Have a very calorific Christmas

New research published this week reveals how the average Brit eats a whopping 4,000 calories on Christmas Day – twice the daily recommended amount for women.

Though Christmas lunch weighs in at a hefty 1,000 calories, it is the snacking we do over the course of the day – tucking into second helpings of lunch, chocolates, crisps, mince pies, leftover sandwiches, pastries plus wine, beer, sherry and any other tipple that tickles our fancy which all add up to send the calorie count soaring.

If you find yourself overindulging and feeling a little too full and sluggish as a result – naturopath Susse Wedel suggests drinking marshmallow and liqourice teas to help with indigestion, acid reflux and to ease away the feeling of over-eating. Another fab tip that Susse swears by is to chew on fennel seeds whenever you are feeling a tad full from one too many food parcels.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

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Five reasons to love brussels sprouts

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Much-maligned and loathed by many yet sprouts are the best seasonal veg around in the month of December and are loaded with healthy goodness. Read on to find out why you really should eat your sprouts this festive season.

1. Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin C containing more than four times the levels of oranges. Just one small cup of sprouts contains an adult’s daily allowance of this essential cold-buster

2. They are also rich in vitamins A, K, B1 and B6 – great for healthy skin and increasing energy

3. Sometimes described as small leafy mini cabbages – brussels are also rich in calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, lutein and fibre

4. Sprouts are low in fat and high in protein

5. Finally, sprouts are high in folate (folic acid) which makes healthy blood cells. Folate is a crucial nutrient for healthy cells and is essential for children, pregnant women and those planning to conceive.

Did you know: If the thought of green sprouts turns you off – a new red version of the vegetable is now available which is milder and sweeter (yet still contains all the nutrients listed above) could be the solution for you.

Are brussels sprouts loved or loathed by you? I’m firmly in the thumbs up camp. I’d love to hear your comments…