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How to have a Healthy Christmas (or Healthy-ish!)

Oh my goodness, it’s Christmas time! Christmas is still two weeks away, but I have already started eating like it is Christmas Day.

Surely I’m not the only one in this boat! Between the Christmas parties, my girls’ kindergarten parties and filling my cupboard with not so healthy treats to gift to friends, I feel like Christmas Day indulgence has spread to more of a ‘November / December indulgence’.

I have also noticed that my days are getting busier. There is so much more to organise and manage at Christmas time. As women and Mums, we are often left in charge of all the gift buying, the food organisation, the event management. This is on top of our already full days trying to manage our little ones and perhaps run a business. (P.S. If you feel overwhelmed by the mental load of motherhood, check out this cartoon which perfectly summarises why you might feel so stressed!)

So with two weeks to go, I thought I would try to create a more healthy Christmas this year.  I have collaborated with some of my favourite mummy bloggers, nutritionists, fitness queens and yoga mummas to bring you a guide to how to have a Healthy Christmas (or healthy-ish Christmas!).

I think that there is something for everyone in this post, so I hope you enjoy!! Thank you to all the amazing women who have contributed to this post. Please check them all out! So much inspiration on healthy living for you to enjoy all year around!

Kimmy xx


The Workouts!

I wanted to share two workouts that you can do either side of Christmas Day. If you feel like it of course! But I know personally, I really like to workout on Christmas Eve. There is something in me that just can relax a bit more knowing that I have been pretty healthy in the lead up to Christmas Day.

I am not normally one to promote training as penance for overeating. But when it comes to Christmas Day, I do know that it is nice to be able to indulge guilt free.

The Christmas Eve workout is a short high intensity hit out. Guaranteed to get a sweat on! Especially if you do a couple of rounds.

The second is a recovery workout, which is a fusion of core exercises and yoga. It will help to ignite the digestive fire and get your energy moving again if you are feeling lethargic from all that eating. It is short and low intensity, so a nice one to just ease back into some form of movement.

Hope you enjoy these two workouts!

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The Breakfast Recipes!

Breakfast Trifle

I hosted Christmas breakfast at my house last year and I made this Vegan Breakfast Trifle. It was a hit! I made a double version, so two of each layer.

  • Layer One – Youghurt: Coconut Yoghurt combined with Bare Blends Vegan Vanilla and Coconut Protein Powder.
  • Layer Two – Fresh Berries: Blueberries, Goji Berries,l Medjool Dates and Raspberries (Fresh or Frozen is fine).
  • Layer Three – Granola: Granola (you can make your own or simply purchase a store one which has less than 10g of sugar per 100g and is fruit free).

Acai + Raspberry Chia Protein Pudding

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Another great Christmas Day breakfast option. I just love these because they look so beautiful and special.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs. Natural Protein Powder
  • 1/2 Cup of Chia Seeds
  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tbsp. Acai Powder
  • 10 Raspberries
  • 2 Tbsp. Goji Berries

Directions

  1. Combine Protein Powder, Chia Seeds, Coconut Milk and Vanilla Extract in a bowl.
  2. Cover and refrigerate over night or for a minimum of 3 hours.
  3. Spoon pre-prepared Chia mix into two bowls or mugs.
  4. Add a dash of boiling water to the pre-prepared Chia Pod.
  5. Stir through Acai powder in each bowl. Add raspberries and goji berries to top of each bowl.

Chai Chocolate Chia Pod

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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs. Natural Protein Powder
  • 1/2 Cup of Chia Seeds
  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tbsp. Chai Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp. Cacao Powder
  • Raw Cacao Nibs and Star Anise to decorate

Directions

  1. Combine Protein Powder, Chia Seeds, Coconut Milk and Vanilla Extract in a bowl.
  2. Cover and refrigerate over night or for a minimum of 3 hours.
  3. Spoon pre-prepared Chia mix into two bowls or mugs.
  4. Add a dash of boiling water to the pre-prepared Chia Pod.
  5. Stir through the spice mix, cinnamon and cacao powder.  Top with cacao nibs and star anise .

The Salad Recipes!

Salads – Fig and Rocket

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My new favourite salad. I have been making this for every party I have been to this year. It is delicious and filling.

Ingredients

  • 2 + 1/2 Cups of Cooked Brown Rice
  • 1 Cup of Fresh Baby Rocket
  • 3-4 Fresh Figs, diced
  • 1 Avocado, diced
  • 1 Packet of Danish Feta, diced
  • 1/3 Cup of Pistachio Kernals
  • Pomegranate Seeds (optional)
  • Caramelised Balsamic Vinegar for dressing.

