‘Mulled wine’ smoothie

Mulled wine smoothie landscape

It’s been a while since I posted a new smoothie recipe.

They’re amazing for packing nutrients into your body at the start of the day – fill them up with fruit and large handfuls of veg and you’ve got a delicious healthy treat to fuel your body with at breakfast.

So, knowing the inevitable spread of overindulgence that awaits us all tomorrow (not that I’m complaining at all!), I thought I’d create a seasonal smoothie treat to fuel the body with on Christmas morning.

Introducing my ‘mulled wine’ smoothie!

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Healthier mince pies with crumble topping

Healthy mince pies

When it comes to Christmas food, I’m obsessed with mince pies.

They come a very close second to marzipan, which is why I was excited to make these almond flour mince pies with homemade filling and an almond flour crumble topping.

Not only do they replicate the delicious almond taste of marzipan, they contain zero refined sugar, so they’re actually a version of healthier mince pies – amazing!

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Sweet potato goat’s cheese mash

Sweet potato mash

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Christmas is the only time when I have an excuse to eat twice as much potato for dinner!

I love my roasties, and I love my mash, but I’m sure that both are the main players in the food coma I annually find myself in following a good Christmas dinner.

So, why not replace traditional mashed potato with a slightly lighter sweet potato mash? (more…)

Christmas vegetables: broccoli, pine nuts and green beans

Brighten-me-up bean and broccoli salad

Let me introduce you to an oft neglected aspect of the Christmas Day dinner – the Christmas vegetables.

In my opinion, the veg part of the traditional turkey table gets a pretty bad rep. They’re usually blandly boiled or roasted – and anything green is automatically out (no one ever wants to eat more sprouts than they need to!) Then there’s the potato overload. I can’t think of any other time of year when I wouldn’t feel guilty about eating double potatoes, but at Christmas I always go for a good helping of roasted and mashed!

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