A great source of Fibre, popcorn also has a higher level of healthy antioxidants in it than some vegetable and fruit, although how much of this is absorbed by the body is not known. So a handful or two over the festive season is definitely not going to ruin your diet!
Proper dark chocolate, and we are talking a 70-80% coco bar here, contains many health boosting qualities. A good source of Fibre, it can also provide the body with sources of Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese, Potassium, Phosphorus, Selenium, and Zinc! Dark Chocolate is also loaded with a powerful source of anti-oxidants, which in peak cold and flu season can never be a bad thing! Finally it may improve blood flow, blood pressure, lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and improve brain function! All this in a little piece of chocolate, we know which bar we will be reaching for this Christmas day!
Now, I can see all the Turkey lovers already gasping, who doesn't have Turkey for Christmas dinner! Well, if you have beef, then don’t feel too bad helping yourself to a bit of horseradish whist you’re at it! A powerful vegetable, Horseradish contains a very high mineral and nutrient content including Vitamin C, Folate, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, and Manganese. With its very high Vitamin C content, Horseradish helps to boost immune system strength. Packed with anti-oxidants, Glucosinolate is a specific type found in the vegetable which is known to be beneficial in the defence against cancerous growth. Horseradish is also known for improving digestion, bone health, and its high antibacterial qualities. Load us up!
A handy hangover buster, Red Onions are crammed with Vitamin B6 which can help to dilate your blood vessels. Chuck some chunks in with your roast potatoes, they taste amazing too!
Crammed full of antioxidants and a great source of dietary fibre, the humble artichoke is a superfood you need to have on your plate. Aiding in digestion, reduction of cholesterol, liver health, blood pressure, bone health and a great source of Folic Acid, these are just a few of the great benefits that these tasty little hearts can have!
Not a staple of Christmas dinner, but switch your cabbage with this low calorie green saviour, and your body will thank you. High in Iron, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and calcium, Kale is a great food for anyone, but especially those looking to add a healthy vegetable into their meal. Filled with anti oxidants, and anti-inflammatory qualities there’s no doubt that Kale will kick start your post Christmas healthy eating campaign!
The main event. Last year saw over 10 Million turkeys consumed at Christmas. It’s estimated that around 75% of families opt for tradition and serve up this succulent bird. Just how healthy is turkey for a health conscious diet?
Turkey contains a good amount of Protein, needed as we all know to help muscles recover after exercise. Low in both saturated fat and calories, means that compared to other meats, pork, lamb and beef it is considerably healthier. Containing B Vitamins, essential for energy and keeping your red blood cells healthy, selenium, to keep nails and hair healthy and Phosphorus for growth and development of bones it’s a good all rounder and nothing to feel guilty about this festive period!
We would also like to take this opportunity to wish all of our users a very Merry Christmas, and best wishes for a healthy and happy 2017!
Have a great one Gym Freaks!