Festive Fuel: Five Christmas Favourites

Get the nutritional lowdown on your favourite Christmas foods



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Cheese

Benefits: As well as being delicious, cheese contains protein, bone-strengthening calcium and B-vitamins. Unfortunately cheese is also extremely high in saturated fat, so watch your portion size to keep your heart healthy. Government guidelines suggest you stick to a matchbox-sized portion per day.  

Make it healthier: Add goat's or sheep’s cheese to your selection - they are lower in fat than those made from cows’ milk. You can also cut the calorie content by ditching the hunks of bread and complementing rich cheeses with the sharpness of fruit or chutneys. “Instead of having cheese with biscuits, why not have it with sliced apple,” says Henrietta Bailey.    

Detox: “Line up the running shoes and go for a run the day after Christmas to burn off some of those calories,” says Matt Lovell.

Recipe idea: Enjoy a delicious Stilton starter that packs a flavour punch without jaw-dropping calories.

Picture credit: Thomas Northcut/ 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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