Most people already eat some turkey over the festive period, but did you know it could be the key to setting you on the path to your New Year weight loss? Turkey is the perfect festive meat because it’s high in protein (one serving will provide around 65 per cent of your recommended daily intake), low in saturated fat, and is packed full of vitamins B3 and B6, which lower cholesterol and boost the production of red blood cells.
To get the most of turkey’s fat burning potential, it’s important that you buy an organic turkey for your Christmas meal. A study conducted at the University of Wisconsin found that organically raised turkeys contained higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid – a powerful nutrient that is linked to improved health and weight management.
Recipe idea: For a healthy turkey feast on Christmas day make sure you remove the skin, as it contains twice as much fat as the actual meat. Brussel sprouts - there's a reason they're a traditional Christmas food! (Rex)
We hate to break it to you, we really do, but this most hated of Christmas foods is also one of the best for a fat blasting festive season. If you can manage to get over your dislike for them, then sprouts need to be on your Christmas plate if you’re looking to lose weight this festive season. Sprouts are a dieter’s dream because they’re full to the brim with fibre, calcium, potassium and vitamin A, which means they leave you feeling full without resulting in weight gain. They’re also great for general heart and brain health because of the high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids they contain, which is a bonus we can all get on board with this Christmas.
Recipe idea: Sprouts don’t have to be disgusting. Roast them for around 30-40 minutes and add salt, pepper and a splash of lemon for a tasty twist on this Christmas classic.
(RealBuzz – Mon, Dec 16, 2013 09:00 GMT)