Festive Foods for the Elf Conscious!

Kirstie Lamb – Researcher and Trainer in Public Health/19 December 2017

We all know that Christmas can be a difficult time for sticking to a healthy dietary approach, with tasty temptations everywhere we look! This can be especially hard if you are still getting used to an approach. So, to make things a little bit easier, this year I have scoured the internet to bring you a range of Christmas recipes to suit a low carb or Mediterranean dietary approach- tasty food that you can enjoy without feeling that you are missing out!

From everyone here at X-PERT Health we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year!

Mediterranean menu


Mediterranean scrambled eggs (tomato, spinach and feta) https://www.aheadofthyme.com/2016/02/mediterranean-scrambled-eggs-with-spinach-tomato-and-feta/
Full fat Greek plain yoghurt, berries and mixed nuts


Mediterranean chicken and cheese stuffed aubergine: http://www.cutting-edge-mediterranean-recipes.com/stuffed-eggplant-recipe.html
Mozzarella and fig salad https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1511721/mediterranean-fig-and-mozzarella-salad
Pancetta wrapped fish and lemon potatoes https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2195651/pancettawrapped-fish-with-lemony-potatoes
Herb-roasted olives, tomatoes and garlic https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/herb-roasted-olives—tomatoes


Honey yoghurt cheesecake https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/711651/honey-yogurt-cheesecake
Pistachio ice cream https://www.lemonandolives.com/pistachio-ice-cream/ ; to make this low-carb, swap the sugar for a sweetener e.g. xylitol (you may need to reduce the quantity of sweetener, depending on the type used, to prevent the ice cream being too sweet and/or grainy)
Spiced red wine poached pears https://thebloodsugardiet.com/recipes/spiced-red-wine-poached-pears-with-vanilla-mascarpone-whipped-cream/

Savoury snacks:

Red pepper and feta dip https://www.olivetomato.com/red-pepper-dip-with-feta-cheese-and-greek-yogurt/; serve with a variety of vegetable crudités
Olives, cured meats (e.g. prochiutto, chorizo) and mozzarella chunks
Carrot and parsley breadsticks https://www.olivetomato.com/greek-carrot-parsley-breadsticks/

Christmas treats

Roasted honey almonds https://www.lemonandolives.com/almonds-with-honey/ Sweet Pinto Bean Bread- Recipe: Soak 80g pinto beans overnight, drain then boil for 1 ½ hours until tender. Drain. Sift 200g self-raising flour, ½ tsp cinnamon and ½ tsp mixed spice into a bowl. Heat 56g butter, 56g dark brown sugar and 84g clear honey in a pan. Add dry ingredients and mix along with 1 egg, beans and 60g nuts. Spoon into a tin, sprinkle with nuts and bake at 180ᵒC

Mixed nuts and seeds bars https://www.lemonandolives.com/homemade-nut-bars/


Low carb menu


Bacon, eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms (1g carbs per serving)
Christmas spiced granola- this recipe comes from Helen, our Operation Manager here at X-PERT HQ! Recipe: mix together mixed nuts (2-3 cups), flaked almonds (1 cup), 2-3tsp cinnamon (or other Christmas spices), 1tsp vanilla essence, 2tbsp sweetener and 3-4tbsp melted butter. Spread out on a baking tray and sprinkle with approx. ½ cup of desiccated coconut. Cook in an oven for 10-15 mins at 160ᵒC, checking the granola every 5 mins. (Optional: add 1 cup of flaxseed and/or chia seeds before baking!). Serve with full fat Greek plain yoghurt (approx. 5g per ¼ cup serving)
Smoked salmon scrambled egg https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/smoked-salmon-scrambled-eggs/ (5g carbs per serving)


Oven baked brie and walnuts https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/keto-oven-baked-brie-cheese (1g carbs per serving)
Green bean, walnut and goats cheese salad https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/green-bean-salad-walnuts-fennel-goat-cheese (11g carbs per serving)
Brussel sprouts with bacon https://www.tasteaholics.com/recipes/low-carb-keto/roasted-brussels-sprouts-with-bacon/ (4g carbs per serving)                                                    Traditional roast turkey dinner, minus the potatoes! (approx. 10g carb per serving, depending on the vegetables used)                                                                                                Roast lamb, red cabbage and garlic bean mash https://www.mindfulchef.com/recipe/lamb/roast-lamb-red-cabbage-and-garlic-bean-mash (36g per serving); to further reduce carbs, switch the butter bean mash for swede or celeriac mash (https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/swedemash_78187) and halve the amount of apple used


Cheese board – choose a selection of cheeses; hard cheeses such as cheddar are virtually carb free, but avoid the biscuits and grapes if you want to keep it low carb! Celery makes a great low-carb accompaniment to cheese
Flourless almond and orange cake https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/almond-and-orange-flourless-cake/ (7.9g carbs per serving)
Christmas pudding – serve with double cream! https://sugarfreelondoner.com/low-carb-christmas-pudding/ (12.5g carbs per serving)

Savoury snacks:

Orange and brandy chicken liver paté https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/orange-and-brandy-chicken-liver-pate/ (3g carbs per serving)                                                                    Garlic chicken paté https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/easy-low-carb-pate/ (0.3g carbs per serving)
Salmon and cream cheese bites https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/salmon-cream-cheese-bites/ (0.4g carbs per serving)

Christmas treats:

Gingerbread https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/low-carb-gingerbread-cookies (1g carbs per serving)
Mince pies https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/low-carb-christmas-mince-pies/ (9.4g carbs per serving)
Cinnamon coffee https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/keto-cinnamon-coffee (1g carbs per serving)
Spiced almonds https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/sugar-free-spiced-almonds/ (4.6g per serving)


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