Can you believe that we are just seven weeks away from Christmas! Maybe you’re thinking that you’ve run out of time to lose those extra pounds – well think again! There’s no better time to get started than right now! Give yourself the gift of a slimmer, healthier new you for Christmas – it really is the very best gift around, for you and your loved ones.
And if you’ve been on the Slimtone Lifestyle Plan for a while, now is a great time to recommit yourself and give it one last push so that you can end 2017 feeling super proud of yourself and your achievements.
It’s all too easy to take your eye off the ball at this time of year, particularly when you are out Christmas shopping. Here’s a great way to keep focused. Simply by checking out the healthy alternatives you can be sure to enjoy all your festive favourites.
Make a list of your usual Christmas shopping and replace the items with the low calorie alternatives listed below.
|Blue Stilton Cheese 100g||
|Somerset Brie Cheese 100g||291||119|
|4 Roast Potatoes||
|4 Slimtone roast potatoes||250||131|
|Steak and Kidney Pie & Chips||
|Slimtone Turkey Pie**||334||733|
|Takeaway Curry Sauce||800||Slimtone Turkey/Chicken Curry **||140||600|
|140g/5oz portion of chips||500||140g/5oz Slimtone fried potatoes (see page 54 of your Lifestyle Plan)||100||400|
|28g/1oz pate||125||28g/1oz low-fat pate||56||69|
|A handful of salted peanuts||192||Packet of Butterkist popcorn coated in yoghurt||95||97|
|1 pkt ready salted crisps||160||1 pkt low-fat crisps||111||49|
|Slice Panettone (per 100g)||400||Cranberry and Apple Muffin||160||240|
|Christmas Pudding (NO CREAM)||468||Slimtone Festive Weetabix Cake (56g/2oz)**||140||328|
|1 slice Christmas Cake||400||1 slice Slimtone Christmas Cake||220||180|
|1 Starbucks Christmas Mince Pie||399||1 Slimtone Mince Pie (see page 62 of your Lifestyle Plan)||76||323|
|1 tbsp double cream||67||1 tbsp aerosol cream||10||57|
|1 pint traditional custard||760||Birds Whisk and Serve low-fat custard||280||480|
|Brandy butter (30g)||168||Single cream (30g)||56||112|
|Starbucks Christmas Carrot Cake||647||Slimtone Lemon Drizzle Cake||195||452|
|Starbucks Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookie||505||3 x After Eight Mints||100||405|
|4 Quality Street chocolates||160||4 pieces of Turkish Delight||88||72|
|A glass of mulled wine||245||A glass of champagne||114||131|
|1 pub measure of Baileys||155||1 measure of Vodka with Diet Coke||50||105|
|1 Starbucks Regular Latte||213||1 Starbucks Skinny Latte||75||138|
TOTAL CALORIES SAVED over the Festive season is 5201 OR one half pound of FAT!
When you are shopping, remember a slice of cake is 450 calories – you have to skip for 45 minutes to burn it off!
Here are those recipes:
Serves 4 – approx.. 300 cals
448g/16oz fresh/frozen broccoli spears 4 fl oz skimmed milk
3 tbsp Hellman’s Extra Light Mayo 450g/1 lb cooked mashed potatoes
1 can Campbell’s condensed chicken soup 84g/3oz chopped cooked ham
196g/7oz cooked turkey, chopped Salt & Pepper
Cook broccoli spears, drain and chop finely. Place turkey and ham into a baking dish. Mix together soup, mayonnaise (optional), milk and seasonings and pour over the meat and veg, mixing well. Microwave on full power for 12 minutes or until heated through. Top with mashed potatoes and grill until golden brown. This is really tasty served with lots of “free” vegetables.
Serves 4 – curry is 200 cals per portion; with rice is 400 cals per portion
Mist a large non-stick pan with low-cal cooking spray. Fry sliced onions, peppers and bean sprouts for 2 minutes. Add a jar of low fat curry sauce and approx.. 350g/12oz cooked chopped turkey or chicken. Simmer until thoroughly cooked and serve with approx. 168g/6oz cooked rice or noodles (56g/2oz dry weight per person). The cauliflower rice makes a great calorie-free alternative to rice.
MARIE’S TIP: Mayflower curry is a firm favourite with our members. For four portions you would need approx.. 224g/8oz dry weight sauce mix.
This recipe can be frozen and makes a convenient ready meal.
FESTIVE WEETABIX CAKE
Approx. 70 cals per 28g/1oz
2 Weetabix 84g/3oz dark brown sugar
224g/8oz mixed dried fruit 1 medium egg
224g/8oz SR flour 300ml/½ pint skimmed milk
50g/2oz glace cherries Juice and zest of 1 lemon and orange
1 tsp mixed spice ½ tsp ground ginger
Place all fruit, sugar and zest in a pan with juice and a splash of brandy or sherry. Warm through, stirring allt eh time. Add the spices, mix and leave to cool. In another bowl, soak Weetabix and milk as normal. Add the beaten egg and cooled fruit, mix then add the flour. Mix well and cook on 180˚C/350˚F/Gas 4 for about 40 – 45 minutes until cooked.