Everyone’s favourite Christmas meat is a great source of protein, perfect for recovery after those festive workouts. Turkey contains high levels of a sleep inducing amino acid called trytophan which goes some way to explaining those common afternoon naps. Protein fills you up, leaving you less likely to be reaching for those afternoon chocolates.
(well raisins actually) - It might be a slight stretch to claim mince pies could be doing us loads of good, but actually the health benefits of raisins makes for good reading. Raisins are very good for our digestive health and are packed with fibre. A naturally sweet product, raisins are naturally high in B-vitamins, helping to keep our energy levels high, and potassium.
This wonder spice could be considered the ultimate Christmas nutritional powerhouse. Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown eating cinnamon to be beneficial to diabetics, demonstrating them to have improved blood markers, and has also shown positive effects in studies of people with heart disease. When doing your own cooking of all those delicious Christmas snacks, do yourself a favour and go heavy with the cinnamon.