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Wendys Way To Health by Wendy Hodge - 1w ago

Easy egg muffins

These easy egg muffins are perfect to make as part of your weekend meal prep. I often cook them on Sunday morning, so I can have a couple for breakfast and then freeze the rest for later.

They’re not only great for breakfast, but also as a quick anytime snack, before or after a workout.

If you don’t have time for breakfast, you can easily grab a couple of these to take with you on the go.

I like to keep them simple. I put bacon, onion, capsicum (bell pepper) and tomato in my muffins. Then I usually crumble some feta over the top, just before they go in the oven. 

  • You might also like to try these SAVOURY MUFFINS – my healthier take on traditional style cheese and bacon muffins.
  • They go perfectly with soup like my BROCCOLI & TOMATO SOUP for an easy weekend lunch.
  • This recipe will make 12 regular size muffins or 6 large muffins.
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EASY EGG MUFFINS

These egg muffins are a quick, easy and healthy breakfast at home, or on the run.

  • 8 eggs
  • 4 medium rashers lean bacon, cooked & diced
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • ½ red onion
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 cup spinach, roughly chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
Optional
  • Feta cheese to crumble on top
  1. Preheat oven to 180℃ and grease muffin tray.
  2. Cook the bacon, dice and set aside.

  3. While the bacon’s cooking, chop the vegetables.

  4. Whisk the eggs with the salt, pepper and mixed herbs.

  5. Add all of the other ingredients into the egg mixture, except the feta.

  6. Spoon evenly into the muffin tin and crumble feta over the top.

  7. Bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes, until golden brown on top.

  8. Once cooled, store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Add a little milk or water if needed to “top up” the muffin holes.

**NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION IS ESTIMATED AND SHOULD ONLY BE USED AS A GUIDE. 

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Easy chocolate truffles

These rich, indulgent truffles look and taste amazing, and believe it or not, they’re not as tricky to make as you might think. Coating them in melted chocolate at the end is probably as difficult as it gets. Hence why I’ve called them ‘easy chocolate truffles.’

They are perfect as a special occasion kind of treat – think Valentine’s Day, Christmas or a birthday gift. I think giving a home made gift like these truffles makes the recipient feel special too.

This chocolate truffles recipe is a bit different from my usual “healthier versions” type of recipe. But you know I believe in moderation and that food shouldn’t be labelled as “good” or “bad.” There are some foods you should eat more of, and some that you should eat less often.

I believe that when you do indulge, you should enjoy it without any feelings of guilt or remorse. Incorporating treats into your meal planning is a good strategy for staying in control. If you feel like you go overboard too often, then read this article for my best tips on DEALING WITH TEMPTATION.  

It’s also important to use really good quality ingredients, especially when it comes to chocolate. Cheap chocolate usually contains less cacao powder, more sugar and more artificial additives.

So when you make these truffles, please us really good quality dark chocolate, that is at least 70% cocoa. Read more about why that’s important in my MAKE YOUR OWN HEALTHY CHOCOLATE post. 

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EASY CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Make these chocolate truffles as an indulgent treat for your loved ones at Christmas or spoil that special someone on Valentine’s Day.
  • 200 g dark chocolate, chopped (minimum 70% cocoa)
  • 150 ml double cream
Filling
  • Orange rind, chopped nuts, dried fruit, your favourite liqueur, such as Cointreau – whatever you would like in your truffle centres
  • Cocoa or cacao powder, dessicated coconut, or extra melted dark chocolate for dusting/coating
  1. Break the chocolate into small pieces and combine with the cream in a medium sized bowl. Heat over a saucepan of simmering water. Keep the heat low and stir until the chocolate is completely melted and you have a smooth mixture.

  2. Remove from the heat, stir in your desired filling such as chopped nuts, or orange rind and Cointreau.

  3. Cover the bowl with cling film and place in the fridge for 30-60 minutes, until the mixture is firm, but not completely set.

