So the festival is upon us. How much fun we will have. What I like to do is make the fun work for me, making me healthier not heavier. It took a long time to learn but now it has just become part of the normal day.
I’m no expert I just do it for fun. I’ve learnt most things for other people. It’s always amazing how many fun ideas you can learn. So I just thought I would pay it forward, share some simple tips, see if they help anyone.
Quality over quantity
Since there is so much food around I often start getting picky. Most of the year I’m a gannet. That’s still true at christmas but I get a lot more tactical. I could just eat a lot. That’s easy to do but I have learnt that when I eat a lot then I don’t really appreciate the actual food as it goes down. I don’t really enjoy the process.
If I am going to get fatter that’s fine I know plenty about losing it later on but I’d rather enjoy the process. Be able to look at each extra inch and remember the fun it represents. My answer is to make each mouthful special. Sometimes by choosing the most expensive or indulgent food but most often its about keeping things interesting and responding to the spur of the moment and embracing variety.
This is the theme running through these tips. Being healthy should be fun. This is how I make it so.
This time of year there are so many different types of food around I play with combining them it is much more fun to eat the same food in different ways. A simple example is mince pies. I love them but having three in a row is enough. I lose the taste for them. But if I vary what I have with them then each time its a different taste and exciting and interesting again. So I have one pie with cream, the other creme fraiche, the next yoghurt, then custard. I might add herbs and spices as well like mint or cinnamon and finally I might even pair it simply with a little fruit like a satsuma or apple.
It totally depends how I feel but each time I can match the food with my mood. Making a simple pie into something wholly indulgent or light and satisfying or whatever I really feel like. Finding food combinations is easy. I just experiment, google and try all sorts of ideas from the cooking books and sites out there. It’s work but it’s fun too once you get the hang of it.
There are lots of ideas out there. for a little inspiration here are some recipes to give you ideas. don’t get hung up on the whole recipe, the concept what makes it fun is what is important
- Jamie Oliver Mince pie recipes
- Marshmallow Cream Hot Chocolate
- Whipped Ricotta Pancakes With Bittersweet Chocolate And Lemon Glaze
- Kid’s Mulled ‘Wine’ Jellies
- Harvest Roast Chicken With Olives, Grapes, And Rosemary
- Snowman Cheese Ball
- Orange And Almond Crumble Christmas Mince Pies
- Spiced Apple Cider
- Apple Snow
- Roast Chicken Recipe (With Lemon & Rosemary Roast Potatoes)
- Mince pie, banana and brandy cream finished with mixed spice.