The only secret to eating well over Christmas is to have an array of healthy snacks always to hand. Aim to buy all your ingredients in the week before Christmas and then prep the weekend before Christmas falls so that you’re never stuck for a healthy option. 

  • Homemade smoothie: Blend 100ms of milk, 2 tbsp natural yoghurt, 1 banana, 150 grams of frozen fruits, 50 grams of blueberries, 1 tbsp chia seeds, ½ tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp goji berries and 1 tsp of honey).  

  • Homemade veg and lentil soup: Low boil onion, carrots and celery with enough stock to cover the vegetables. Separately, cook red lentils with another stock cube for 10-15 minutes on a low boil. Next, blend everything together, add half a cup of milk (or a few tablespoons of cream). 

  • Celery sticks: with peanut or almond butter spread inside (surprisingly tasty & filling!). 

  • Homemade hummus with carrot sticks: Drain 1 can of chickpeas in a sieve (making sure to collect the liquid) and then tip into a food processor, along with 1 tbsp tahini paste, 2 garlic cloves (peeled and chopped) and 3 tbsp Greek yoghurt. Blend, using the leftover chickpea liquid to reach the right consistency. Next, add a good squeeze of lemon juice, blend and refrigerate. 

  • Homemade pesto with wholemeal pasta: Heat a small frying pan over a low heat. Cook 50 g of pine nuts until golden, shaking occasionally. Put into a food processor with a small bunch of basil, 50 g parmesan, 150 ml of olive oil and 2 garlic cloves. Whizz until smooth, then season to taste. 

  • Home popped popcorn: Buying the kernels and popping them at home always tastes better, or else just have pre-packaged bags of your favourite brand at home.  

  • Olives: Treat yourself to the fancy ones in your local supermarket and buy 2-3 tubs so that you have a low-calorie snack on hand – olives are also full of healthy fats which signal to your brain that you are full, so they are a great option. Also, the evidence suggests that a mediterranean diet, which is full of these types of healthy fats, could play a role in helping to manage arthritis symptoms.  

  • A few squares of dark chocolate: Eating dark chocolate with a high cocoa content (70% or above) can deliver a host of antioxidants and minerals that are good for your health. One of the best things about this type of chocolate is that you are less likely to overindulge – most people find only 2-3 squares is enough to get the ‘hit’ they are looking for, whereas the same amount of milk chocolate often doesn’t suffice! 


Worried about what to choose when dining out this Christmas? Read our no-nonsense guide to the best options to go for in our blog here.