BLOGMAS | 7 Christmas foods that aren’t actually bad for you

BLOGMAS | 7 Christmas foods that aren’t actually bad for you

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Christmas foods might be delicious, but in terms of their nutritional value, it gets a bit of a bad rep. 

For day 7, here are 7 Christmas foods that actually aren’t that bad for you (and of course, your 7th chance to win your favourite Gymshark outfit).  

Turkey

Rejoice! Your trusty Christmas dinner staple is actually pretty good for you.

It turns out turkey is one of the leanest meats out there and not only is it an excellent source of protein, but it also contains immune-boosting minerals such as zinc and selenium. 

Cranberry sauce 

Cranberry sauce might have a relatively high sugar content, but it is also full of antioxidants that have been linked to helping you recover from a hangover. After all, we all need a little extra help at Christmas, right? 

Try and find yourself a low sugar option and you’re all set. 

Smoked salmon 

Found on your fancy Christmas party platters, smoked salmon is packed full of vitamin D and omega-3, so is a great brain food. 

Grab yourself some of this before your yearly family quiz and you’ll smash it. 

Brussel sprouts 

No surprises here. 

Brussel sprouts might be the most controversial component that makes up your Christmas dinner, but no one can deny they come with a lot of health benefits. 

Not only are they rich in antioxidants and vitamin K, but they’re also a great source of fibre which will help keep your digestive system working nicely over the festive period. 

Nut Roast

Skipping the meat this year? No worries.

Nut roasts might be high in fat, but it is also packed full of vitamin E and contains pretty decent amounts of protein. 

Cashew nuts, for example, are an excellent alternative to your meaty Christmas protein source and are also high in iron and zinc. 

If you want more meat-free Christmas inspo, check out Stefanie Moir's vegan Christmas Dinner.

Dark chocolate

Possibly the only time of year that it is socially acceptable to eat chocolate every single morning with your breakfast, at Christmas time - chocolate is an absolute Christmas staple. 

Switch your milk chocolate for dark chocolate for a great source of anti-oxidants! 

Parsnips 

Another veggie to finish us off. Parsnips are packed with potassium, folate and vitamin C so will help to boost your immune system and keep your heart healthy.

 Just like the trusty sprouts, parsnips are high in fibre so can help keep that Christmas bloat at bay. 

This post may not have featured your cheese board or yule log, and for that we can only apologise (trust us, we wanted it just as much as you), but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat them. 

Health is not only physical and if you don’t fancy a whole Christmas without your Lindor - you’re not alone. Just ensure you’re taking care of your body as giving it what it needs as well as what it wants. 

What is your favourite Christmas food? Are you more a cheese board or a selection box type of person? 

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WINNER: Anneleen Gabriels

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