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3 ways Christmas dinner IS gut-healthy

At the heart of this seasonal celebration lies a vibrant array of foods that may just offer a host of benefits to your digestive system. From the hearty roast vegetables to the tangy cranberry sauce and even the iconic turkey, these festive staples contribute to a gut-friendly menu in more ways than one.

1. A fibre-rich feast

Brussels sprouts, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, mixed greens – a colourful plate indeed! These fibre-packed veggies not only add a burst of flavour to your plate but also act as a prebiotic feast for your gut bacteria. The fibre serves as a fuel source for these beneficial bacteria, aiding in digestion and promoting a thriving gut environment. You can also find an abundance of antioxidants in this colourful array of vegetables!

  • If you’re a fan of Brussell’s sprouts, you’re in luck! These mini cabbages are a source of fibre-rich and prebiotic Christmas veg! Here are 3 more reasons to love your sprouts this Christmas.
  • Eat the rainbow and get your dietary source of vitamin A from carrots, and vitamin C from parsnips.
  • As an Irish gal, I will argue that the potatoes are equally as important (if not more) than the turkey! Get your fill of potassium from the mash and roasties and even more resistant starch if you have leftovers the next day.

2. Turkey trumps!

While turkey often takes the spotlight on the Christmas table, it brings more than just tradition and flavour! Turkey is rich in protein and provides essential amino acids that support the repair and maintenance of gut tissue. Turkey is also rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that serves as a precursor to serotonin – the “feel-good” neurotransmitter. This mood-regulating compound not only contributes to post-feast contentment but also plays a role in supporting gut health by influencing gut motility and function. Not to mention, your roast turkey is also a good source of protein & vitamin B12! So gobble it up 😉

Topping your turkey with a tangy-sweet cranberry sauce? Soak up the polyphenols which contribute to the vibrant colour of the cranberries and offer potent antioxidant properties.

Trying to cut down on meat? Try Laura’s Festive nut roast instead. You’re getting the ultimate plant diversity here with grains, veggies, nuts, and herbs to further feed your good bacteria.

3. The power of spices

The spices that infuse the holiday dishes, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, offer more than just mouth-watering aromas and flavours. They come packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, potentially calming digestive discomfort and supporting gut health. If you’re looking for the most delicious herb-filled stuffing, then look no further! Saskia’s Grandmother’s secret recipe here! More people are now turning to natural herbs and spices to improve their health – to learn why check out ‘Let’s spice it up!’.

If you’re feeling a little gassy or bloated after, it’s probably just your good bacteria having a fibre-filled party in your gut!1https://www.theguthealthdoctor.com/christmas-dinner-digested If so, check out our post Reduce digestive discomfort with yoga!. Here’s to good food, good nutrition, and ZERO food guilt this Christmas 🎄✨

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