Festivities always cause a dilemma in terms of what to eat, what to avoid and how much to eat. It’s seldom hard to resist good food. But if you have health goals to adhere to, and are looking for something nutritive, we’ve got you covered! Here are 4 healthy recipes for Christmas and New Year that you can try. They are easy to cook, delicious and absolutely healthy!
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4 Healthy Recipes For Christmas & New Year
1. Gourmet Almond Eyes (Almond Cookies)
Whether it is for someone you love, for your granny or your family and friends, these nutritious almond, jam-filled cookie bites will prove to your loved ones how much you care about them and their health.
Ingredients (For about 40 cookies)
- 1/4 organic lemon
- 200g (8 oz) flour
- 150g (6 oz) butter
- 100g (4 oz) sugar
- 1/2 pack vanilla sugar
- 1 egg
- 100g (4 oz) ground almonds
- 175g (7 oz) jam
- Grate the lemon rind. Knead it with flour, butter, sugar, vanilla sugar, the egg and the almonds to form a smooth dough.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (350°F, gas 4). Roll out the dough thinly in portions between two sheets of grease-proof paper. Cut out the biscuits. Cut out holes in the center of half of them. Bake on a baking tray lined with grease-proof paper for about 12 minutes.
- After they cool off, spread jam (e.g. strawberry jam) on those without holes. Place the biscuits with the holes on top. Optionally, sprinkle with icing sugar.
Preparation: 45 minutes
Baking: 12 minutes
Calories per cookie: 60 kcal
2. Christmas Apple Cake
Eating an apple a day in winter provides many benefits for our health. The yellowish flesh in nectarines is rich in bioflavonoids, especially carotenoids. These pigments are antioxidants that can help protect you against cancer and other diseases by reducing the cellular damage that is caused when the body burns oxygen. The antioxidant in nectarine which includes vitamin A, vitamin C and beta-carotene can prevent cancer and oral cancer.
Apple also helps one reduce weight – nectarines are low in calorie fruit, which makes it a perfect food for people who want to lose weight. It contains fewer calories with no saturated fat, fibers in apples suppress hunger and aids in weight loss.
If you are thinking what to make this Christmas and for your New Year’s Eve party, here is a recipe for Apple Cake that is moist and yummy with a rich sweet butter sauce.
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 chopped walnuts
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 medium tart apples, peeled and grated.
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 egg
- In a mixing bowl put cream, butter and sugar and then beat in an egg and vanilla.
- Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
- Stir in apples and walnuts. Pour into a greased 8-inch square baking dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in sugars and cream.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
- Reduce heat and keep it on simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over warm cake.
3. Chicken and Bell Pepper Tomato Chilli Stir Fry
- Chicken breast – 2
- Salt and pepper – 1
- Cake flour – 1
- Red chilli pepper – 1
- Vegetable oil – 2 Tsp
- Vinegar- 1 tbsp
- Sweet chilli sauce – 2 tbsp
- Ketchup – 2 tbsp
- Bell pepper
- Chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces and sprinkle with salt, pepper and flour.
- Coat a frying pan with vegetable oil, add the red chilli pepper and fry the chicken until golden.
- Add the vinegar and steam the chicken.
- Chop the bell peppers into 2 cm pieces, add to the frying pan and fry.
- Season with the sweet chilli sauce and ketchup.
Benefits of Chicken: Chicken is a great low-fat source of protein and the B vitamin niacin. Protein is often used in cutting diets and it’s good source of lean protein
4. Christmas Baked Brown Rice Pudding
Rice pudding is for those who love homemade food as it has the appeal of homemade comfort food!
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups milk
- 3 beaten eggs
- 1/3 cups raisins
- 1 cup uncooked brown rice
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Place uncooked rice in a 3-quart saucepan, and add water. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, combine beaten eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix well.
- Stir in rice and raisins.
- Pour into a baking dish. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes; stir pudding and sprinkle with nutmeg.
- Bake for an additional 30 minutes or until a knife inserted halfway between the edge and the center comes out clean.
- Enjoy your warm pudding.
Servings per Recipe: 11
Benefits of brown rice:
- It lowers the risk of developing diabetes
- It’s high in fiber
- It’s a good source of magnesium and selenium
- It can prevent weight gain
- It can lower cholesterol
- It offers many cardiovascular benefits
- It reduces the risk of childhood asthma
- It promotes bone health.
And that’s all! Do try these healthy recipes for Christmas and New Year’s and share your pictures with us on social media by tagging GOQii. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. For more healthy recipes, check out Healthy Reads or ask a GOQii Coach by subscribing for Personalised Health Coaching here: https://goqiiapp.page.link/bsr
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