USN Nutritional expert, Gareth Powell, shares his great tips for combating the holiday eating guilt with healthier choices.
We all love special holidays! Not only do families get together, but there’s a lot to look forward to with all the mouthwatering meals, snacks and treats! For many, kids and adults alike, holidays can result in uncontrolled calorie consumption. This is not great news for our waistlines. Why not try and avoid overindulgence by planning healthier alternatives.
Eat this: Spanish omelette; Not that: Traditional fry-up
Eggs are an excellent source of protein (with about 6g of protein per large egg), and they also make a great breakfast, which is arguably the most important meal of the day! Make sure your breakfast includes carbs, protein and fat, with added fibre and micronutrient levels to keep you going.
So, bulk up your breakfast omelette with greens like:
Throw in a small handful of low-fat mozzarella and chicken or beef strips, cooked in coconut oil. Add some sliced avocado and rocket leaves on the side. Yum!
Eat this: Roast beef; Not that: Cured ham
Beef is a great source of protein, iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and niacin. It’s also lower in fat than lamb or pork, as well as being much lower in sodium than cured meat, making it better for your heart. Beef also provides nutrients that help maintain energy levels, as well as being a vital supply of easily absorbed iron.
With protein and amino acids that help repair small muscle tears, supporting the requirements of those who are regular trainers, there’s no reason why roast beef shouldn’t be on the menu.
Eat this: Dark Cchocolate; Not that: White or milk chocolate
Dark chocolate trumps milk chocolate by far due to its higher cancer-fighting antioxidant content. Unsweetened cocoa powder is another good source of antioxidants.