The Ultimate Performance Christmas Dinner
by UP Fitness December 16, 2016
If you’re in charge of Christmas dinner and you don’t want to go overboard with the indulgence, try these festive recipes for the ultimate healthier Christmas dinner.
We’ve made some simple swaps to keep things clean and put a twist on some classics. If you’re a plant-based eater, we’ve got something here for you too.
This delicious plate of food is made up of the following simple recipes:
Sprouts made delicious! We’ve subbed smoked bacon rashers for turkey bacon, which is seriously high in protein and low calorie but packs the same smoky flavour. The addition of crunchy roasted hazelnuts boosts healthy fats, and pomegranate seeds add an antioxidant hit and a sweet finish.
This stuffing is perfect for gluten-free guests or as a lower-carb alternative. Quinoa contains all the essential amino acids, so pair this with your turkey or chicken for ultimate protein synthesis. Throw in some chopped chestnuts and fresh sage, and you might just have the best stuffing you’ve ever tasted.
Take your high-protein, reduced-carb stuffing. Use it to pack out some free range chicken thighs. Season, roast, serve. Delicious.
Pigs in Blankets – high in saturated fat. Replace all high fat pork with low fat turkey, and you have a cleaner take on this Christmas staple.
A winter favourite – roasted butternut squash and chestnuts. Throw in some finely sliced red onion and a sprinkle of sage and rosemary, and this will be a serious crowd-pleaser.
You can mix and match all of these recipes or just simply replace a few favourites to create your perfect Christmas dinner.
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