Happy Healthy Christmas

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Take a minute to ask yourself how you are you feeling. Is the festive season stressing you out? If so, why? If you are one of the lucky ones that are relaxed and can enjoy this time of the year, appreciate it. Unfortunately, for most people, this time of year brings a lot of stress and anxiety.

We tend to set unrealistic expectations

Setting high, unrealistic expectations are the main culprit and cause of our stress and anxiety. We want everything to go smoothly and to be perfect. However, take a minute to ask yourself, what is really important to you? You will probably realise that what matters isn’t the matching cutlery and plates or whether you have got your partner the right present, but about enjoying valuable time with your loved ones.

When it comes to food, we want to have the roasted turkey stuffed the way it’s always been and accompanied with grandma’s cranberry sauce. Dinner is paired by a mixture of festive wine, a large helping of Christmas pudding and a selection of cookies. Unfortunately, all that sugar and fat is overwhelming for our bodies. So when the big binge is finally over, we don’t feel energized or relaxed, but rather tired and stuffed. On top of this, our scale hits a number we have never seen before!

Challenge yourself by trying something new

Want to feel great and energized this year without putting on weight? Tweak your recipes a little and try something slightly different! Make your own healthier cookies with all the taste and none of the guilt. How about surprising your family with a tasty yet healthier version of the traditional roasted turkey? Scroll down to have a look at the 8fit roast served with delicious raspberry coconut lentils on the side. Yummy!

 

Turkey roast with creamy raspberry lentils

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Preparation time: 60 min.

Servings: 6 people

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 medium red onions
  • ½ chili pepper
  • 2 branches of sage
  • 2 Tbsp butter (preferably organic)
  • 28 oz turkey breast (either slice thick breasts in half or beat breasts until thin and wide)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp mustard
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 trussing strings. Double the length of the turkey.

For the creamy lentils:

  • 1 ½ cups red lentils (~ 11 oz)
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • ¾ cup coconut milk (~ 150 ml; alternatively cream)
  • ½ lemon (preferably organic)
  • 4 oz raspberries
  • 3 branches of thyme

Directions:

  1. Peel and chop garlic and onions.
  2. Deseed chili. Cut both chili and sage into strips.
  3. Heat a pan on medium to high heat. Melt 1 Tbsp of butter and fry garlic and onions until translucent for about 5 minutes. Add sage and chili. (Set aside 1 Tbsp of onion mixture for the lentils).
  4. Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Place the turkey evenly on top of the 3 trussing strings.
  5. Season the turkey with salt and pepper. Spread mustard evenly on turkey and sprinkle half of the onion mixture.
  6. Roll the turkey carefully and tightly tie with trussing strings.
  7. Add ¾ cup vegetable or chicken broth to a casserole dish. Place turkey in the middle and sprinkle the other half of onion mixture on top and around the turkey. Pour ¼ cup of broth on top of turkey and one Tbsp of butter. Season with salt and pepper. Place casserole in preheated oven for 45 minutes.
  8. In the meantime, add lentils with 1 Tbsp of onion mixture, bayleaf and 1 Tbsp of olive oil to a pot heated on medium heat. Fry for 3 minutes. Next, pour in 2 cups of vegetable broth and ¾ coconut milk. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Grate zest of lemon and mix together thyme and freshly squeezed lemon to lentils.
  9. Place lentils in a big bowl and add raspberries on top.
  10. Take turkey out of the oven. Remove string and slice into pieces. Serve with raspberry lentils and enjoy.

 

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Did you know that shopping on an empty stomach makes it more likely to buy unhealthy food? Make sure you do your grocery shopping when satiated. Also, take your time to write your grocery list with all the foods you need beforehand to avoid lots of leftovers. You’ll appreciate it! Healthy happy Christmas, here we go.

Love and health,

Jennifer

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