Getting ready to entertain this festive season? No one wants to be deprived of all their holiday favourites or feel like the Christmas grinch. Eating well can also be healthy – just remember the basic principles of swapping rich and fatty high GI foods for healthy low GI options.
Even at Christmas time it’s important to try and follow a low GI diet to look after your health. So, whether you just want to keep eating healthy, sustain energy levels or manage a specific health condition, choosing low GI options is the best way to go these holidays.
Here are a few ideas to help celebrate the low GI way, without forgoing the festivities.
Main course options:
- Roast turkey breast, roast ham, roast sweet potato, parsnips, carrots, sweet corn and lower GI potatoes– a traditional feast created with low GI options
- Stuffing made with low GI bread or traditional oat
- Honey and oregano roasted leg of lamb with vegetable roasties
- Pastry-free rice and veggie pie
- Any seafood (avoid deep fried or battered varieties)
Fresh side salads:
- Fresh kale, avocado and pomegranate salad
- Vegetarian pearl couscous with roasted vegetables
- Rice and sweet corn salad with blueberries and pecans
Try these dessert options:
- Baked stuffed apples
- Berry bombs
- Honey roasted pears with chocolate fudge sauced and pecan sprinkle
- Pavlova with equal amounts of light whipped cream and low-fat plain yoghurt, topped with a range of seasonal fresh fruits including sliced berries, kiwi fruit, pear, bananas, grapes and passionfruit
- Cashew nut cream – to serve alongside any dessert
If you’re feeling inspired to develop your own recipe, or make a favourite recipe lower GI, download our recipe guidelines.
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