Annette Sym
Annette Sym Cade Mooney

Christmas Day survival tips

IT IS amazing how much we eat on Christmas Day and just don't realize.

Think about how many times you walk past the nibbles and grab a handful of this or that.

It really adds up over the day, so to avoid this try doing what I used to do on Christmas Day and make up your own treat plate.

Here are my top survival tips for Christmas Day:

1. Start the day by putting out a little of everything you like onto a plate, eg. A few cashews, choc almonds, lollies, small slice of Christmas cake and cover with glad wrap. Only go to this plate during the day and once it is all gone then stop.

2. Have a little of everything and I mean LITTLE, a lot of everything is a problem. Food isn't the only thing Christmas is about, so enjoy family and friends.

3. Remember Christmas is only one day of the year so enjoy the day, but remember you will have to face tomorrow and the scales.

4. Go for a walk as often as you can, this may help burn off any extra kilojoules you consume over the day.

5. Avoid overeating high fat high sugar foods. Much better to fill up on salads, veggies and lean meats and fruit platters.

6. Don't sit in front of the platters of Christmas treats, instead sit with your back to the tempting food so you won't overindulge.

7. Keep hydrated on the day, drink lots of water so that you don't confuse hunger with being thirsty.

8. Eating lots of high fat foods will only make you feel bloated and uncomfortable, to avoid this happening limit the high fat foods and gassy soft drinks and alcohol.

9. Take your good intentions with you so when visiting family on the 25th if you think nothing will be good for you to eat then take some safe food with you, e.g. my party food section in book 4 will help you here. Or make one of my recipes from the Christmas section in book 2. Planning ahead is the clever way to avoid eating food that you don't want to eat.

10. And finally if all else fails and you have over indulged then don't worry, the best thing you can do is get back to healthy eating as soon as possible. The longer you drag it out the worse it will be.

Annette's cookbooks Symply Too Good To Be True Books 1-6 are sold in all good newsagencies.

Visit Annette's website for more tips and recipes, and join Annette's Facebook page at Symply Too Good.

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Fruit Mince Pies- Recipe from Symply Too Good To Be True, Book 2

Makes 12

  • 1½ cups self-raising flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) Flora Light® margarine
  • ⅓cup skim milk
  • 1 egg white
  • flour to roll out pastry
  • 12 tablespoons fruit mince (in jar)
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar

Preheat oven 180ºC fan forced.

In a large mixing bowl combine flour and ¼ cup sugar together.

Melt margarine and add to milk; using a fork beat one egg white into milk mixture.

Pour into flour and fold together. 

Place pastry on a lightly floured surface, knead lightly.

Divide in 2; roll out first ½ until big enough to cut out 12 bases (8cm cutter).

Gently place into 12 muffin tins that have been coated with cooking spray.

Spoon 1 tablespoon of fruit minces mixture into centre of each pastry case.

Roll out remaining pastry as for base, then place pastry circles over top of fruit mix.

Lightly brush tops with a little extra egg white then sprinkle lightly with 1-2 teaspoons sugar.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until pies are golden brown.


Nutritional Information



























591 (cals 141)






















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