Guest Blog: How to Plan a Proper Christmas with Healthy Meals


1Plan your Christmas party and menu three or four weeks in advance to cut stress, create delicious healthy meals, and make the holidays enjoyable and relaxing. You can spread the chores over the weeks leading to Christmas and tick off your to-do lists day by day and one by one. One thing you want to get out of the way is the menu plan for the special day. In addition to Christmas dinner, you may also need to prepare special healthy recipes for Christmas day and the following days leading up to the New Year. Determine how many people you will be serving for which meals and find out if anyone has special dietary needs and particular dislikes.

To keep a tight budget, plan to have leftovers that can be used for the next day or the following days as a basis for a new meal. You can turn most dishes into healthy food like sandwiches, salads, soups, or casseroles, for example. You can also plan dishes that you can prepare days in advance and freeze without losing quality and flavor. This way, the less you will need to do on the big day itself.

Decide on a theme for the party, whether it is a type of cuisine, whether you are leaning towards traditional or contemporary, and what kind of colors, motif, and ambiance you are aiming towards. Plan the table settings and decorations ahead and list down all that you need for the occasion including silverware, glassware, china, tablecloth, napkins, serving plates, salad bowls, candelabra, candles, flower vase, flowers, centerpieces, and so on.

Write a timeline and to-do list of all the tasks you need to do such as shopping, organizing, gift- wrapping, and cooking. Divide the tasks into those that can be done in advance and those that need to be done on the day itself. Spread the shopping over the few weeks to stay on budget and beat the rush.

Choose healthy food like salmon, glazed ham on the bone, prawns, fish, turkey, fillet of beef, lamb, berries, apricots, prunes, currants, nuts, figs, melons, pears, mangoes, avocados, asparagus, green beans, chestnuts, mushrooms, fresh herbs, tomatoes, and potatoes.

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My name is Katy Cavallero from Toronto, ON Canada and a part time photographer. Being a good photographer is definitely not easy. I also joined the staff of a business magazine which was based in London and became a corporate photographer. During free time, I create blogs and post contents related to foods. It is my pleasure to share valuable information, knowledge and tips to this blog community.

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Guest Blog: Smoothie Recipes to Pair with Barbecue


Guest blogger: Katy Cavallero

I have been contacted by Ebanreb, Katy Cavallero’s friend, who thought it would be great to share Katy’s guest post on our blog. Thank you Ebanreb and Katy for considering our blog.

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Smoothies make a healthy, fun and refreshing beverage for barbecue parties that kids and adults will enjoy. They are especially perfect for cooling down during the summer time and can be served before or after the barbecue. They also make a cool alternative to alcoholic beverages. Smoothies can be spiked with alcohol too for serving adults. For barbecues, light fruit smoothies are best especially citrus fruits like orange or lemons. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries also make delicious smoothies paired

with all kinds of meats and barbecues including fish, seafood, vegetables, chicken, pork, beef or lamb. Other fruits that you can make into smoothies and pair with barbecue are peaches, mangoes, kiwi, passion fruit, pineapple, and watermelon.   You can get heart healthy food & weight loss recipe ideas for smoothies at Gourmandia.

For a simple smoothie recipe, choose only one fruit and combine with plain yogurt, honey to sweeten, and lemon juice to thin out and add a tart flavor.

Watermelon smoothie, mango smoothie, strawberry smoothie, and blueberry smoothie are some of the most popular smoothies using a single flavor. Combining different kinds of fruits can make a more exciting beverage. To savor the flavors of the fruits, combine only two kinds that pair well such as mango and peach, watermelon and strawberry, kiwi and passion fruit, strawberry and banana, pineapple and orange. Another possibility is to make layered smoothies. Make different kinds of smoothies and refrigerate until they are very cold. Pour one kind of smoothie halfway for each glass and another kind of smoothie on top. Not only do they taste delicious and fun, they also look beautiful. You can garnish the smoothies with slices of fruits or a wedge of lemon.

You can also set up a smoothie bar so that your guests can choose what flavor and combinations they prefer. All you need is a blender and fresh fruits,

chilled yogurt, honey, and lemon juice or fruit juice. For the best results, slice the fruits into pieces and freeze them in a container so that you can get a slushy consistency when you

process them in a blender. If you prefer a smoother consistency, however, chilled fruits in the refrigerator will do the trick.

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My name is Katy Cavallero from Toronto, ON Canada and a part time photographer. Being a good photographer is definitely not easy. I also joined the staff of a business magazine which was based in London and became a corporate photographer. During free time, I create blogs and post contents related to foods. It is my pleasure to share valuable information, knowledge and tips to this blog.