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What foods will be included in your festive season celebrations? With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start getting your lists out to plan your day.

If you’re struggling with ideas to please the whole family, but keep you moving forward on your healthy eating journey, try out some of my Naturopath approved Chrissie recipes.

Christmas Brekkie Smoothie

My Vibrant Woman Challenge ladies helped me create this christmas themed smoothie 🙂

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If you’re heading out for a large Christmas lunch, there’s no need to stuff yourself silly starting from the morning pressie giving. My Christmas themed smoothie is a lighter way to start the day, while delivering protein, good fats, electrolytes and antioxidants to kick start your day with a healthy punch.

Serves 2

What you’ll need:

10 macadamia nuts

6 large strawberries/ 1/2 cup raspberries

1 cup coconut water

2 tbsp coconut cream

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or 1/4 tsp vanilla powder)

4 large mint leaves + 1 for garnish

4 coconut water ice cubes

2 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)

What to do:

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Enjoy as a light way to kick start your christmas day!

Beetroot Dip

(from my 21 Day Summer Detox)

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The bright beetroot is a fun addition when making dips. It is antioxidant rich and has shown through studies to provide heart protective properties(1, 2, 3). I make this sugar, gluten and dairy free dip using my homegrown beetroots 🙂

What you’ll need:

400gm fresh beetroot

2 litres water

500ml apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup boiling water

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 small red chilli, seeds removed and finely chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp almond meal

Pinch Himalayan, Celtic or Peruvian Pink salt

What to do:

Boil the beetroot whole in water and vinegar for 30-40 minutes, or until easily pierced by a skewer.

Leave to cool in the water and vinegar, then drain and peel and chop thickly.

Place the beetroots and all the remaining ingredients into a food processor and process and smooth.

Serve with seed crackers or veg sticks and enjoy as a nourishing christmas snack!

Lemon Parsley Fish

(from my 21 Day Summer Detox)

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For a lighter lunch or dinner option, fish is the way to go! For an ethically sourced (and much more nutritious option), go with wild caught local fish (over farmed salmon).

Serves 2

What you’ll need:

400gm wild caught fish fillets (Mullet, Snapper, Whiting, Garfish, Tommy Ruff or Trevally)

1 tbsp coconut flour

1 tsp + 1tbsp coconut oil

1⁄4 cup olive oil

4 garlic gloves, finely diced

1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1 1⁄2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Juice 1⁄2 lemon

Lemon wedges, for serving

Salt & pepper, used as a seasoning in with coconut flour.

What to do:

Preheat a large fry pan over medium- high heat.

Lightly dust the fish with coconut flour, salt and pepper and shake off excess.

Drizzle the fry pan with 1 tsp coconut oil and lightly sauté the garlic until it just starts to colour.

Remove from pan and set aside in a bowl.

Add an extra 1 tbsp coconut oil to the pain and place the fish skin down.

Cook for a few minutes, then turn and cook for a further 2 minutes, or until just cooked through.

Serve fish on a plate, together with a salad mix of cherry tomatoes, snow pea sprouts, rocket and avocado.

Mix olive oil, parsley, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar in with the garlic and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over the fish and salad.

Serve alongside roasted sweet potato and beetroot, if desired. 

Enjoy!

Lavender Water

If you find Christmas a little stressful, try chilling out over a brew from the relaxing herb lavender. You can find this one in my 21 Day Summer Detox.

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8 cups water (4 of them to be cold)

1/2 tsp stevia (you can use less to reduce sweetness)

1 tsp lemon zest

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/4 cup fresh lavender flowers

What to do:

Combine 4 cups water, stevia, lemon zest and lavender flowers in a saucepan.

Bring to the boil and the simmer for around 8-10 mins.

Strain and remove the flowers and lemon zest.

Combine the remaining 4 cups cold water and lemon juice to the mix and stir.

Add extra fresh lavender and/or sliced lemon for garnish.

Enjoy over ice!

Raw Christmas Cheesecake

If there’s any room left for dessert, my 21 Day Summer Detox grain and dairy free cheesecake recipe delivers the goods for chocolate lovers! IMG_2773

What you’ll need:

Crust

2 cups walnuts

1/4 cup raw cacao powder

1/4 cup rice malt syrup or raw honey

2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Pinch Celtic sea, Himalayan or Peruvian Pink salt

Filling

2 1/2 cups raw cashews

1/2 cup cacao powder

1/2 cup rice malt syrup or raw honey

1 tsp vanilla extract (or 1/2 tsp vanilla powder)

8 tbsp coconut milk (I use Global organics or Ayam)

Pinch Celtic sea, Himalayan, or Peruvian Pink salt

1/2 cup flaked Almonds

What to do:

Crust

Process the walnuts until coarsely chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until combined.

Line a base of a spring form tin with baking paper and press mixture into the base.

Freeze until set.

Filling

Finely process the cashews.

Add remaining ingredients, except the milk and flaked coconut.

Slowly add the coconut milk as necessary to further create a smooth consistency.

Fold through the flaked coconut and pour the mixture over the base.

Freeze for 2 hours before serving

For a christmas touch, garnish with fresh cherries or berries. 

Enjoy!

Have a happy & healthy Christmas!

Try out my nutritious recipe alternatives this festive season and surprise your friends and family…healthy can still be delish! If you want more recipe inspo, you can pick up my 21 Day Summer Detox here. Also think about starting the new year off feeling rejuvenated with the help of my upcoming Vibrant Woman Challenge (Round 4 registration opens 1st Feb 2017).

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones, full of love, laughs and good food.

Love, health & happiness,

Kasey

 

 

References

(1) Ferguson SK, Holdsworth CT, Colburn TD, Wright JL, et alDietary nitrate supplementation: impact on skeletal muscle vascular control in exercising rats with chronic heart failure. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2016 Sep 1;121(3):661-9. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00014.2016. Epub 2016 Jul 21.

(2) McDonagh ST, Vanhatalo A, Fulford J, Wylie LJ, et al. Dietary nitrate supplementation attenuates the reduction in exercise tolerance following blood donation. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2016 Dec 1;311(6):H1520-H1529. doi: 10.1152/ajpheart.00451.2016. Epub 2016 Sep 30.

(3) Eggebeen J, Kim-Shapiro DB, Haykowsky M, Morgan TM, et al. One Week of Daily Dosing With Beetroot Juice Improves Submaximal Endurance and Blood Pressure in Older Patients With Heart Failure and Preserved Ejection Fraction. JACC Heart Fail. 2016 Jun;4(6):428-37. doi: 10.1016/j.jchf.2015.12.013. Epub 2016 Feb 10.

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