Top tips for healthy eating at Christmas

In the 12 weeks leading up to Christmas, we buy on average 9000 extra calories in unhealthy snacks which could lead to a 1kg (2.2lbs) weight gain for every adult (Food Standards Scotland, 2015). On Christmas day alone, we consume on average 6000 calories – around three times what an adult needs. It can be so easy to add calories over the festive period, so it’s a good idea to keep active. One small sausage roll (about 100 calories) would take around 25 minutes to walk off, while you’d need to walk for around an hour to burn off the calories in one mince pie (about 250 calories) (British Heart Foundation calories calculator). Christmas dinner can be highly nutritious. For example, turkey i

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