  4. Remove from the fridge and roll into balls. Place on a tray lined with baking paper and put the truffles back into the fridge for another hour.

  5. Coat the truffles by rolling in dessicated coconut, cocoa powder or melted chocolate and put back in the fridge for 2-3 hours to set.

This recipe will make 10-12 truffles, depending on size.
 
I don’t think it matters if they’re not all exactly the same size or perfectly round – that’s the beauty of them being truly hand made.

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Strawberry coconut muffins

If you love fruit muffins, especially strawberry muffins, then you have to try my healthier strawberry coconut muffins!

They’re made with the goodness of wholesome ingredients like oat flour, almond meal, yoghurt, strawberries and coconut.

I like to sweeten my muffins with honey or pure maple syrup, as I can use less than I would with white sugar. And they blend beautifully with the fruit for a naturally sweet flavour.

Of course you could use any berry to make these delicious muffins. I just think that strawberries and coconut are a flavour match made in heaven!

I recommend using coconut yoghurt to enhance the coconut flavour of these muffins. But Greek yoghurt will work fine too, if that’s what you prefer.

You can use fresh or frozen strawberries. I love these strawberry muffins for breakfast, or as a post workout treat.

Don’t eat eggs? There are lots of substitutes you can use. I like the recommendations in this VEGAN SHOPPING LIST

You can always sprinkle chopped nuts on top of your muffins for some extra crunch.

Why not make a batch of these muffins as part of your weekend meal prep? Keep them in the freezer for healthy breakfasts or snacks whenever you need them.

Don’t limit yourself to just strawberry muffins or even just fruit muffins though, make sure you try these other healthier muffin recipes too:

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STRAWBERRY COCONUT MUFFINS

These delicious strawberry coconut muffins are a healthier breakfast or snack option.

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten*
  • ½ cup coconut or Greek yoghurt
  • ½ cup milk of your choice
  • 1 punnet strawberries, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 180℃.
  2. Place liners in a muffin pan, or lightly grease the pan and set aside.
  3. If you’re using flax seed or chia eggs, mix according to instructions and set aside.

  4. In a large bowl, mix together the almond meal, flour, coconut, baking powder and salt.

  5. Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over a low heat, and allow to cool slightly while preparing other wet ingredients.

  6. In a medium sized bowl, lightly whisk the eggs and then add the honey, yoghurt, milk and vanilla. Pour in the coconut oil and continue to gently whisk until all wet ingredients are well mixed.

  7. Slowly fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, until just combined.

  8. Gently fold in the strawberries.

  9. Divide the batter evenly among baking cups, filling to about ¾ full.

  10. Bake for 15-20  minutes, or until the tops of the muffins are golden brown.

  11. After removing from the oven, allow to rest for 5 minutes and then cool on a rack.

These muffins can easily be made vegan. Just use an egg substitute such as flax seed, or chia seeds.

If you use nut milk you may need to use a little bit less. Start with ¼ cup and add more if necessary – you don’t want your batter to be too runny.

Coconut yoghurt will add to the coconut flavour of these muffins, but Greek yoghurt will work really well too.

**NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION IS ESTIMATED AND SHOULD ONLY BE USED AS A GUIDE. 

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Banana and date porridge

If you love bananas and dates, then I guarantee you’ll love this banana and date porridge. The banana and dates give an incredible, natural sweetness to plain porridge that you have to taste to believe. 

As you’ll know from my earlier porridge recipes, I often like to add coconut milk for a rich, sweet creaminess. This recipe doesn’t need the coconut milk though.

I do think that oats are best cooked in the traditional style, i.e. in water, on the stovetop, for a couple of reasons.

I like to use whole oats because they’re less processed than the quick oats you can cook in the microwave. Also, cooking porridge in the microwave can be messy if they overflow. 

This recipe only takes 15 minutes in total, so it definitely qualifies as a quick and healthy breakfast. And with only half a banana and one date mixed into the porridge, that’s roughly one serving of fruit.

