Many crackers are packed with saturated fats and salt. Instead, cut up some celery sticks, carrots, cucumber, capsicum and other pieces of raw vegetables for dipping alongside slices of pita bread.
Nuts are a great source of healthy fats and plant-based protein, which help keep you full for longer. Have small portions and choose raw nuts. Avoid the roasted, toasted and salted nuts.
For most families, stuffing is a must for their roast turkey, pork or chicken. However, instead of breadcrumbs, experiment with different whole grains like quinoa, buckwheat, or bulger to boost the protein content and reduce belly bloat if you have a gluten sensitivity.
Potato salad or coleslaw is a classic Aussie accompaniment to the main meal, however are often drenched in mayo. To cut the calories, and added sugar and saturated fat, without sacrificing flavour, make your own creamy dressing made with Greek yoghurt, olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon and some Dijon mustard. It not only gives the dish a protein boost but it also provides some gut-loving probiotics.
Potatoes can rank high on the glycaemic index (GI) and take on a lot of fat when roasted in oil or butter. A good healthy alternative for your family is baked sweet potatoes or sweet potato wedges. Sweet potatoes are lower in GI and are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Store-bought cranberry sauce can be very high in added sugar and the antioxidant value is decreased as a result. Homemade cranberry sauce made with fresh cranberries, raw honey (or Stevia if you want to reduce the sugar content even further), and freshly squeezed orange juice and zest, is a much healthier alternative. If you can't be bothered to make your own from scratch, opt for the reduced sugar cranberry sauce instead.
Chocolate is usually a staple around Christmas time, whether it be in recipes or given as gifts. Choose dark chocolate over milk and white chocolate. It contains less calories and is higher in antioxidants and flavonoids.
Frozen yoghurt is an excellent low-fat alternative to ice cream. Homemade frozen yoghurt can be made simply by freezing your favourite fruits in bite-sized pieces and whizzing it up in a blender or processor with Greek yoghurt. Simple, healthy and delicious.