Australia Day is a time for family. People across the country get together to have a good time and remember the contributions of Australians past and present, with many celebrating with a barbecue or meal with friends and family.
As with any holiday meal, it can be very easy to let all your willpower and discipline fall by the wayside. Many people surprise themselves by overeating at events, leading to feelings of guilt, especially if they’re trying to stick to a strict diet or workout regimen.
But to beat that guilty feeling that we so often get the morning after a day of drinking and grazing, it’s important to plan ahead so you don’t go overboard.
Here at Nora’s, we’re all about healthy indulgence. We don’t believe in depriving yourself of the delicious meals and cocktails that you’re bound to share with family and friends at this time of year. With a few tricks up your sleeve, you can enjoy this special time of year, minus the guilt. Here are a few of our most trusted pointers.
Tip 1: Have a pre-party snack
While you might think it’s a good idea to steer clear of all food in the lead up to your Australia Day party, this can often sabotage your plans for healthy eating later on. If you arrive at the party starving, you’ll only end up scoffing the first appetiser in sight and eating larger amounts in compensation.
To avoid this, eat a wholesome pre-party snack, such as plain yoghurt with fruit, natural peanut butter on grainy toast, or a small bowl of minestrone soup. By feeding your body nutrient-rich food before a big event, you’ll be able to minimise the amount you eat at the party, or possibly even say no altogether.
Tip 2: Make healthy swaps
We’re firm believers that a lot of the time, healthy substitutes for our favourite foods can taste just as good, if not better!
Do you love chocolate mousse but hate the idea of cooking with all that cream and processed chocolate? A wonderfully rich, and surprisingly nutritious alternative is avocado and chocolate mousse. While avocado might seem like an unlikely addition, its smooth flesh is perfect for creating that decadent mousse-like texture you love.
To get that rich, chocolatey flavour, this recipe calls for cacao powder, which is chocolate in its purest form! Because it’s less processed than cocoa powder and store-bought chocolate, it contains high levels of antioxidants. So not only does it taste good, but it’s good for you.
You can even get that guilt-free indulgence with the main meal. This delicious and creative roasted beetroot and mandarin salad uses cocoa nibs as a garnish and in the dressing. Who says chocolate and salad can’t work together? Beautiful as a side dish with barbecued meat, this dish also works as a main when served with hot, crusty bread. Add a little creamy feta and you’ve got something that has all the texture and flavour of a decadent, unhealthy dish with many times the vitamins.
Tip 3: Pick your favourite treat – and enjoy it!
If you absolutely love cheese cake, and can’t go without having a taste of the real deal, then allow yourself that one indulgence. But savour it while you eat it. Sit down and enjoy it – don’t gulp it down all in one go.
Tip 4: Don’t be hard on yourself
The best thing to remember is that if you do end up splurging, don’t be too hard on yourself, and definitely don’t let it ruin your time with family and friends. Move past your guilt and promise to yourself that tomorrow is another chance for you to be good to your body.