Tips for staying healthy and happy over Christmas

We know it’s hard to not overdo it during the holiday season. But it can be done by using these simple hacks to keep happy and healthy.

With the sunshine comes the entertaining. From picnics, to barbecues and family get-togethers, there is always an opportunity to indulge in some great food and some cool drinks – and overindulge, too. But these tips are great ways to eat and drink without feeling guilty or too full.

• Like always, it all starts with water. To stay hydrated, drink a glass of water between alcoholic beverages – it will also help to stop you overindulging and suffering the consequences.

• More water is never a bad thing, so you can also try substituting any sugary mixers – such as tonic and soft drinks – with some H2O, or soda water. You should also try the easy-to-prepare Cucumber Cooler, which is a fresh and healthy drink that’s perfect for summer days.

• If you’re not sure what will be available in the way of healthy options, take some of your own snacks, just in case. Or, if possible, fill up on something healthier at home before you attend any BBQ or party.

• Grilling is a healthy alternative to frying or roasting, especially with fresh fish. Check out this easy idea for grilling your fish on citrus to give it a tasty twist.

• When possible, fill your plate and stomach with heathier foods like salads and lean meats. If you’re full on these you’re less likely to over indulge in the treats.

• If you’re taking a dish along, make it a healthy one – like this Warm Beetroot and Quinoa Salad or Grilled Fish Kebabs – the host and fellow guests will appreciate the variety. These fresh dishes are easy to prepare and all kinds of delicious. And nothing says summer like Haloumi and Asparagus Bites, does it? It’s a quick dish to prepare that will go down even quicker. But if fresh seafood is a must, then you’ll love the Barbecue Salmon Parcels.

• Keep the exercise up. Try and fit it in in the morning or before making your way to those BBQ’s and parties – you’ll have more energy and feel like you’ve earned those treats!

• If you’re hosting, be sure to share fresh and healthy dishes with your guests, too. Simple and healthy dishes – like Green Beans with Orange and Hazelnut Dressing or Asparagus Salad with Parmesan and Almonds – that can be sides or the focus of your plate.

Keeping healthy this silly season might take some planning, but it doesn’t need to be difficult or boring, as these tips prove.