When the mince pies are on tap, canapés are everywhere and you can’t walk 10 paces without someone putting a drink in your hand, here’s how to handle the party season without ruining your skin and waistline.
1. What’s your rule of thumb re canapés?
‘It depends on the canapé! If they’re healthy - gluten, sugar and dairy free – it’s fine to enjoy a few but mostly, I proceed with caution and aim to eat before I go out. But I’m relaxed about it - food is for enjoying, especially when shared with friends and family at special times so I won’t say I never enjoy the odd canapé!
2. In terms of damage limitation…what type of canapés are better for our health, skin and waistlines – and which ones should we definitely avoid?
‘I suppose fruit, vegetable or protein based ones might be a bit healthier…I’d avoid the bread and pastry ones and of course the sweet, sugary dessert ones’.
3. If we’re hosting the party, what’s your top, easy recipe for great nibbles?
‘I like to serve smoked salmon on toasted buckwheat bread with fresh dill, lemon juice and a little zest with fresh black pepper. I’ll also bake some chickpeas in some herbs or spices. And I’ll serve fresh nuts’.
4. How about drinks – which are the good, the bad and the ugly?
‘The good – red wine, vodka and soda, or tequila (all in moderation). The bad – rum, Baileys, rosé wine. The ugly – cordials, mixers, fizzy or sugar-laden energy drinks’.
5. What are your top three cleansing foods to eat the day after the night before?
‘In the morning, a large green smoothie with coconut water, lots of cucumber, avocado, spinach and some chia seeds. Also, a large mug of hot water with some lemon in it.
‘In terms of food, eggs in the form of a large omelette with steam-fried onions, peppers, tomatoes and spinach would be ideal. I’m rather partial to a good curry – but a homemade one of course, rich in turmeric, coconut oil, tomatoes, spinach and broccoli.
‘You can also find my Hangover Sandwich here’.
6. How can we maintain our energy levels during this hectic season?
‘I don’t think food can do this. It’s more about lifestyle – ensuring proper sleep, regular hydration, sensible exercise and following a clean diet as far as possible. Enjoy the occasional night and make sure the following days are sensible, clean days to support your body. A good quality multivitamin can also be helpful to for some people to support them through hectic times’.
7. Any final tips?
‘Avoid drinking during the day and don’t mix drinks when you are drinking. In really hectic times, it’s best to have just a few drinks to let your hair down and on other occasions to keep your sensible hat on and stick to soft drinks’.
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