RE HEALTHY: they’re bold, they’re beautiful, they’re juicy and they’re jam-packed full of antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, which means wonderful things for your heart health. (They’re also brilliant at preventing urinary tract infections, but I’ll leave the vagina talk to bh’s Deb, thank you very much.) Of course, fresh is best when it comes to these tasty gems, so go easy on the sugar-laden cranberry sauce you find in jars.
CHRISTMAS SUPERFOOD #2: turkey
WHY IT’S HEALTHY: despite the Aussie heat, most families still opt for a hot turkey on Christmas Day. This is a wonderful choice of meat, as it is low in cholesterol, saturated fat and overall fat, and is crazy high folic acid, which is known to aid against birth defects, heart disease and various forms of cancer. Just go easy on the crispy skin – you’ll undo all the goodness of the white meat.
CHRISTMAS SUPERFOODS #3: green vegetables
WHY THEY’RE HEALTHY: it’s highly likely you’ll find peas, beans, Brussels sprouts, or broccoli sitting next to the turkey, so feel free to go nuts with these as they are an ample source of fibre and super-low in calories. However, opt for the fresh or frozen variety if possible – they’ll be lacking in nutrients and high in sodium if they’ve come from a can.
CHRISTMAS SUPERFOOD #4: pumpkin
WHY IT’S HEALTHY: this fibre-rich member of the squash family contains a whole heap of beta-carotene, which does many good things for your eye heath, and can even help prevent some cancers. It’s also chock-full of vitamin C and potassium, so if you’ve got high blood pressure, feel free to gobble and gobble and then gobble some more.
CHRISTMAS SUPERFOOD #5: sweet potato
WHY IT’S HEALTHY: like the humble pumpkin, this tasty orange vegetable is also full of beta-carotene, as well as fibre and antioxidants. They’re a fantastic vegie for those with a sweet tooth (hence the name), and are a great substituted for fries – simply slice up, spray with olive oil and baked in the oven until crisp. Yum!
Have you overdone it in the eating and drinking department this silly season? Will you be snacking on any of the above Christmas superfoods over the next few days? Which one is your favourite?