Eat healthy at Christmas

As soon as the advent season begins and the Christmas market opens its doors, sweet treats lure us everywhere: cookies, roasted almonds, Christmas stollen and dominoes can now be bought at every corner. On the holidays itself, then a delicious Christmas menu is waiting for us. Good food is easy at Christmas. For many, however, the evil awakening comes after the holidays, because the Libra is then often a few kilos too much.

Christmas - time of eating

Many of us increase in time around Christmas and New Year. Pounds, with which we often struggle until spring - or even longer.

It's no wonder that we're eating at Christmas. Because a classic Christmas dinner with starter, main course and dessert brings it including drinks to about 1, 500 calories. But with a few tricks you can not only save a few calories during Christmas dinner, but also avoid typical calorie traps in the run-up to Christmas.

Tips for a healthy Christmas dinner

Try it this Christmas with a slightly different Christmas meal: instead of goose, there is a delicious roast turkey or oven cooked fish. Particularly suitable are cold-water fish such as trout, salmon, zander or mackerel. If you do not want to do without the traditional roast goose, you should remove the skin from the goose first, as it contains the most fat.

Before the Christmas dinner is served, it is advisable to serve a low-calorie soup or a salad. Thus, the first hunger is satisfied and the stomach is already a little filled - from the main course is then usually eaten a little less. Likewise, a glass of water can make your first cravings disappear before you eat.

A few calories can be saved at Christmas dinner with sauces and side dishes. Instead of greasy fries or croquettes, use light side dishes such as rice. Likewise, instead of high-calorie creamy sauces, you can make better use of healthier options.

Even during dessert, other calorie traps can be avoided at Christmas dinner: do without high-fat desserts such as mousse au chocolat and instead serve a healthy fruit salad or a delicious fruit quark instead.

Tip: The satiety begins 15 to 20 minutes after the beginning of the meal. So take your time eating and maybe even take a break between courses. This will help you avoid eating more than your body needs.

Calorie trap mulled wine

At the Christmas market hot mulled wine in different flavors attracts us in cold temperatures. Quickly drank three or four cups - but be careful: A cup of mulled wine contains more than 200 calories. Instead of a second cup of mulled wine, drink a hot fruit tea or a hot orange juice.

Almost as popular as a cup of mulled wine is a digestive schnapps after all the greasy food at Christmas. But you can also save those calories: Instead of drinking the schnapps, why not have a digestive walk in the fresh air?

When baking cookies, save calories

Cookies are easy to use during Advent and Christmas, but most cookies are mostly butter and sugar. But with a few tricks you can also easily save calories while baking cookies.

Use wholegrain flour instead of wheat flour for baking. Because wholemeal flour contains more vitamins and fiber, which in turn promote digestion. If the recipe does not explicitly recommend wholemeal flour baking, you can safely replace half of the 'normal' flour with whole wheat flour. In addition, cookies with oatmeal or dried fruit are especially recommended, as they also contain a lot of fiber.

In addition, you can reduce the amount of sugar, which is specified in the recipe, a little - usually the cookies are still sweet enough. In addition, you should not decorate the baked cookies in addition to chocolate or icing - even so can easily save calories. If you do not want to miss the chocolate, you should not decorate the whole place with chocolate, but only dip the cookies into the chocolate.

Tip: Bake smaller cookies - so you can eat more cookies, but without consuming more calories.

Movement after the Christmas dinner

Anyone who moves regularly over the Christmas holidays after eating can easily avoid annoying extra pounds. Because of the increased energy expenditure in sports, the additionally absorbed calories are easily burned again. Take a walk with your family or go ice skating or sledding with your kids.

Even at a snowball fight in the garden or when building snowmen together, the pounds start to melt. In addition, disappears by a bit of exercise in the fresh air and the feeling of fullness that you usually feel after a hearty Christmas dinner.

Tips for healthy Christmas

Everything is allowed - but only in moderation! If you stick to this motto, you will not have to sacrifice anything during the Christmas season, but you'll still be fit and healthy through the holidays. Here are a few final tips and tricks to help you enjoy your meal before and at Christmas without consuming too many calories.

  • Grab Christmas fruit instead of cookies & Co. more often on fruit: Enjoy lychees, kakis, kiwis, oranges, mandarins or baked apples. Even dried apple rings or apricots are more suitable for snacking than sweets.
  • Some fruit is good next to the many sweet treats on the colorful plate, a few tangerine, orange or apple pieces may not be missing here. Also a few nuts are recommended for the colorful plate, because nuts have valuable ingredients. But since they are real calorie bombs, you should only enjoy nuts in moderation.
  • Drink at least two liters a day, preferably water or unsweetened teas. Sufficient fluid stimulates the metabolism and curbs the appetite.
  • For chocolate or chocolate glazes, touch dark chocolate. Due to its high cocoa content, it can reduce blood pressure and antioxidant effects.
  • If you do not want to miss out on sweet treats at Christmas, you can resort to calorie-reduced options such as stomach bread, pepper nuts or anise biscuits instead of fatty butter biscuits.

Tip: Do not completely ban calorie bombs like roasted almonds, butter biscuits or dominos at Christmas. However, enjoy the treats slowly and in moderation.

Calorie content of typical Christmas specialties

Christmas specialty calories
Shortbread biscuits (1 piece)53
Macaroons (1 piece)68
Vanillekipferl (1 piece)35
Speculoos (1 piece)49
Pepper nut (1 piece)25
Stollen (100 grams)400
Walnut (1 piece)72
Domino (1 piece)55
Marzipan (15 grams)69
Baked apple (200 grams)204
Mulled wine (200 milliliters)210
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