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7 Gluten & Dairy-Free Festive Recipes

Delicious dishes to indulge in without feeling guilty

The holiday season is synonymous with joy, love, and, of course, delicious food! Embracing the festive spirit doesn’t mean compromising on your commitment to health and wellness.

Whether you’re preparing a festive feast or looking for thoughtful food gift ideas, here are
a collection of nutritious Christmas recipes from CNM, each with a unique twist, using wholesome and flavoursome ingredients.

A mindful approach to festive indulgence

While the holiday season is often associated with indulgence, it’s essential to approach celebrations with a mindful perspective, keeping health in mind. The temptation to overindulge in alcohol and sugary treats can be strong, especially when there are boxes of chocolates everywhere you look. However, making conscious choices can lead to a healthier and more energised you.

Alcohol awareness

Excessive alcohol consumption can take a toll on both physical and mental well-being. While it’s okay to enjoy a festive drink, moderation is key. Too much alcohol can lead to dehydration, disrupt sleep patterns and contribute to weight gain. Opting for alcohol-free alternatives, like the Mulled “Not-Wine” recipe below, ensures you can still enjoy the warmth and flavours of the season without the hangover.

Don’t overdo the sugar

Sugary delights are a hallmark of the holidays, but the negative impact of excessive sugar intake on health is well-documented. Too much sugar can contribute to weight gain, spike blood sugar levels and lead to energy crashes. By incorporating healthier alternatives, such as the grain-free festive breakfast topper or the gingerbread cookies, you not only satisfy your sweet cravings but also provide your body with essential nutrients and fibre.

Balanced festive feasting

The festive table often groans under the weight of rich and heavy dishes. While it’s tempting to indulge in every decadent option, embracing healthier alternatives can strike a balance. The ginger and sesame Brussels sprouts and savoury nut roast Christmas puddings offer nutrient-dense options that contribute to overall well-being without compromising on flavour.

Mindful celebrations

Mindfulness is an invaluable tool during festive celebrations. Taking the time to savour each bite, appreciating the flavours and textures, can enhance the joy of the season. Mindful eating encourages us to be present, making it easier to recognise when we are satisfied, preventing overeating and promoting a positive relationship with food.

Hydration is key

Amidst the merriment, it’s easy to forget the importance of staying hydrated. With tempting beverages aplenty, it’s crucial to intersperse alcoholic drinks with water – one glass of filtered water to every alcoholic drink. Staying hydrated supports digestion, helps regulate body temperature and contributes to overall well-being.

Healthy festive recipes & gift ideas

Gingerbread Cookies

Beyond being a holiday classic, these gingerbread cookies pack a punch of flavour and nostalgia. Packed with nutrient-rich ingredients like ground almonds, pecans and buckwheat flour, sweetened naturally with maple syrup, and infused with aromatic ground ginger – these gluten-free cookies are a delight for your taste buds and your well-being.

Rosemary Orange Olive Oil

This versatile olive oil infusion can be a game-changer in your holiday cooking. Olive oil is renowned for its heart-healthy properties, and when paired with the vibrant notes of rosemary and orange, it transforms into a gourmet delight. Use it as a finishing touch on salads or as a thoughtful food gift for friends and family.

Grain-Free Festive Breakfast Topper

Start your festive mornings right with a grain-free festive breakfast topper. Packed with nuts, seeds and aromatic spices, this mix is a nutritious addition to your breakfast routine. It’s not only gluten and dairy-free but also a great source of energy-boosting nutrients. Sprinkle it over yoghurt, oatmeal or smoothie bowls for a wholesome start to your day.

Mulled “Not-Wine”

Raise a glass to the season with a unique twist on a classic – mulled “not-wine.” This alcohol-free alternative captures the essence of mulled wine, infusing warmth and spice into your festivities. With a blend of aromatic herbs and fruits, this beverage is not only comforting but also rich in antioxidants. Share the joy of the season with a drink that’s as good for your health as it is for your soul.

Ginger Sesame Brussels Sprouts

Elevate your Christmas dinner table with this delicious side dish that brings together the best of seasonal flavours and health benefits. This recipe combines the earthiness of Brussels sprouts, the richness of sesame, and the aromatic touch of ginger. Brussels sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable known for their nutritional density, providing essential vitamins and minerals.

Savoury Nut Roast Christmas Puddings

For a festive main course that’s both hearty and nutritious, try these tasty savoury nut roast Christmas puddings. Packed with a variety of nuts and seeds, this vegan alternative to a traditional roast is a plant-based delight. Nuts are a good source of healthy fats and protein, making this dish a satisfying centrepiece for your holiday feast.

Warm Red Cabbage & Apple Salad

This colourful side dish not only adds vibrancy to your table but also brings a nutritional boost. Red cabbage is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, while apples add a sweet crunch and a healthy dose of fibre. The warm vinaigrette ties the flavours together, creating a salad that’s as visually appealing as it is delicious.

Nourish yourself this Christmas

This festive season, embrace the spirit of giving with these health-conscious Christmas recipes. Whether you’re cooking up a storm for loved ones or creating thoughtful food gifts, these recipes show that you can indulge in the joy of the season without compromising on your well-being. Enjoy the warmth of tradition and the nourishment of wholesome ingredients in every bite!

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