Guilt-Free Festive Cheat Foods

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The winter months have us all reaching for those hearty but not always healthy comfort foods and treats. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself every now and again, but, if you’re anything like us, you may find that the festive season has you overdoing it and heading into the New Year desperate about getting fit and healthy again! This year, we’re taking a slightly different approach, we’re here to help you keep on track with your healthy lifestyle! The NetCost team has been thinking about our favorite “cheat day treats” and how to swap them out for some guilt-free “cheat day” foods to help you keep your body and mind healthy, happy, and on track with your goals as you enjoy the best offerings of the festive season!

Stracciatella Inspired Yogurt

Chocolate is everywhere during Christmas time and yes, you should enjoy it, and this is a great way to do so. Christmas chocolate and Italian Stracciatella combined were the inspiration for this guilt-free snack. Avoid the milk chocolates and those with added delights such as caramel and instead opt for dark chocolate. This takes minutes and is delicious!

You Will Need: ½ pound of your favorite plain yogurt, 30g of dark chocolate.

How To:

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the dark chocolate.
  2. Pour in your yogurt of choice and stir through.
  3. We told you it was simple, so enjoy! For extra flavor, why not add a few strawberries?!

Pumpkin Chips 

Sitting in front of the TV watching movies with the family goes perfectly well with chomping on some salty snacks. Step aside from huge buckets of popcorn or share-sized bags of Cheetos, take a little time and make a big batch of these pumpkin chips and feed your body a nutritious snack.

You Will Need:

1 Pumpkin, Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Pepper.

How to:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Carefully remove the skin from the pumpkin and thinly slice the pumpkin using a vegetable peeler.
  3. Place the slices into a bowl and sprinkle with salt, leave to sit for ten minutes to help draw out some moisture.
  4. Add a little olive oil, just enough to coat your slices thinly, you don’t want to over oil them.
  5. Arrange evenly across a baking sheet and sprinkle with freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt, then place in the middle of the oven for 25 minutes.
  6. Enjoy alone or even with a homemade garlic dip!

Leftover Turkey Salad 

There’s always an abundance of leftover turkey and this recipe is a quick, easy, and light way to prevent waste while giving you a break from heartier foods. This salad is delicious, refreshing, and will have you feeling like you’re cheating on your diet when you’re absolutely not! For this recipe, simply scale up the amount of dressing to match how much salad you put together, we’d say always make more because once you get a taste, you’ll definitely want more!

You Will Need:

Leftover Turkey, Cashew Nuts, Dried Cranberries, Mixed Salad Leaves.

For the dressing:

80 ml Olive Oil, 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard, 3 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar, 1 Tbsp Balsamic, 30g prepared Cranberries, 1 Clove Garlic, Salt & Pepper.

How To:

  1. Over a medium heat, add your cashews to a skillet and lightly toast.
  2. In a large bowl, combine toasted cashews, dried cranberries, mixed leaves, and leftover turkey in your desired ratios.
  3. Add the dressing ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth, if the dressing is a little too thick for your liking, add a dash of water.
  4. Pour the dressing onto the salad and toss well to distribute.
  5. Serve immediately while the salad is fresh!