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Festive treats that will keep you feeling merry all year long

Life / posted 12 months ago / Jayne Cherrington-Cook

Festive treats that will keep you feeling merry all year long

While some Christmas food probably isn’t the healthiest – yes, we’re looking at you roast potatoes and chocolate Yule log – other festive treats are actually pretty good for you. Get tucking into these lovelies for a health hit…

Cranberries

Cranberries are much forgotten for the remainder of the year, but they’re actually a super, superfruit, outranking nearly every fruit and vegetable out there for antioxidant power.  This means they’re great for boosting skin health, so if you’re worried about wrinkles, make sure that the cranberries don’t just come out at Christmas! They’re also full of vitamin C, so are great come Christmas time for helping to shorten the length of nasty colds.

Chocolate

It can help reduces stress, lessen period pains and make you look younger, chocolate really is the food of gods. Unfortunately that giant bar of Toberlone you got in your stocking probably isn’t the best chocolate to eat if you want to harness its many magical properties. Generally, the darker the chocolate, the healthier it is – and you only need a couple of squares a day to harness the goodness.

>> Discover more health benefits of chocolate here

Turkey

Fill you plate with turkey this Christmas Day and you’ll be on your way to perfect health! A rich source of protein, turkey contains iron, zinc, and vitamin C, which are all great energy boosters – especially if you’ve got your period. If PMS strikes during the festive period, it’s turkey that you need to chow down on. It contains the amino acid tryptophan, which produces serotonin, an essential for making you feel happier.

Eating turkey regularly can also help lower cholesterol levels and as it’s a low fat meat, you can chomp away without it adding to your waist-line.

Champagne

Toasting in Christmas morning with a glass of champers is actually not that bad for you. Not only are bubbles less calorific than other alcoholic drinks such as wine, but it can also boost your memory. The grapes used to make the bubbly stuff contain phenolic acid, which can help improve your memory and aid forgetfulness. There’s also some research that shows drinking champagne is good for your heart and circulation, helping to lower blood pressure. Cheers to that!

Christmas pudding

While the added butter brandy may not be so good for you, the traditional Christmas pudding is packed full of goodness. Raisins are full of potassium, which is known to bring down blood pressure, while sultanas are packed with magnesium, which is great at busting period pain.

Finally a good pud contains lots of nuts, which are rich in Vitamin E, which is great for gorgeous skin and hair. Tuck in and glow!

 

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