Hi and welcome back.
With the run up to Christmas, it can be so easy to give up on the healthy eating we try to stick through during the year and just indulge in the festive treats. I mean, who wants a slice of toast for breakfast when you can pick up a gluten free Mince Tart from Costa instead? I know I am guilty of this and while I do like to indulge, it can severely affect my asthma, and gut, if I don’t eat well. With that in mind, I thought I would share a festive What I Eat In a Day to share some treats you can enjoy to put you in the festive spirit. I hope you enjoy. C. -x-
Now if you have read any of my What I Eat in a Day blog posts, you will know I am not one for the most healthy of breakfasts. I have been so often rushing around in the mornings walking Shadow and enjoying those extra 5 minutes of sleep (because obviously they are the most important minutes – not the 7 hours I have had previously) that breakfast is on the lowest of my priority. I am well known to my colleagues to be enjoying a chocolate muffin, blueberry scone or golden syrup pancake in my car in the mornings before I start work. Healthy breakfasts and me don’t really mould well in the mornings. When my asthma playing up majorly this Autumn, I decided to add meal planning to my diary. And you know what, it made a big difference. Eating healthy breakfasts gave me more energy and helped me to overcome the illnesses when they struck. As its the Christmas season, I have started making a festive breakfast Fritatta to take with me. I love the addition of panchetta and cranberry sauce to my normal mix and eating it gives me the burst of energy I need. Let me know in the comments if you would like the recipe.
As I have already mentioned, meal planning has been a big time-saver for me and means I am less likely to eat rubbish food. One of my favourite savoury holiday flavours has to be Brie and Cranberry and I just couldn’t resist this treat. I use the Tesco own free from white bread as a base and add the Brie and Cranberry on before toasting. But, lets be honest, its the festive season so you just can’t beat a Marks and Spencer Made Without Wheat Turkey Feast sandwich for that Friday Christmas treat.
Lets be honest, the weather is cold and miserable this week and sometimes all you want is comfort food. I know I am the same and this night was no exception. While I do try to eat healthy most days, sometimes I can not resist the call of a pasta bake. My Roasted Vegetable Pasta Bake and Broccoli and Cheddar Pasta Bake have been solid favourites for a while but I wanted to give it a festive twist and what better way to do that than with my Gluten Free Turkey and Leek Pasta Bake?
One sweet treat I have been indulging in this month has to be mince pies. It just wouldn’t be the same coming in from a cold and wet dog walk, if you can’t curl up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and mince pie. I just can’t seem to get enough of the Sainsbury Mince Pies and you need to try them!
So there you go! A festive What I Eat in a Day that is trying to keep me on track with my healthy eating but giving me the chance to indulge in my favourite festive flavours. Let me know in the comments below what you have been loving so far this month. If you re-create any recipe, please let me know by sharing photos directly to my Facebook page or by tagging me on Instagram using #livingcoeliac.
Next blog post is my Turkey and Leek Pasta Bake so I hope you enjoy. Let me know what you think of the 12 Blogs of Christmas.