Some of us have worked all year to get that summer bod ready for the beach; why ruin your progress by eating food that will only make you gain all that weight again? Festive meals can be indulgent and healthy at the same time. We are here to make sure that you enjoy that Christmas feast without putting on extra pounds. Here are a few recipes to help you stay healthy this festive season. 

 

1. Lentil Bolognese Spaghetti

A meal can be hearty and good for your health too. Try making a lentil bolognese spaghetti for Christmas lunch. All you need is lentils, lean beef and tomatoes. You can use spaghetti or fettuccine, and if you're trying to go the extra healthy mile, you can substitute the pasta with baby marrow, which can be spiralled to look like spaghetti. 

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2. Pomegranate-Honey Glazed Chicken and Squash

Nothing screams festive like an array of fruit and veggies on a plate. For another light lunch, have a pomegranate honey-glazed chicken and serve it with squash. Besides the fact that this meal is delicious, the colours will make your plate look like a work of culinary art. 

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3. Quick Sticks Cauliflower Soup

It's not uncommon to get a bit peckish while you're preparing the big Christmas meal. Why not treat yourself to a tasty cauliflower soup? The soup will only take you 20 minutes to prepare. Enjoy creamy goodness while you wait for that gammon to be roasted to perfection. 

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4. Roasted Salmon with Crispy Potatoes and Broccoli

Just because it's the festive season, it doesn't mean you only have to eat chicken, turkey, pork or gammon. Why not roast some salmon for your pescatarian auntie. 

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5. Roast Duck with Honey Spice Glaze

Ain't nothing like good ol' duck to put one in a festive mood. Not only is it healthy, but it's also delectable as well! Serve it with a rocket, tomatoes and feta salad, and sweet potatoes. It's a filling meal without the sleepiness. 

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