Anke van Rooyen
Everyone enjoys the holidays but oh, binging on all those lovely eats are bound to spoil your New Year. Here are some good eating plan ideas to make your holiday truly festive. Eat as much as you like without gaining one gram!
Starting off right wins you half the battle, especially because breakfast is the most important meal of your day:
- A variety of fruit – sliced or blended to a fresh smoothie – is always a good choice to kick-start the day.
- For those who prefer a warm breakfast, a bowl of oatmeal or a boiled egg and salad is a good idea.
- To make both the smoothie and the oatmeal a bit more exciting and heighten nutritional value, you could add sunflower or sesame seeds, as well as raisins, or a teaspoon superfood powder such as camu. A squeezed orange is a good substitute for milk or bought juice.
- Also remember the oil capsules and probiotics as well as the glass of barley grass, your green power for the day.
Just something light between breakfast and lunch keeps the blood sugar constant, e.g.:
- Nuts and raisins or sulphur-free dried fruit, e.g. dates.
- If you had fruit for breakfast, a boiled egg and salad could now be enjoyed or an omelette with mushrooms, onions and tomatoes, prepared with a bit of odourless coconut oil.
LUNCH AND SUPPER
Some people prefer their main meal in the afternoon and others prefer it in the evening.
We therefore call it the “light meal” and the “main meal”.
- Salad, vegetables and protein, e.g. eggs or fish. Always try to eat more salad and less of the other food.
- Rice cakes or Matzos, topped with different spreads, e.g. avocado pear, honey, fish paste, pate or Marmite can work, or sliced tomatoes and fried onions with mushrooms.
- Cooked food, e.g. vegetables (or roasted in odourless coconut oil, or steamed) flavoured with two dessert spoons olive oil and mixed herbs, brown rice and soaked lentils, sauce made from a mixture of fried tomatoes, onions, garlic, curry and herbs. Any tasty vegetables. Use substitutes for sugar and butter. If butternut is baked whole in the oven, it is naturally sweet and does not need any sweetener, and is moist as well. Learn to discover new tastes.
- Meat or fish baked in the oven (in a closed dish) is a healthier option than frying, roasting or baking in oil. Always remember that starch and protein should not be eaten together in the same meal, to keep the digestive system healthy.
WHAT ABOUT BARBEQUES, SUN AND SEA?
Roast vegetables such as filled squash; mushrooms filled with garlic and spread with coconut oil; mealies, etc. Meat can be roasted lightly and then be baked further in the oven … or just turn a blind eye and have a barbeque now and then for the good of the soul!
WHAT ABOUT EATING OUT?
Choose the healthiest options with the least add-ons. Watch out for food fried in oil. Try a tasty pizza without cheese or with a touch of feta cheese for a change.
Enjoy your healthy holiday!
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