Of course – you want to enjoy the festivities, so go out and have fun. But if you’re planning your own celebrations, it’s worth bearing in mind the following simple Christmas party food swaps, to save yourself from all that fat and unnecessary calories.
|Shop-bought tortilla chips
Homemade tortilla chips – oven bake corn tortillas for 5–10 minutes till crispy and cut into triangles
- Toasted pitta bread cut into fingers
|Creamy and cheesy dips
||Salsa, hummus and guacamole, yoghurt dips
|Crisps and salted nuts
||Popcorn, raw nuts and olives
|Sausage rolls, pigs in blankets
||Smoked salmon blinis, meatballs, prawn skewers, antipasti board
Satay chicken skewers, sushi, mini bruschetta
||Mini frittatas, mini mozzarella and tomato skewers
If you’re trying to limit your calorie intake, as a general rule avoid anything deep fried, battered or covered in pastry.
Alcoholic drinks can also contain a lot of sugar. To keep your sugar intake down, switch to low-calorie mixers with spirits, go for a spritzer instead of white wine, and avoid drinking too many sweet cocktails.
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