Swap cheese and crackers… For cottage cheese on rye bread`
The sugar and saturated fats in this merry combo far outweigh the nutritional benefits. Binge on this fatty snack over Christmas and the New Year and you’ll return to the business end of the season with bigger paunch than Santa. Nibble on this and give your muscles a shot of protein to fuel them through the night, courtesy of the casein in the cheese. What’s more, the carbohydrates in the rye bread will crank up your metabolism and reduce the urge to dip into the cookie jar.
Swap pigs in blankets… For lean cuts of prime beef
These meaty treats might tantalise your taste buds, but under the bacon blanket lays a sack of low-grade meat that will only expand your waistline and not your passing range. Avoid temptation and reap the benefits in your game.Red meat has a bad rep, but a mean cut of prime beef is loaded with protein and essential micro-nutrients, such as iron. It’s one of the richest natural sources of creatine, which helps build muscle as well as boost strength.
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Swap Christmas pudding… for Wheyhey ice cream
Pigging out on this sugar-fuelled desert will lead to ups and downs in energy levels and gains in fat. If you’re sitting on your backside watching re-runs of Only Fools and Horses over the Yuletide season expect to return to action looking like a pudding. Satisfy your sweet tooth and power your muscles with a bowl of Wheyhey ice cream. Never heard of it? This protein-packed dessert provides calcium, which supports muscle and bone health, helping you kick on until the season’s end. And it still tastes great.
Swap a tin of chocolates… for mixed berries
They may appear small and innocent enough, but every perfectly wrapped chocolate is ready to rage a war against your six-pack. With no nutritional value and stacks of calories, munching through an entire tin of these is a serious dieting own goal. If you want to waltz back on the pitch looking trim and feeling healthy, scoff some mixed berries whenever you’re feeling peckish between mealtimes. A handful of the little do-gooders will provide you with a dose of antioxidants to reduce the risk of illness during winter.
Swap mince pies… for nuts