Christmas Food: Kate Percy’s Seasonal Survival Guide

Christmas Food: Kate Percy’s Seasonal Survival Guide

Let’s face it, life’s too short not to indulge at Christmas, but with festive fun starting so early in the season, here are a few tips from Kate on how not to overdo it!

Fear not! For I bring tidings of great joy! Many Yuletide treats make great training food! 

Christmas cake and Christmas pudding, turkey breast, chestnuts and Brussels sprouts!

Packed with nutrient-dense calories, they’ll help sustain energy levels and put a spring in your step.

Want to wake up on New Year’s Day feeling fit and fabulous (!?). Watch for those tasty pre-dinner nibbles, like vol-au-vents and sausage rolls, or Christmas goodies such as bacon rolls, creamy bread sauce and brandy butter. Unfortunately they’re pretty much guaranteed to pile on the pounds and make us feel rotten. Highly processed, or stuffed with saturated fat and ‘empty calories’, they won’t help your festive season of training either!

Save them up for Christmas Day treats; you’ll enjoy them all the more…

Spring into January with Kate’s Seasonal Survival Tips:

1. Start each day with a good breakfast

That’s plenty of slow-release carbohydrates for sustained energy and a little protein. This will help prevent hunger pangs and resist the day’s temptations; try porridge, unsweetened muesli or (my current favourite) poached eggs on wholemeal toast, a few slices of avocado and a glass of fruit juice.

poached-eggs-avocado

 

2. Fill up on on the good stuff!

Turkey is a great source of low fat protein,

Chestnuts are packed with minerals, vitamins and  phytonutrients.

Brussels sprouts and starchy veg provide not only slow-release carbohydrate but also plenty of antioxidants. Kate’s recipe for baby Brussels with crispy pancetta is good enough to convert any sprout naysayer!

Go lighter on the turkey skin and the gravy, the roast potatoes and trimmings such as bread sauce and pigs in blankets.

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 To purchase a special Christmas bundle of a signed copy of Kate Percy’s recipe book for athletes Go Faster Food for your Active Family, plus a variety pack of Kate Percy’s Go Bites energy balls, see http://www.go-bites.com.

3. Recognise when enough is enough

why-am-i-always-hungrySo, listen to your body, don’t eat or drink more just because everyone else is!

Ask yourself “Am I hungry?”.

4. Eat slowly to help digestion

Talk more, eat more slowly! The slower you eat, the less tempted you will be to have seconds…and thirds…

5. Drink plenty of fluids

This one really works – alternate each glass of alcohol with a glass of water; this will prevent dehydration and stop you drinking and eating too much.

  1. Try these crafty swaps:
    1. At drinks parties eat the hummus and veggie sticks rather than the sausage rolls (another great tip is to avoid going to a drinks party hungry!)
    2. Swap shop-bought mince pies for homemade (generally lower in calories and sat fat)
    3. Swap Mulled wine for White Wine Spritzer (Just one small glass of mulled wine can be at least 250 calories, making a large glass 500 calories). I also sometimes drink tonic or fizzy water with ice and lemon and pretend it’s a gin and tonic!
    4. Swap Yule Log for Christmas Fruit Cake or fruit and nuts. Stuffed with eggs, sugar, butter and double cream, this creamy chocolate affair is not for the faint-hearted!
    5. Swap Brandy butter for … well there’s no alternative! Just enjoy in moderation

For more information about Go Faster Food, or to purchase a special Christmas bundle of a signed copy of Kate Percy’s recipe book for athletes Go Faster Food for your Active Family, plus a variety pack of Kate Percy’s Go Bites energy balls, see http://www.go-bites.com.

#enerJoy-a-ball Try these delicious Christmas Energy Balls!

Christmas Pudding Energy Balls

 

To purchase a special Christmas bundle of a signed copy of Kate Percy’s recipe book for athletes Go Faster Food for your Active Family, plus a variety pack of Kate Percy’s Go Bites energy balls, see http://www.go-bites.com.