Christmas is the time when you feel like eating scrumptious delicacies and enjoying the holiday season to the fullest. Let’s admit it, we all look forward to the holiday season for the fun but mostly for the delicious food. From sugar-glazed cookies to gingerbread houses, the list is a long one! But not everything is healthy. If you’re stressed over what you should eat this Christmas, we have you sorted. Scroll down for the perfect Christmas recipes that won’t make you worry about your health.
Make this Christmas healthy with these 5-ingredient recipes
While Christmas and New Year period is a time to enjoy food, and drinks and be merry. However, you don’t have to put your health at risk. If you’re looking for some healthy recipes to enjoy this Christmas, we have you covered. Don’t worry, you don’t need a lot of ingredients to prepare these mouth-watering delights. Here are quick 5-ingredient Christmas recipes for you to enjoy.
Dr Smriti Jhunjhunwala, B.H.M.S, dietitian, fitness expert, and the founder of VitalSwasthya shared some delicious 5-ingredient recipes for Christmas that you can prepare in a jiffy. She also explained the nutritional value of each of these recipes. So, what are you waiting for?
1. Chocolate almond pudding
Who would have thought that chocolate pudding can be as delicious but with the goodness of Avocados? Try this omega-3 rich dish that not only will taste delicious but give you the benefits of antioxidants and fatty acids”
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp almond butter
- 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 6 Tbsp raw honey
- 1/4 cup almond milk
1. Start by removing the seed from the avocado. This can be done by cutting the avocado in half (you will need to cut around the seed) and striking the seed with a knife so that the knife wedges into the pit and twist the pit out.
2. Next, run a spoon in between the shell and the avocado flesh and place the green flesh into a mixing bowl.
3. Add the almond butter and mix on medium speed until smooth.
4. Add the cocoa powder and honey and mix until incorporated.
5. Add the almond milk slowly until the desired consistency is reached. You may use more or less depending on your preferred consistency.
6. Serve in individual serving dishes and top with chopped almonds or sweetened whipped coconut cream.
Cocoa powder is rich in theobromine, which helps reduce inflammation. Avocados are high in omega-3 fats, minerals and vitamins. Almond milk or butter is lactose free, low in carbs and rich in calcium, adds Dr Jhunjhunwala. So, these should be reasons enough to devour this scrumptious delight!
2. Banana bread cookies
If you want to give your cookies a healthy twist, look no further! Try this recipe that will allow you to enjoy your favorite sweet dish guilt-free!
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Optional: 2 Tbsp chopped chocolate
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. On medium speed, mix the bananas, eggs, cinnamon, and honey (if using) until smooth.
3. Add the shredded coconut and mix to combine.
4. Add the walnuts and chocolate (if using) and stir to incorporate.
6. Scoop out the dough onto a placement lined cookie sheet (makes about 18 cookies).
7. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Allow to cool before serving.
Another nutrient-filled recipe, it contains bananas, which are a rich source of potassium and antioxidants, which is good for digestion. Eggs, on the other hand, are protein-rich foods that contain high levels of good cholesterol. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and cinnamon is the winter spice that helps in digestion and weight loss, highlights Dr Jhunjhunwala.
3. Flourless gingerbread cookies
Make gingerbread cookies, which is the traditional Christmas dish. To make it healthy, we will not be using flour, which will allow to enjoy it without worrying about your health.
- 2 cups or 12-15 raw pecans
- 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 ½ tsp ginger shredded
- 10 pitted dates
- ½ tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Drain the water you soaked the dates in and keep it in a bowl.
3. Combine all the ingredients and mix until a dough starts to form in a food processor.
4. Using a cookie scoop, try to make small balls of all the mix and place on a lined baking sheet.
5. Bake for 10 minutes.
Wait until the cookies have completely cooled before removing them from the baking sheet.
This recipe is highly nutritious as it is made using pecan nuts, which are cholesterol-free, rich in antioxidants, good for skin and hair. It also includes dates, which are rich source of fibre, iron and a very good alternative to sugar, says the expert.
4. Yogurt Parfaits
The ultimate seasonal combination of the strawberries with a perfect probiotic, gut friendly yoghurt can beat all the other dishes, because it doesn’t take your time and labour at all.
- Home-made yoghurt (refrigerated overnight)
- 2-3 tbsp raw honey, to taste
- 6 strawberries, chopped
- 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
- Black grapes
1. Scoop out the yogurt from the jar
2. In a serving dish, make alternate layers of yogurt with chopped strawberries and chopped walnuts.You can also use black grapes.
Did you know yogurt is full of nutrients. The presence of probiotics in yogurt makes it good for your gut health. Strawberries are also rich in vitamins and low in calories. Walnuts and grapes are also a powerhouse of nutrients, adds Dr Jhunjhunwala.