Festive Fuel: Five Christmas Favourites

Get the nutritional lowdown on your favourite Christmas foods



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Roast potatoes

Benefits: Christmas dinner just wouldn’t be the same without those crispy skins bursting with moreish soft potato. Admittedly, they aren’t the healthiest offering at the festive feast but roast potatoes do offer some nutrients that’ll help with your running. As well as being packed with carbohydrates, they offer vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Make it healthier: Many people love the flavor of roasties cooked in generous amounts of goose fat. However, there are healthier and equally flavoursome options. Henrietta Bailey recommends lightly coating the potatoes with olive oil and adding some fresh rosemary, which also offers antioxidant properties. Another top tip is to keep the potato skins on to preserve more of their nutrients.

Detox: After scoffing roast potatoes on Christmas Day, make the most of your carb intake – and burn off some of those calories - on a Boxing Day run.

Recipe idea: Use any leftover roasties in our quick, tasty Boxing Day frittata recipe.

Picture credit: William Reavell/ Getty Images


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"Government guidelines suggest you stick to a matchbox-sized portion per day."

Which size of matchbox? The little boxes are tiny - I'd want more cheese than that! - whereas the larger boxes are pretty big - I love my cheese but not sure I would want a lump that size!


Posted: 16/12/2011 at 06:47

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