Choose tomato-based dips like salsa rather than dips made with cream or cream cheese. Alternatively make your own dips by adding fresh chopped herbs and spices to low-fat plain yoghurt or reduced-fat crème fraiche. Serve with vegetable crudités, breadsticks, rice or oatcakes instead of crisps or tortillas.
Reduce the fat but still make delicious crispy roasties by parboiling potatoes and parsnips first. Lightly brush with olive oil rather than pouring from the bottle. Cut in large pieces to reduce the amount of oil absorbed. Try roasting sweet potatoes which are high in the antioxidant beta-carotene and have a lower GI-rating than white potatoes.
Pile on the vegetables. The greater the variety of colours, the greater the variety of nutrients. Vegetables are typically low in calories. Avoid smothering them in butter as 1tsp adds around 35 calories.
Turkey is a great choice as it is packed with protein and contains zinc, selenium and B vitamins. Great for the immune system, energy and mood. A 100g serving of roast turkey contains 157 calories and 3.2g fat. Go easy on the skin though as just 15g contains around 70 calories and 6g fat.
5. Mince Pies and Christmas pudding
Try making your own mince pies using filo pastry instead of short crust. Filo pasty has 304 calories per 100g while short crust has 453 calories. Leave off the pastry top or try mixing stewed apple in with the mincemeat to reduce the fat content.
Choose lower fat versions of shop bought Christmas pudding or mince pies.