It’s up to you what other fruit, if any you use as toppings. If you’re in a hurry, just use the rest of the banana and a handful of your favourite nuts.

 

 

 

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BANANA AND DATE PORRIDGE

The combination of banana and date make this porridge naturally and deliciously sweet.

  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ banana, mashed
  • 1 date, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Optional toppings
  • fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, etc
  1. Bring the oats and water to boil in a small saucepan. Simmer for about 5 minutes, until most of the water has been absorbed.

  2. While the oats are cooking, mash the banana and chop the date.

  3. Add the banana, date, cinnamon and vanilla to the porridge and simmer for another 5 minutes.

  4. Pour into a bowl and top with the rest of the banana and a handful of walnuts.

I also like to top mine with fresh mango or strawberries.

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Wendys Way To Health by Wendy Hodge - 1w ago

HIIT run workouts: interval #1

If you love to run, as I do, then I think you’ll enjoy this new workout series I’m calling HIIT Run Workouts. You’re probably always on the lookout for new ways to switch things up and keep your runs interesting. Variety is really important to keep your workouts fresh and inspiring. To kick off this simple and effective HIIT run workout series, I’ve combined running with some simple, classic bodyweight exercises. The beauty of this workout is that it can be done anywhere: at home, at your favourite running spot like the beach, or at the gym.

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The best exercise for older women

These are the two questions I get asked most often about exercise. What’s the most effective exercise for weight loss? And, what is the best type of exercise for older women? The answer I always give is that the best exercise for any goal is the right combination that works for YOU! That’s not a copout, it’s simply the truth. A lot of experts will tell you that you have to change things up once you’re over 40, or over 50. There’s a common belief that what used to work for you won’t work anymore, now that you’ve reached a “certain age”.

The thing is, you should always be changing and evolving your workouts if you want to make progress, no matter how old you are.

Keep it simple, with plenty of variety

As everyone in the Wendy’s Way community knows, I’m a big believer in keeping things as simple as possible, and exercise is no different. Don’t over complicate it, if you don’t need to! Yes, strength training is important, but having some aerobic fitness is helpful too. Flexibility is also pretty handy. The most important thing tho, is to find a combination of activities that you enjoy doing.

The bottom line is: if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t keep doing it and consistency is the key to results.
Need some help with motivation?

Most of us struggle with motivation from time to time, it’s pretty normal. 

  • I also run regular exercise challenges in my FB group to help the members stay motivated and consistent. You can join us here: WENDY’S WAY COMMUNITY.

 
So I hope you try this simple HIIT run workout. Make sure you pop over to Facebook and let me know if you do!

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Easy green smoothie

If you haven’t jumped on the green smoothie train yet, but you’re keen to try one, this easy green smoothie recipe is the one for you! 

I don’t think I need to tell you that smoothies, especially green smoothies, are a great way to get some extra vegetables into your diet. Most of us don’t eat enough veggies, especially greens, so if you can mix them into a delicious tasting smoothie, it’s always a big win.

Smoothies that you buy can be very high in sugar, so that’s another great reason to make your own and be in control of the ingredients.

This really is the easiest ever green smoothie

This simple recipe is the first green smoothie I ever tried and I love it as a post exercise meal with a boiled egg or two and a handful of nuts.

This easy green smoothie only takes a few minutes to roughly chop the ingredients and then blend. It’s worth taking an extra minute to blend the spinach and water first, then add the fruit. You’ll get a lovely creamy consistency.

 What you’ll need to make it:
  • a high speed blender
  • spinach
  • banana
  • mango
  • raspberries
  • water

Once you’ve got this green smoothie down pat, play around with different fruit combos and you’ll soon find some favourites.

I always recommend starting with spinach as your ‘green’ ingredient, as the flavour is so mild, all you taste is the fruit.
You can also use cucumber, celery, parsley, mint, lettuce, broccoli, kale and cauliflower is becoming popular (although it’s not technically ‘green.’)

