If you’re hosting your own party, make the traditional favourites less calorie heavy with these following tips:
* Make open-top mince pies. Using less pastry cuts down on calories and fat. Alternatively, use filo pastry, which is thinner and lower in calories than traditional pastry. One sheet of puff pastry has 620kcal, and two sheets of filo have 80kcal. Add finely chopped apple to the mincemeat to make it fluffier and slightly lower in calories.
* Don’t wrap sausages in bacon or pastry. Grill, dry fry or bake them on a wire rack so that the fat drains off.
* Don’t have dips made with cream or cream cheese. Choose tomato-based dips, such as salsa, or mix some chopped herbs into low-fat yoghurt.
* Serve rice cakes, oatcakes or plain popcorn with drinks, instead of crisps and salted nuts.
If you’re at a party at a friend’s house, you sometimes can’t avoid picking on nibbles.
Below, the British Nutrition Foundation’s snack swaps lists some unhealthy snacks and their healthier alternatives.
Stop: mini pastry tartlet (45kcal, 3.2g fat).
Swap: mini filo tartlet (30kcal, 1.5g fat).
Stop: breaded chicken bite (40kcal, 2g fat).
Swap: marinated chicken bite (29kcal, 0.8g fat).
Stop: salmon and cream cheese bite (30kcal, 2.5g fat).
Swap: salmon sushi bite (28kcal, trace fat).