We all indulge a little more than we should over the holidays. It's hard to resist the delicious food especially at this time of year where there's egg nog, all kinds of treats, baked, fried, sizzled, battered and sugared everything!. If your clothes are a little tighter than you would like them to be then you may be considering shedding a few pounds this month and getting things back on track.
Despite the shorter days, colder weather and general sluggishness, it's now time to get your diet and your fitness back in the right direction. Whether you're going for a walk in the evenings instead of relaxing with a game of FoxyBingo, getting up an hour earlier to head to the gym, or starting a new yoga class, everything you do is great.
All that said, stopping the holiday "dessert train" is more than just a little challenging!! Here are a couple suggestions that will help you phase out the fried, sugared and processed desserts but still enjoy a little something sweet after a meal:
Normally, mousses are made by combining whipped cream with a lot of chocolate, but this recipe is much lighter. Simply whisk 3 egg whites with half a cup of sugar or sugar substitute until you have a light and frothy mixture. Then carefully stir in a little bit of melted dark chocolate, (the darker the better) place in a bowl and leave to set in the refrigerator. Once it has set, scoop it out and top with fresh berries.
Healthy Eton Mess
A traditional Eton Mess includes whipped double cream and lashings of sugary sauce, but this healthy version is much lower in fat and calories. Begin by chopping a handful of mixed berries like strawberries, raspberries and blueberries in half. Place them in a bowl and scatter with a teaspoon of stevia or brown sugar. Then mix the berries with some low fat Greek yogurt and some natural fruit sauce or compote. Serve in a glass and top with some dark chocolate shavings.
Ice cream is packed full of fat and calories, but this healthy, quick and homemade alternative won't leave you feeling guilty at all. In a food processor, blend a cup of frozen fruit along with a splash of skimmed milk and a tablespoon of yogurt. Pour the thick mixture into an empty tub or some popsicle mold and leave it to set in the freezer. Before serving, leave to gently warm for 5 minutes at room temperature. Goes beautifully with a slice of fresh fruit, or even warm herbal teas for an extra boost of flavour and contrast!