Check out my TOP 5 FAVOURITE SMOOTHIES & SHAKES in this post and let me know which one you like best! Tag me @wendyswaytohealth and use the hashtag #wendyswaytohealth on Instagram.

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EASY GREEN SMOOTHIE

This really is the easiest green smoothie ever. 5 minutes to make. Delicious and nutritious. 

  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • ½ mango, chopped
  • ½ banana fresh or frozen, chopped
  • ½ cup frozen raspberries
  • ¼ cup water
  • ice cubes, if desired
  1. Add the spinach & water to a blender and whiz for for a few seconds.

  2. Add the mango, banana & raspberries and blend again for 15-20 seconds, until smooth.

  3. Enjoy!

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Turmeric scrambled eggs with veggies

These turmeric scrambled eggs are a great way to super charge “normal” scrambled eggs with an extra anti oxidant boost.

I’m sure you’ve heard about the health benefits of consuming turmeric, although you might be wondering how to add it into your diet.

I think turmeric goes really well with eggs, any way you like to cook them. Just remember to also add some pepper to help with absorption of the turmeric. Try sprinkling some on top of your fried eggs, or boiled eggs too.

I also love to sprinkle turmeric and smoked paprika, salt & pepper over veggies when I bake them.

This turmeric scrambled eggs recipe has some spinach and tomatoes added as well, so you’ll get an extra hit of veggies too. 

  Read more about the benefits and uses of turmeric in this post: THE AMAZING BENEFITS OF TURMERIC  

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TURMERIC SCRAMBLED EGGS

Give your scrambled eggs a healthy boost with some turmeric and extra veggies.

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 large handful spinach
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  1. Whisk the eggs, turmeric, salt & pepper together in a medium bowl and set aside.

  2. Heat the coconut oil in a small frypan and cook the tomato for 2-3 minutes, until soft.

  3. Add the spinach and continue cooking for another minute or two. Set aside.

  4. Melt the butter in a small non stick saucepan and add the egg mixture.

  5. Cook over a low heat, keeping the eggs moving by pushing side to side across the pan with a spatula.

  6. When the eggs are almost done, add the spinach & tomato.

  7. Finish cooking and serve immediately.

**NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION IS ESTIMATED AND SHOULD ONLY BE USED AS A GUIDE. 

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For another healthy and delicious weekend breakfast, try my EASY WEEKEND PANCAKES recipe. These pancakes are a great tasting, healthy variation of a traditional favourite. And they’re quick and easy to whip up too!

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Forever Fierce Day 2018

There’s no doubt that midlife for baby boomers and Gen Xers is vastly different than it was for previous generations. Midlife these days is the beginning of an exciting new phase of life and the Forever Fierce women are here to show just how cool that can be.

Once again, these pioneering generations are paving the way. We have a lot of living to do still and we deserve to be seen as the beautiful, intelligent, strong, kind, caring, loving, fierce women that we are. Age is irrelevant!

I’ve been blessed to be part of this movement from the beginning. It all started one year ago today, with the inspiration of our founder, Catherine Grace O’Connell. You can read about it here: The Fierce 50.

It’s been an amazing year and I’m so proud to be part of the Forever Fierce team. The message aligns so well with my philosophy of helping midlife women to create a healthy lifestyle and be confident and happy in their own skin.

For me, being fierce means being true to myself and having the courage to stand up for what I believe in. It’s not always easy to ‘find your voice.’ And sometimes you may wonder if it’s even worth bothering, because who’s listening anyway? 

That’s why this year’s campaign is about sharing the voices of everyday women who don’t necessarily have a ‘platform.’ Forever Fierce Day is a celebration of all of us, from all walks of life: because we all matter and we all deserve to be heard.  

Below I have some of the wonderful women who enrich my life every day, sharing what it means to them to be FIERCE at midlife. You can read more amazing stories by visiting this page: Forever Fierce Day.

