Angela Dowden: What’s in your Christmas dinner?

Christmas dinner gets a bad press, but actually it’s a great time to hit your five a day fruit and veg target! Carrots and broccoli are the nation’s favourite veg according to the Food Standards Agency, but don’t pass up a plate of humble Brussels sprouts—packed as they are with vitamin C, folate and a compound called sinigrin with potential cancer-protective benefits.

If you are watching your weight, putting a load of veg on your plate will help you feel fuller for longer without over-indulging in calories. But don’t be shy about tucking into a good portion of turkey too – without the skin on it’s low in fat and high in protein, which curbs your appetite. It’s also a good source of B vitamins and selenium

Indulging in the trimmings is okay too, but you can save calories without even noticing by brushing your roast potatoes with a little oil instead of having them swimming in goose fat, keeping bacon flat instead of rolling it, and removing the fat from the juices that you use to make the gravy. Choose your stuffing carefully too-—dried types rather than those made with sausage meat are healthier and less fattening!

When it comes to pud, serve it with brandy custard rather than double cream and make your own mice pies with a sprinkling of Canderel sifted over instead of a pastry top. If you do overindulge, a glass of ginger wine or cup of mint tea should help settle a nauseous tum. And opt for a gentle stroll in the fresh air instead of falling asleep in front of the