Christmas Dinner: What’s The Lowdown?

Christmas Dinner Nutritionals
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Christmas Dinner Nutritionals

We all know the Christmas period is when we eat, drink and be merry. But why can’t we enjoy this indulgent time, but still be at the top of our game? BULK POWDERS™ have decided to give you the lowdown on your Christmas dinner nutritionals, and while trying not to be complete spoil sports, give tips on how to help you think of ways to keep it as healthy as possible, or boost nutrients here and there with some of our products.

What are the macros for your favourite Christmas trimmings?

Food Qty Energy (Kcals) Fat (g) Carbs (g) Protein (g) Fibre (g) Salt (g)
Turkey 1 breast 212 8 0 32 0 0.15
Brussel Sprouts approx. 5 40 0 5 5 5 0.05
Roasted Parsnips approx. 4 456 0 108 8 24 0.06
Roast Potatoes approx. 4-5 512 0 116 12 12 0.06
Pigs in Blankets approx. 3 129 9.3 3.6 7.8 0.3 1.2
Sage & Onion Stuffing 1 serving 60 0.9 11 1.6 1 0.4
Gravy 1 reasonable serving size 24 1 4 1 0 0.06
Cranberry Sauce approx. 1 tbsp 42 0 11 0 0 0.02
Christmas Pudding 1 decent size serving 554 8.1 114 3.8 5.8 0.4

Turkey

High in vitamins B3, B6, as well as selenium, phosphorus and zinc. Turkey is also high in the essential amino acid tryptophan, helping your mood and to get that all important post-dinner nap.

TOP TIPS:

  1. Trim any fat where possible.
  2. Slice the meat into thin slices, giving the appearance of having more..sneaky!

Brussel Sprouts

High in vitamins C, K, as well as being high in fibre to help with your overworked digestive system during the Christmas period.

TOP TIPS:

  1. Boost protein by topping with some chopped nuts, such as Hazelnuts or Walnuts.
  2. Dig in – the more the merrier!

Roasted Parsnips

High in b-complex vitamins to help with energy production, as well as vitamin C to act as an antioxidant when consuming copious* amount of alcohol (*oops we mean moderate..)

TOP TIPS:

  1. Opt for small-medium size parsnips to feel like you’re having more.
  2. Use healthy cooking oil, such as Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.

Roasted Potatoes

Often regarded as a no go, due to their high carb content, potatoes are a brilliant source of vitamin B6 to help keep the metabolism going! They are also high in vitamin C and potassium.

TOP TIPS:

  1. Try Sweet Potatoes as an alternative.
  2. Don’t overdo it on the frying!

Pigs in Blankets

Obviously forgetting the salt and saturated fat content, sausages and bacon are actually a source of iron and vitamin B12, helping to reduce tiredness and fatigue during your busy day of opening presents!

TOP TIPS:

  1. Make your own with leaner bacon.
  2. Drain excess fat away before serving.

Sage & Onion Stuffing

As it’s mainly onions and sage leaves, which are actually a potent antioxidant, stuffing really isn’t all bad! Not forgetting the butter component, but this also means vitamins, minerals and healthy fats.

TOP TIPS:

  1. Try adding our Complete Greens™ in the mix.
  2. Add a portion of chia seeds to boost protein content.

Gravy

Not exactly nutritious, however reasonable levels of vitamin B2, Iron, Selenium and Phosphorus.

TOP TIPS:

  1. Don’t flood your plate with it!
  2. Use Complete Greens™ in the mix to boost nutritional value.

Cranberry Sauce

Majority of shop bought versions will be predominantly sugar, however try making your own healthier version with Dried Cranberries which are high in vitamin C and K as well as being a great source of phytonutrients, boosting your immune system during these cold winter nights.

TOP TIPS:

  1. Don’t overdo it; think a little goes a long way.
  2. Try a ‘no added sugar’ version, using Xylitol.

Christmas Pudding

Packed with mixed fruits, containing a multitude of vitamins and minerals. Extra nuts and spice as well as eggs, can’t be too bad, can it?

TOP TIPS:

  1. Make your own and use extra fruit, such as Dried Apricots.
  2. Make a high protein sauce by heating our Cinnamon Roasted Almond Butter.

Have a Merry Christmas!!

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