Don’t have a kilojoule crisis when you’re invited out over a holiday period, we have some smart choices for you.
Here are some tips to make smart choices when you’re…
1. At the office party
- Avoid bowls of crisps and nuts — you can crunch your way through 800+ kJ without noticing. Munch on pretzels rather than crisps — a saving of 320 kJ on a small handful.
- Crudités are a wise choice, but go for crunchy veg rather than dipping with Pringles or tortilla chips. And don’t dip too often!
- A few slices of French bread are 600 kJ; a slice of garlic bread is 1 200 kJ. As for spread, skip the butter and try pâté (280 kJ) or hummus (less than 200 kJ).
2. Out for drinks
- Did you know you can drink three glasses of wine for the same amount of kilojoules as one glass of glühwein? Going for wine spritzers slashes the kilojoule-count even further.
- Try soda water as a mixer instead of sugar-loaded lemonade. You’ll cut down on sugar consumption and still enjoy some lovely bubbles.
- Choose low-kJ mixers with spirits — a gin and tonic is around 340 kJ, so you’re better off with soda water instead.
3. At Christmas lunch
- Keep it light. A 125g portion of white meat, no skin, is under 800 kJ, while dark turkey meat with skin notches up around 1 000 kJ.
- Have one roast potato instead of three and you’ll save around 800 kJ. Go for one boiled potato with herbs and you’re down to 160 kJ.
- Christmas pudding with all the trimmings is almost 1 800 kJ but, if you cut back on the brandy butter (600 kJ) or custard (200 kJ) and cream (400 kJ), it’s down to 1 200 kJ.
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