Amanda, 54, Perth, WA, Australia.

When you get to midlife your life seems to come to a grinding halt. I found I lost myself, didn’t know what I wanted, what direction to take, where I fitted in. Your kids are off your hands and now its just the two of you. You have to take a step back and look at your life and figure out where to from here. What do I really want to achieve in the next phase of life.

For me it was looking at my health and exercise and getting into a routine of eating regular healthy meals, smaller portions. Enjoying life and stepping out of my comfort zone and just doing and achieving things I thought I never could. You really have to work at it. Some days you can just get into a rut, our bodies change, our mindset changes.
These things  are big to cope with when you are just so used to cruising through life and going on about normal day to day things. We tend to get more emotional about things, little things are big in our eyes. We tend to be more sensitive and irritable than we normally would be. Our hormones just take over and take control. I now can understand what a midlife crisis is all about. As it is a crisis as my world just got turned upside down. Things are different and now – I am in a new direction and path.

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking”

Debby, 56, Queensland, Australia.

I am proud to be the woman I have become. I’m a wife, a Mum, a grandmother, work full time and awesome friend. Here in my midlife I am happy where I am, I’m healthy and I enjoy my life. I don’t let anyone push me around or force me to do anything I don’t want to do. I make my own choices and think it’s my time to shine. I’m empowered by my circle of friends who are all fierce women in their midlife. I love the woman I am now and will continue to grow, improve and enjoy each and every day.

Colleen, 51, Texas, USA.

Confident is definitely a word for midlife…

We are more set in our ways, we know what we want. We know what’s important with ideas and giving up bad habits. It’s the best chance to become the real u. Transition happens; we now can anticipate potential pitfalls and know how to handle them. We are more maturely prepared to take on anything.
We integrate old passions: music, art, careers; we then honor our creative side and finish what we started …. in midlife the idealistic person is gone and a more cautious one emerges …. we are more healthy, more active and feeling our best … we can take on the world …. the little things in life really make the biggest impact on us and we no longer feel the need to be accepted by others because we know our beauty lies within.
We love ourselves, our bodies and are honestly happy. Myself personally, all my relationships with family and friends are stronger at this point in life which makes us stronger, wiser and fierce – midlife really is a wonderful thing.

Cherie, 47, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

I’m not sure how, but somehow all of a sudden I ended up here in mid-life! I’ve been waiting for the “crisis” to hit but so far so good and if anything, I dont think the dreaded “mid-life crisis” will ever hit me as I’m more in control, confident and happier than I ever have been. I have a great job, an Admin business, a beautiful husband, many friends…. some have carried through from my younger life and I’ve made many more along the way, so there’s so much to be grateful for.

This mid-life thing is actually proving to be fabulous, I know who I am and where I’m heading and I would never want to turn back the clock. I’m fiercer than ever and wish my younger self could have known that such great things were ahead.

Diane, 70, Corrimal, NSW, Australia.

I do agree that women can feel invisible as they age and I think times are really changing as far as male/female roles go. Women being judged on appearance and how productive they are has a lot to do with this. In days gone by men were seen as suave and sophisticated as they aged and women faded into the background not giving themselves as much consideration and care as others. Our upbringing can play a big part also. Keeping active and open minded has helped me as I have gotten older.  
Because I have gone to gyms and participated in group sessions I have mingled with many who have been the same age as my children and the majority have made me feel very welcome and I have responded to this and the others I now just ignore. I was one who chose to put my family first and looked after my grandchildren to help out but it was my choice and I loved it. However I did work part time as well, again my choice. I am still learning to be more confident and have more self belief and I think I can learn from both older and younger people. Respect across the board is my motto, it is something that is earned from attitude towards others. Give to others what you would like in return.
 

Tina, 54, Jackson, TN, USA.

