Festive Fit !
Christmas is coming !
Eat , Drink and Be Merry – The Pitfield’s Way.
We have some useful and simple tips to help you avoid adding to your waistlines.
Christmas – a time to look forward to more time with our family and friends, a time to share in the spirit of all things festive, a time to indulge in our favorite foods..
All these happenings are delightful – what’s not to love? But we want to show you how you can treat yourself without going crazy with food and drink .
At the start of the New Year we often kick ourselves for going over the top over the festive period..
Were those 20 mince pies, endless Baileys and lord knows how many chocolates worth it? No. Thought not.Physically you can feel sluggish, and psychologically you have the winter blues …Time to get savvy guys. The average person can put on around 6-9lbs over the festive season. That’s a lot!
Those same people often struggle to lose their Christmas weight, finding it difficult to wean their bodies off all that highly addictive fat and sugar.
Guess what – it doesn’t have to be this way! No one wants to be on a ‘diet’ at Christmas do they? Well here’s the good news- the Pitfield’s don’t believe in ‘diets’ … Why? They don’t work. Fact.
We believe in balance. A healthier lifestyle for you and your family. We also believe in fun and enjoyment from food! Life is too short not to eat cake people! However- is there any need for several pieces in one session? (Yes Dad , I am talking to you).
Juggling a family- we’re always striving for that, I’m not sure you ever really find it- but we can certainly achieve balance where food is concerned. Because YOU and only YOU are in control.
If you fancy a cake then why not make a healthier alternative to your favourite cake?
It’ll still contain sugar and fat – but much better sources (that doesn’t mean you can have several pieces!
For example- if you’re going to make chocolate cake – substitute normal flour for coconut flour/quinoa flour/rice flour? Substitute white sugar for coconut sugar/honey or maple syrup? These choices have a lower glycemic index and more nutritional content.
It’s all about making small changes that make a BIG difference.
Using sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes, quinoa sometimes instead of rice (its nutritional/ protein content is much higher than rice), veg noodles instead of regular noodles?
We all like comfort foods in the winter, something like a lasagne is a really simple dish to create a healthier version of- eg. change your pasta sheets for butternut squash sheets, choose lean mince or turkey mince, low fat cheese etc. Its easily done, better digested and tastes equally as delicious .
Avoid using sauces from jars- it’s very simple to make your own pasta sauce, it’s also cheaper and loads healthier. Jars are often packed with sugar and preservatives .
We thought it a good idea to write down some of our top tips for the festive season- keeping you and your family satisfied, happy and healthy!!
*Roast potatoes – use olive oil, NOT goose fat
*Irish coffee – go without cream
*Chocolates – the darker the chocolate the better
*Turkey sandwich – use a wrap not bread
*left over turkey – make a curry from scratch, use coconut oil not ghee, yogurt not cream
*Best drinks? Clear spirits are far better than things like Baileys/Tia Maria/Malibu/cocktails etc.
* Secret ha giver cure? Turmeric! compounds in turmeric have liver- boosting properties!
* Brussell sprouts! Make yourself like them! Full of iron, fibre and vitamin C – one of the best things to ha e on your plate. Fill up on these rather than potatoes!
*Mince pies? Swap these short crust treats for filo pastry parcels instead!
* Nuts? Unsalted!!
* Crisps? Chose popcorn and pretzels instead
* Remember portion control! We often have larger portions this time of year… You don’t need it
* STAY active!
This is key, it’s all too tempting to sit in front of the telly and not move for a week! Don’t get us wrong- rest is VERY important, but zero activity is no good for us physically or mentally- so wrap up and take the family out for some lovely winter walks!
There’s plenty you can do in terms of home work outs too. We’ll be posting videos to help you
Mini Pit- Puds!
These little puds are delicious. They’re quick, easy and cheap to make! The kids will love getting involved too! They’re also gluten and dairy free! Winner!
25g fresh pitted dates – approx 10 – 15 dates depending on their size
Zest from 1 orange
Zest from 1 lemon
250g organic dried apricots, chopped
150 g (1 ½ cups) ground almonds
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
Mango Coconut Custard
1 mango, chopped
1/2 cup coconut yogurt
Juice from ½ orange
To make custard:
Throw all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Serve chilled along side puddings
To make puds:
Combine dates, orange zest, apricots, vanilla, ground almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in a food processor.
Process mixture until it looks like fine crumbs.
Put mixture into a large bowl and add 1 – 2 tablespoons orange juice then mix.
Divide puds into 5-6 small puddings.
Spoon a little coconut dressing on top of each pudding
Arrange onto a serving plate and set aside until needed.
Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.