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Toss to combine and dress with the balsamic vinegar.

Mango and Avocado Salad

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This pic is our Christmas Day salads from last year. I made the Fig + Rocket Salad without the rice plus a pumpkin and beetroot one. My brother is Vegan, so we made the Mango and Avocado salad without the ham and served it on the side.

Ingredients

  • 2 + 1/2 Cups of  Coral Lettuce
  • 2 Large Mangoes, Diced
  • 1 Avocado, diced
  • 1/2 Walnuts, Roughly Chopped
  • Juice of Half a Lemon
  • 4-5 slices of Leg Ham, Chopped (optional)
  • 1 Tsp. English Mustard
  • 1 Tsp. Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Directions

  1. Combine the lemon juice, english mustard, honey and olive oil in a jar. Seal and shake to combine. Set aside.
  2. Place the lettuce on a large tray or dish.
  3. Top with the mango, avocado, walnuts and ham (if you are using).
  4. Pour over the dressing and serve.

The Sweet Treats! 

Healthyland Chocolate by Alice in Healthyland

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This is an amazing recipe from my beautiful friend + health and wellness blogger Alice in Healthyland. Alice has some incredible recipes on her website, so if you aren’t already a huge fan, I’m sure you will be soon!

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. Organic Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Organic Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tsp. Manuka honey (or 1 Tsp. Maple Syrup or Rice Malt Syrup)
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Cacao (depending on how rich you like it)

Directions

  1. In a saucepan melt the coconut oil, peanut butter and Manuka honey.
  2. Take off the heat and mix in the cacao powder.
  3. Pour into little chocolate moulds and place in the freezer to set.

Variations

  • I love to add Essential Oils.I love 1 drops of Peppermint, Wild Orange or Lavender Essential Oils for a different flavour combination. I use the DoTERRA essential oils.
  • If I am wanting more protein in my diet I also mix in 2 Tbsp. of Vanilla or Chocolate Protein.
  • You can also mix in muesli, nuts, blueberries or goji berries.
  • Take care of your gut by adding in one scoop of @ponoprobiotics Coconut Tummy Powder to the mix to.

Cacao Chocolate Cake by Sarah Nicholls of Nutrition Bliss

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Sarah is a qualified nutritionist and blogger and is also the lovely Mumma behind the instagram account @sarah_and_sonny. The recipes on her website are incredible!! Make sure you check out all the other sweet treats and have your mind blown!

Ingredients

  • 110g Almond Meal
  • 30g Coconut Flour
  • 3 large Tbsp. Raw Cacao
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Tsp. GF baking powder
  • 1+1/4 Cup Almond Milk
  • 3 Tbsp. melted Ghee or Coconut Oil
  • 1+1/4 Cup Sweetener of your choice (Raw Honey, Coconut Syrup etc)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of an 18-centimetre springform cake tin with coconut oil.
  2. In a bowl OR thermomix/blender, mix together the almond meal, coconut flour, cacao powder, sweetener & baking powder.
  3. Melt the coconut oil/ghee
  4. Mix the melted ghee/ coconut oil, eggs and almond milk. Add, all ingredients now, and blend, you want a smooth batter.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. It may need a little longer. If it does, cover with foil to prevent the top from burning.
  6. Leave the cake to rest on a cooling tray.
  7. Decorate with edible flowers or herbs (optional)
  8. Eat with a smile.

 

 


The Drinks! 

I recently discovered the amazing Seedlip Drinks which is the world’s first non-alcoholic spirit which is solving the problem of what to drink when you’re not drinking. Seedlips is sugar free and made with distilled botanicals rather than artificial sweetners (which I love!). There are two flavours available in Australia – Garden 108 and Spice 94.  Both are available online and through David Jones.

Here are two delicious Seedlip Mocktails you can wow your guests with on Christmas Day.

Garden Booch

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Ingredients

  • Seedlip Garden: 50ml
  • Top with Passion Fruit Kombucha (or whatever flavour Kombucha you have available)
  • Fresh Mint
  • Ice

Directions

Pour over Ice

Mr Howard

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Ingredients

  • Seedlip spice
  • Lemon juice
  • Grapefruit juice
  • 15ml sugar syrup
  • 1 star anise

Directions

  1. Add 60ml Seedlip Spice, 20ml lemon juice, 30ml grapefruit Juice, 15ml sugar syrup and 1 star anise to a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and double strain into a serving glass.

 


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