Healthy Swaps this Christmas

Christmas time is renowned for overindulgence and expanding waistlines. Foods high in fat and sugar are everywhere and difficult to avoid. It is also a very busy time and we can fall out of our everyday routine, especially when it comes to exercising. If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, making just a few simple swaps can really help you to stay on track.


  • Swap whipped cream for low fat crème fraiche.
  • Swap crisps for carrot and celery sticks with tasty dips.
  • Swap shop bought dips for homemade tomato salsa, guacomole or homemade hummus.
  • Swap sweet hot chocolate for warm milk with cinnamon.
  • Swap cocktail sausages for small marinated chicken bites.
  • Season your potatoes with herbs and spices such as chives, thyme, garlic and rosemary instead of butter and salt.
  • Instead of the traditional desserts such as Christmas cake and mince pies, serve warm winter berry compote with natural yoghurt or try these individual berry trifles.
  • Avoid traditional Irish breakfasts with rashers, sausages and puddings. Instead opt for fruit and homemade granola or healthy pancakes.
  • When visitors call don’t have the cupboards stocked with tins of sweets and biscuits. Instead make homemade fruit and nut granola bars or wholemeal raspberry scones.
  • Instead of having prawn cocktail or creamy vol-au- vents for starters, try a healthy fish cake.

First 1000 Days Team

Our expert team of dietitians and nutritionists have created lots of articles, tips, advice and recipes all about the importance of good nutrition to help you give your baby the healthiest possible start in life.

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