The big day has come and gone, but there are still tonnes of mince pies, roast turkey and supermarket canapé’s left over; being healthy is the last thing on many people’s minds. It is said that the average person consumes around 6,000 calories on Christmas day alone! And it’s not just Christmas day we need to worry about, the left overs last for days.
Start the day right with a healthy breakfast, preferably one that is going to keep you full, such as porridge or a nutritious smoothie. This way you won’t be tempted to dip into the snacks, and when it does come to snack time have vegetables with low fat dips instead of crisps or stick to unsalted popcorn if you must.
A great alternative to party canapé’s is a small pot of plain yogurt with sliced banana. The protein in the yogurt slows down the digestion process in your stomach, helping delay the effects of a glass of wine. Whilst the potassium in the banana helps balance the increase in salt intake through processed snacks. This is especially helpful for those who love olives or salted nuts.
Remember to make a conscious effort to drink 8 glasses of water a day; you can even supplement a glass for a nice warm cup of herbal tea. Dehydration can lead to headaches and paired with the effects of alcohol it can really hurt your health. Make sure you get back to your normal routine as soon as possible and enjoy the holidays while it lasts!