With the festive season so near, it’s a time where a lot of us are already starting to get ideas on what we want around the Christmas table, including after dinner snacks and what we can stock the cupboards with.
Take a look at some of your favourite high street Christmas snacks and see what healthy alternatives you can make that are still fun and festive for all the family.
Black Forest Gateau vs. Mixed Berries and Yoghurt
Black forest gateau is a popular desert choice at Christmas time, but it can be full of added sugars (not to mention the cream or ice cream that can be added to the serving). The popular black forest gateau cake from M&S contains 27.5g of sugar per 100g.
If you fancy a sweet, berry-inspired treat, why not prepare fresh mixed berries such as cherries, raspberries and strawberries and top with yummy Greek Yoghurt which contains just 5g sugar. That’s over 22g of LESS added sugar than the sugar-laden cake slice.
Yule Log vs. Chocolate Satsumas
This year’s Classic Yule Log from Tesco serves 10, but it is crammed with 35.2g of sugar per 100g. If you’re looking for something chocolatey, why not try Dark Chocolate covered satsuma slices.
Melt 25g of Lindt 70% Dark Chocolate and dip your satsuma slices in for a much healthier snack. This Christmas alternative will contain a much lower 15.7g sugar and still satisfy your sweet tooth.
Supermarket Cranberry Sauce vs. Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Shop bought Cranberry Sauce is loaded with added sugar and even artificial sweeteners. For example, 1 teaspoon (15g) of the popular cranberry sauce from Ocean Spray packs a whopping 5g of sugar.
You can make a healthy, low-sugar cranberry sauce with just a couple of ingredients:
- 100ml orange juice, fresh or from a carton
- 250g pack cranberries (frozen or fresh)
Firstly, pour orange juice into a pan, then bring to the boil. Stir in the cranberries, then simmer until they are tender but still holding their shape. This will take about 5 minutes if using frozen cranberries or 8-10 mins if using fresh ones. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
Note: The sauce will keep in the fridge for 1 week. On the day, bring to room temperature before serving
Cheese & Onion Crackers vs. Brie & Grapes
Now, these two might sound very similar, and in some ways, they are. But, it’s all about what you team with your Christmas cheese. With cheese crackers, many people forget that the crackers themselves contain added sugars as well as the sweet chutney you may slather on the top too.
We recommended opting for a healthier alternative which means choosing a piece of your favourite cheese from the cheese board and teaming it with delicious, healthy grapes. A few bites will leave you feeling satisfied and you’ll feel better in yourself too!
Let’s calculate the sugar intake using some high-street favourites to give you a better idea…
Cheese & Onion cracker (1 Serving)
- 1 Jacobs Cracker
- 1 tbsp classic onion chutney
- 1 tbsp Boursin cheese (garlic and herb flavour)
Total sugars: 17g
Cheese & Grapes (1 Serving)
- 1 large slice Brie (50g)
- 4 green grapes (20g)
Total sugars: 17g
Spiced Latte vs. Herbal Tea
Love a spiced latte from your favourite high-street coffee chain? It can be shocking when you see how much sugar is in some of your festive favourites, with some weighing in at around 50g of sugar per cup!
Did you know the Christmas Mint Hot Chocolate from Pret et Manger contains a staggering 50.1g of sugar – the equivalent of TWENTY biscuits! Swap your hot chocolate for a flavoured Mint Choc herbal tea from Teapigs. The herbal tea only contains just sugar traces. The perfect alternative with the same flavour!
What low-sugar alternatives do you choose during the festive season? We would love to share your ideas with our supporters. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
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