How to stay sane & stay healthy this Christmas!


How to stay sane & stay healthy this Christmas!

The wonderful nutritionist and cookbook author of simply nourishment, Liz Richards shares with us her healthy Christmas snacks that taste so good you'll forget about the Christmas indulgences....

'As a mum of 2 young ones (5 & 7 – girl & boy respectively) & an author of a healthy snack cookbook I think there is some experience that I can share with you for this coming Christmas!

I like to keep life simple – minimalists is what some of our friends call us however we do what works best for us and it is a common thread through life – from food to festivities – cranking down the chaos and the crappy food is where I want to start this share….

Start training your taste buds and introduce the habit of eating healthy now! Both at home & when you’re out – this will help you through the festivities. Once you clean up your eating and it’s part of your everyday routine you will definitely notice the side effects if you indulge on rich or processed foods. When we eat better, we have clearer thought processes, our skin feels better & generally we’re more energetic. Creating this baseline in the lead up to Christmas will help us to reach for less of the packaged and crave more of the fresh. Instead of 4 fruit mince pies, swap it for 1 fruit mince pie and 15 cherries!

The other strategy that I use for festivities is movement! I have always followed that ethos ‘energy in must equal energy out’ so let’s say we’re having a drink or two, double down with an extra gym session or extra run. This applies to my children as well & to be honest this is also where ‘keeping sane’ comes into the equation. If the kids are eating likes, it’s the festive season then more outside time is required – this keeps the chaos tamed and us sane!

Start your day right by making some of the delicious Christmas Granola – with good fats and complex carbohydrates, that fuller feeling will stick around longer and keep you from reaching for the candy canes too soon!'


Christmas Granola

6 cups oats
1 cup pepitas
1 cup hemp seeds
1 cup walnuts (chopped)
I cup cranberries
1 cup dried apples (finely chopped)
1⁄2 cup finely chopped naked ginger(less if you don’t love ginger like we do)
2 tsp cinnamon
1⁄2 tsp clove
3⁄4 cup light tasting olive oil
3⁄4 cup honey

Add once cooled before putting into airtight containers:
1 cup @heavenlycacao chocolate paste (roughly chopped)

Combine all dry ingredients into a bowl
Pour over wet ingredients and mix until well combined (hands are the best method here)
Line 3 trays with greaseproof paper
Evenly spread granola as thin as possible across the trays

75deg 4ish hrs – don’t be daunted by the oven time – think of putting this on when you are making
dinner and by the time you go to bed, it will be ready to take out – leave to cool overnight.

If you like clusters, add more honey to bring the ingredients together although I would suggest
taking out the dried apple if you do this)



1 cup almond meal
1⁄2 cup desiccated coconut
1⁄2 cup macadamia nuts
2 tbs honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1⁄3 cup natural pistachios
1⁄3 cup cranberries

Prep: 10 mins. Makes: 16 balls gluten free, dairy free
PLACE all ingredients into a food processor and blend until mixture
is well combined and sticking together. Using a tablespoon as a
measure, roll mixture into balls.
EXTRAS: These are a hit with the children as they are naturally quite
sweet. Cashews are a good substitute instead of macadamias.



1 tsp chia seeds
3 tsp water
2 cups oats
1⁄2 cup macadamia nuts
1 cup dried apple
1 pear, peeled and grated
1⁄2 cup desiccated coconut
1 tsp 100 per cent pure
maple syrup

Prep: 10 mins. Makes: 24 balls dairy free
COMBINE the chia seeds and water and leave to soak. In a food
processor, blend the macadamias until broken down. Add the dried
apple and coconut and mix to combine. Next, add the oats, pear, chia
seeds and maple syrup and combine well. Using a tablespoon as a
measure, roll mixture into balls.
EXTRAS: You can substitute the macadamia nuts for almond meal.


For more info on Liz's new cookbook and healthy lifestyle tips follow her on instagram and facebook, click on the links below to take you directly to her pages. Her cookbook would make an amazing stocking filler to start 2019 on a wonderful healthy note.

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