Ok, so we all love to indulge at Christmas. There is so much rich and delicious food on offer, it’s really hard to resist. However, some of our favourite Christmas ingredients are already part of my Eat Clean essentials and with some simple changes, I can substitute some of our seasonal favourites into a healthy alternative, without compromising on flavour. For the first week, I am looking at fresh cranberries. This winter berry is packed with antioxidants and nutrients including vitamin C. They help aid digestion and are an anti-inflammatory. Try and choose fresh, plump cranberries, deep red in colour and firm to the touch. They can be stored in the fridge for nearly a month or you can freeze them. They are very tangy in flavour and are a great alternative to lemon or vinegar in a salad dressing. You can sweeten them up by using alongside other fruits such as, pineapple and pears which helps balance the flavour. They can be used in sauces, desserts and your meat stuffing and are a great accompaniment to Turkey. The simplest way to enjoy their super powers is by making your own cranberry juice. Just boil the cranberries in some water for about 20 minutes or until the berries pop. Strain through a fine strainer, pressing through with the back of a spoon and allow to cool. If the juice is too tart you can dilute it with still water or if you fancy some non alcoholic healthy bubbly just add sparkling water and a wedge of lemon. Another Eat Clean Christmas ingredient next week! Love, Ching x
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