If you think back to our Grandmothers, you have to admit that this generation of mid lifers is not the same. We ARE fiercer! We are stronger, we speak our minds, we will not back down from a challenge and we wear blue jeans and t-shirts. I love being a mid lifer! I joined Instagram two years ago to keep me accountable on my weight loss journey and to make sure that I get to the gym. Little did I know, there is so many women out there just like me!

I love to lift weights and run (not fast) and kickboxing, and no you won’t get big like Arnold Schwarzenegger, it’s physically impossible. When we get older we lose bone density and muscle. Working out and weight lifting will help maintain bone and muscle. Just get out there and move!!!

Jo, 46, Wollongong, NSW, Australia.

FIERCE in midlife – great question!
 
Life is tough , life is busy, life is a struggle.
Life is happy, life is rich with love, life is fantastic.
Everyday it changes.
 
Midlife is somewhere I never thought I would get a few years ago. A double lung transplant gave me that chance.
I am FIERCE because I made it.
I am FIERCE because I was determined.
I am FIERCE because I had a life I didn’t want to give up on.

Today I take no day for granted. I love, laugh, smile and just breathe it all in.

“A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.”

Cheers to all the fabulous, fierce midlife women around the world as we stand up to be counted!

How You Can Join the Celebration

Read more stories from women around the world here: Forever Fierce Day.

Spread the word by sharing this post on your favourite social media platform and tell us what it means to YOU to be fierce.  

Join the conversation in the Facebook group, Forever Fierce: The Midlife Revolution. 

Attend the special Forever Fierce Day live event. Get the details and register here: Live Webinar.

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Mango ice cream pops 

I know pretty much everyone loves ice cream, because it’s such a delicious treat! And these mango ice cream pops are delicious and healthy.

While I do occasionally buy ice cream as an indulgence, most of the time these days I prefer to make my own. I know exactly what’s in it, so I enjoy it even more!

And why wouldn’t you make your own, like these ice cream pops? It’s so easy, just 3 basic ingredients, and they taste so darn good!

All you need to do is blend up the mango pulp with double (heavy) cream and a little bit of honey or maple syrup – that’s it.

Or use yoghurt instead of cream for an even healthier ice cream.

Swap out the mango and try these strawberries and cream popsicles for a change.

All you need to do is blend 2 cups of strawberries with a tablespoon of honey. Then layer the fruit pulp with cream or yoghurt in the popsicle moulds.

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Here’s the recipe

3 INGREDIENT MANGO ICE CREAM POPS

Make your own delicious ice cream pops with just 3 ingredients.

  • 2 mangos, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup carton of double cream
  • 1-2 tbsp honey
  1. Peel and chop the mangos.
  2. Add to a high speed blender, with the cream and honey.
  3. Blend until smooth – the mixture will be thick.
  4. Transfer to a jug and pour into popsicle moulds, almost to the top.
  5. Place in the freezer to set overnight, or for at least 4 hours.

You can make strawberries and cream pops by blending 2 cups of strawberries with 1 tablespoon of honey.

Then pour the strawberry mixture into popsicle moulds, layering with cream.

Or, use plain Greek yoghurt, coconut cream, or coconut yoghurt instead of heavy cream.

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A roundup of the best healthy Christmas recipes on the internet

Ah Christmas, it’s such a wonderful time of year, with all of the joy, kindness and giving. It can also be a nightmare for anyone who lives a healthy lifestyle!

So I’ve put together a list of where you can find the best “healthified” Christmas recipes of some of the most popular treats. By “healthified”, I mean that they’re traditional recipes using healthier ingredients. No refined flours or sweeteners and some of them are gluten free, for those who need to avoid gluten.

As you know, I believe in moderation and common sense and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with indulging sometimes. It’s all part of a balanced diet and it’s important to enjoy our celebrations without any feelings of guilt or anxiety attached to the food.

It’s all too easy for Christmas to become overwhelming though. It can be an entire month of celebrations, starting early in December and continuing on into January. So I think it’s nice to have some healthier options to balance out the not-so-healthy ones.

