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Christmas seems to be a day that we all overeat on rich and heavy foods, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many options for some of the traditional foods that we are used to with a twist that will not leave you feeling deflated after already deciding your New Years Get Well Resolution goal only a few days away

To start …………. go for some tasty Canapes

Sugar Snap peas filled prawns with Sweet Chilli and Lime

Crisp Baby Vegetables with Babaganoush

Fresh Oysters with lemonade fruit vinegarette

Rice Paper rolls with (skinless) Bbq Duck (buy one from your nearest chinese bbq shop and char sui sauce

Whole Baked Ham and salad  yep bake it and clove stud it but cover in grain mustard over the usual bourbon and honey or maple syrup glaze. Serve it on a bed of fresh rocket with figs and freshly steamed or bbq asparagus no oil needed

Turkey A seriously healthy option but again its what you serve it with. try making a tasty Thai Turkey Curry just like chicken but easy on the coconut milk and it can be made the day  before with a cucumber yogurt if you want some heat. If you insist on the roast make a quinoa stuffing instead of bread

Roast Vegetables You don’t have to miss out on these babies, however go easy on the spuds, peel sweet potato, pumpkin, beetroot, parsnip, onions and garlic head cut in half and a few baby potato,s in a little olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper and roast until golden

The Grande Finale

Mango and Lime Granita so easy and everybody love mango

Baked Fetta wrapped in vine leaves with fresh herbs

Chewy Meringue with whipped coconut cream and fresh berries

Dark Chocolate and whole orange pudding with Christmas spiced ricotta cheese

Berry Jelly with Champagne sorbet

Do most of the Prep work the day or evening  before so your not slaving away all day

And here is Cheers to a great Christmas day of food that will get you on track, Happy Cooking and remember drink  your favorite in moderation or spritzers or vodka with low sugar mixers and fruit infusions why not add some spiced kumquats to your vodka and soda

If you are serious about a new years resolution program contact me cassandra@womanshealthychef.com for your free consultation, remember 80 percent of weightloss is food related not to mention the beauty and lifestyle benefits of a healthy diet

Red Ladies Velvet sexy christmas holiday costume

Red Ladies Velvet sexy christmas holiday costume (Photo credit: xubangwen)

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Cass with beach in backroundIn an era where resolutions are thrown around fairly easily with limited commitment NOW is your opportunity to stop and truly start fresh for 2014. As the greatest advocate for all things healthy my New Year’s tips are as follows.

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1. Make a commitment to follow what you commit too

2. Make small sustainable changes, a glass of warm water and lemon juice first thing to kick start your liver, if you are a coffee drinker and take sugar, remove the sugar.

3. Get some true balance in life, rest and relaxation are no longer a benefit they are mandatory to having a healthy mind and body

4. A walk each day is better than a huge work out once a week; pick a beach, national park, mountain or coffee strip on the coast to mix it up

5. Above all keep the food balance in check, if it is normally fried make it grilled, if its wine each day try making it a spritzer (with soda). Reduce your red meat intake and ensure you have oily fish at least twice a week. Keep the fruit and vegetables to five serves a day it really is not hard. If dessert is your must have, try cutting it back to twice a week instead of every day. Consider fruit based desserts and treats over refined sugar

6. If you smoke just bloody stop you cannot imagine the damage it does to not only you but to those you leave behind when you’re dead. Sounds dramatic see the statistics.

7.Take control of your garden, we all have a pot with something in it, try the addition of fresh herbs in your diet and maybe the odd pot or two with salad greens, mix it up nasturtium, rocket, watercress, purslane are all good It will not only assist in relaxing you but also helps with the budget.

8. Forget the nightly news and listen to some passive music, it truly helps with the relaxing mode. Let’s face it we live in heaven lets at least try and enjoy it. Happy New Year.

Cassandra Austin

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