The festive season is upon us, and that means one thing: indulging in delicious Christmas food with family and friends. While it’s no secret that Christmas feasts are often associated with tradition and taste, you might be surprised to learn your Christmas dinner comes with some unexpected health benefits. So, as you prepare to tuck into your roast turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings, let’s explore the surprising ways in which your Christmas dinner can actually be good for your health.
Turkey – Lean Protein
The star of the show, roast turkey, is not only delicious but also a high source of lean protein. Essential for muscle repair and growth, protein helps you feel full for longer, which can prevent the common habit of overeating during the holiday season. Additionally, turkey is a great source of tryptophan, an amino acid which can help promote better sleep.
Root Vegetables – Rich in Fibre
Alongside turkey, root vegetables like carrots, parsnips and potatoes are another Christmas dinner essential. Not only do they taste delicious but also provide a source of dietary fibre, which promotes the feeling of fullness and aids digestion. Carrots contain beta carotene to produce Vitamin A which helps to maintain good eyesight health. Root vegetables can also help regulate blood sugar levels, keeping you energised throughout the festivities!
Brussels Sprouts – Nutritional Gems
One of Britain’s least favourite vegetables, brussels sprouts are in fact nutritional gems. They are high in fibre, protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and minerals such as folate. These nutrients support the immune system, bone health and overall well-being. For those who dislike brussel sprouts, consider giving them another chance!
Cranberries – The Superfruit
Cranberry sauce is a staple on most Christmas tables, not only does it pair nicely with turkey, but it also provides some health benefits. Cranberries are packed with antioxidants, which help combat free radicals in the body and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Plus, they can help prevent UTIs (urinary tract infections).
Red Wine – Rich in Antioxidants
If you fancy having a glass of red wine with your Christmas dinner, you will be delighted to hear it may provide some health benefits. Red wine is made from crushed dark grapes which contain a natural antioxidant called resveratrol. Studies suggest that drinking red wine in moderation may have cardiovascular benefits, thanks to its antioxidants.
Indulge in a Christmas Feast at The Lion Hotel
While Christmas dinner is undoubtedly a time for indulgence and celebration, it’s heartening to know that many popular festive foods offer surprising health benefits. At The Lion Hotel, we understand the importance of gatherings and good food during the festive season. Feel free to have a look at our Christmas Day and Boxing Day menus. We also offer a Christmas vegan menu for other dietary requirements. So, when you’re indulging in a Christmas feast at The Lion Hotel, remember you are also taking in health benefits! To make a dinner reservation, call us at 0177 382 4033 or send an online enquiry to secure your table. We look forward to serving you this festive season!