This is the season to be brought together, have fun, open gifts and of course eat!
Christmas time with the family can be difficult when cooking meals for family members that are health conscious especially if there are gluten intolerant, dairy intolerant, vegan or vegetarian. To make it a little easier but still indulge in a healthy way this Christmas, then these wholefood ideas should be very helpful.
Swap the pasta for brown rice instead!
Ditch the gluten and use brown rice in its place, brown rice can be used for salads, stews and soups to name a few. It is full of vitamins and minerals, fiber and has less carbs than traditional pasta and no gluten!
Swap the plain flower for gluten free flour instead!
Try substituting a gluten base flour for a lower gluten or even gluten free flower in its place, If your baking a fruit cake then coconut or brown rice flour would be a great substitute for normal plain flour made from wheat. These flours are more easily digested and are full of vitamins and protein, If you are making a savory pie or apple crumble for example, then spelt flour would be a great choice. It only contains a very small trace amount of gluten but more nutrient dense with a good dose of protein and fiber to keep you full and satisfied.
Replace conventional castor sugar for a low GI natural sugar or sweetener such as coconut sugar or brown rice syrup.
Castor sugar is processed and just not good for our beautiful bodies at all. Sweet treats are must at Christmas time and if you making your own sweet indulgences, then there are few healthier alternatives to your regular recipes with sugar. Use coconut sugar instead of castor sugar, it has a sweet caramel under tone, full of vitamins and minerals and also will not spike your blood sugar levels as much as castor sugar. Try it with your rum balls, fruit mince pie, rocky road or apple crumble for example.
Brown rice syrup is a fructose free sweetener that is that can be used instead of processed sugar as well. Try using it in your christmas cookies, puddings, pancakes and anything else that needs a touch of sweetness.
Try replacing eggs for chia seed and flax seed!
Chia seeds and flax seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids.. Both promote a healthy digestive tract and are gluten-free and grain-free .Mix three tablespoons of water and one tablespoon of chia seed or flax seed meal in a small bowl. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or so, or until it takes on a gooey texture similar to raw egg yolk. Use as an egg replacement in your baking this Christmas.
Swap the alcohol for a fruity infused iced tea!
Enjoying a glass of fruity iced tea is a heavenly experience. Homemade Iced tea is low in calories and sugar free! and being summer this season, it will help to battle the heat. By infusing organic tea leaves overnight, you wake up to a beautiful glass of fruity goodness. Add two tablespoons of your favorite fruit or spiced tea into an infusing pot with some mint leaves and sliced fruit. Our Farm favourites are the Berry Tea and Coconut tea.
To make it even more simple and easier for you, all these wonderful wholefoods are available in our bulk pantry here at The Farm Wholefoods!
Lots of love, Happiness and Health to all of you this Christmas.