Do you wrestle with your ‘health’ conscience each festive season, don’t want to ruin all that hard work you’ve put in through the year? Well, we all deserve a break and Christmas is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a couple of glasses of alcohol and a sweet treat or two.
Which Christmas treats do you indulge in each year? My wife (aka admin manager) makes an impressive rum ball and they are my Achilles’ heel of all the treats on offer during the silly season. Remember, you don’t have to miss out on the culinary yummies on Christmas day and you can get creative and substitute ingredients if you prefer a less fat, no alcohol or gluten free option.
Sporting Advantage Rum Balls7 weet bix ½ cup desiccated coconut ½ cup mixed dried fruit 2 tbsp cocoa 400g tin Skim 99% Fat Free Condensed Milk 2 tbs rum (Maybe 3 tbs? I always manage to bump the bottle as Tam’s measuring it!) Mix all ingredients together and roll into balls a bit smaller than a golf ball. Roll in extra coconut and refrigerate or freeze.
While you are exercising your self control at the dinner table, don’t forget to aim for some exercise on Christmas day too. Noooooooo I hear you scream, but this can involve running around in the mandatory game of backyard cricket, a pool volleyball challenge, going for an early evening walk or running after the kids on their new bikes!
Just remember, anything in moderation! Train hard during the year and you can enjoy a treat or two on Christmas day (you may want to attempt to hide the sweets in the freezer like my wife does, so they actually survive until Christmas day).