BODIES...Holiday Treats

Roasted chestnuts, sugar plums and figgy pudding make up our Christmas carols and holiday “visions”,  but are not the easiest to find in the your local supermarket.

So what exactly are these treats so synonymous with December and are they healthy? Our Chief Medical Expert, Dr. Roy Glover, weighs in…


Who Is Roasting Chestnuts On An Open Fire?:


With Jack Frost biting at our nose, there is something comforting about a few chestnuts roasting. The great news is that this extremely healthy treat is high in carbohydrates and very low in fat.  Similar to wheat and brown rice, chestnuts contain a high quality protein and no cholesterol. So whether they are roasted, added to soups, stews, or ice cream feel free to enjoy throughout the season and beyond.

Is a Sugar Plum Fairy Edible?:


Tchaikovsky’s primo-ballerinas all vie to play one. In the Night Before Christmas, Clement Moore’s children have visions of them in their head–but with all of the sugarplum’s publicity what they are is often a mystery.

That’s because a sugar plum really isn’t a plum at all, in fact you would spend a lot of time in the produce section searching for it. Sugar plums are actually sweets made of sugar, dried fruits, almonds and honey, mixed together into a small round oval shape. They are a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and fiber but still considered a candy. So, if you have a sweet tooth, try one of these edible dragée delights they are a nice alternative to the candy cane.

How Do I Make My Pudding Figgy?:

Figgy Pudding is about as difficult to spot on Christmas Eve as Santa Clause Its disguise? Figgy Pudding is actually a cake. A relative of the fruit cake, but with figs and raisins, figgy pudding uses juices from fruit or even brandy after baking to give it a moist pudding-like consistency. The main source for creating this dessert is figs – which are rich in calcium, fiber, potassium, and believed, by health experts as an effective home remedy for bronchitis ailments and asthma when brewed as a tea.  However, figgy pudding is still a cake, so this old fashion desert is a great holiday tradition but moderation is key.

If you are concerned about your calorie intake, or eating too many desserts this season, these delectable treats are a nice alternative that provide some essential vitamins and nutrients for your body.

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