There are a couple of my recipes here and the others are from websites that I trust to use good quality ingredients and real, whole foods.

Best healthy Christmas recipes: appetisers

My Christmas Crostini: With a sweet potato base, these crostini are topped with a red onion, tomato & avocado salsa. 

***UPDATE*** November 2018: Unfortunately, the link to this recipe was just going to the Tuckers Facebook page. I’ve been working on a beetroot dip recipe of my own, so it will be linked here and updated very soon!

Tuckers Natural Beetroot Hummus: If you’re putting together a sharing platter, it’s really nice to make your own dips. This beetroot dip by Tuckers Natural is delicious and Tuckers Natural crackers are a great option if you don’t want to make your own crackers. I’ve linked to their Facebook page, as I could only find this recipe on a post from November 23rd, 2017. So if you like it as much as I do, make a copy!

 

You’ll find lots more recipes and ideas for crackers, dips and sharing platters on my PINTEREST BOARDS. The Starters and appetisers and the Cocktails and canapés boards are a good place to start.

Best healthy Christmas recipes: cakes & puddings

The Healthy Chef Gluten Free Christmas CakeIf you need to cater for family members with a gluten intolerance, try this Christmas cake recipe.

The Healthy Chef Christmas Pudding: I’m a huge custard fan and I always have pudding at Christmas so I can drown it in custard! This is a delicious sounding Christmas pudding and if you top it off with Teresa’s perfect custard it’ll be super yummo!

The Healthy Chef Mince Pies: Not my favourite, but we can’t forget about mince pies.

The Healthy Chef Gingerbread Men: If I make biscuits at Christmas, it’s pretty much always shortbread. You might notice that I haven’t included any healthified shortbread recipes here and that’s because I’ve never found any that taste like proper shortbread. Some things just can’t be healthified! These gingerbread men are a pretty good healthy version tho, I think.

Nadia Lim’s Gingerbread Decorations: These are a fun idea and the kids can get involved in decorating them too.

Best healthy Christmas recipes: desserts

My Strawberry Tarts: These strawberry tarts have my filling recipe and the pastry cases are from Bianca’s Little Lemon Tarts.

My Chocolate Truffles: These truffles are easy to make, just make sure you use good quality dark chocolate. You can make two or three different flavours and I think they’re another lovely home made gift.

The Merrymaker Sisters Healthier Trifle: I haven’t tried this recipe by the Merrymaker Sisters, so let me know what you think of it if you do! For me, nothing beats my mother’s trifle recipe. Now that she’s passed on, my sister makes it. It’s very rich and indulgent, but we only have it once a year, so I look forward to it.

Wholefoodsimply’s Vanilla Ice Cream: This is how real ice cream tastes! It’s easy to make, creamy and indulgent – ice cream with no additives that simply tastes amazing.

Wholefoodsimply’s Chocolate Bark: Another one of Bianca’s quick and easy recipes. This bark looks really pretty, so I think it’s a great home made gift.

Nadia Lim’s Christmas Snowballs: If you’re a Christmas snowball fan, then give this recipe of Nadia Lim’s a try.

 

  • I’ve also shared a few more of my favourite healthy Christmas recipes in this post:
    CHRISTMAS FAVOURITES
  • And I’m giving you my best tips and strategies to deal with the onslaught of food and drink, so that you can enjoy the festive season without overindulging:  
    ENJOY CHRISTMAS WITHOUT THE WEIGHT GAIN
Here’s cheers: wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas!!

So that’s it! Let me know (via social media) if there’s a Christmas favourite of yours that I haven’t included on this list, or even if you’d like me to find a healthier version of something for you. I love researching and finding recipes, especially healthy ones.

And do let me know if you try my recipes. If you’re on Instagram, post your pics and tag me @wendyswaytohealth and #wendyswaytohealth.

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