Tricks to Eating Right During the Holidays

28 December 2015 0 Comments Category: Active Lifestyle, blog

Christmas Dinner

If one just can’t resist eating too much in Spain throughout the year, eating right and staying healthy is practically impossible during the holiday season due to the delicious and vast amount of typical Christmas dishes and sweets. Practically impossible we say because we don’t really want you to miss out on all the fun and the amazing food. What we can offer you however are tips on how to compensate for the heavy meals, desserts and too much vino.

Christmas in Spain is synonymous with food. Everywhere you go, restaurants and bars, even at the office, you will be offered special appetizers, sweets or be invited out for a “copita de Navidad”. Saying no politely is one way to stay off the snacks and the extra glass of wine but make sure you have a good reason not to. It’ll be hard to get away, but know that you have our list of tricks to eating right and staying fit.

How to Compensate

  • Luckily, Spain is also known for its vegetables, oven baked dishes and fruit so you can always compensate at dinner if you had a heavy meal at lunchtime or vice versa.
  • You can also compensate by eating slow, making sure you get some exercise and drink lots of water.


  • One way you shouldn’t try to compensate is by skipping breakfast, lunch or dinner, in preparation for an excessive meal. The only thing that will happen is you’ll devour, probably much, more than you ever intended.
  • As soon as you wake up try exercising or walking to work, school, the store or on your way to run errands or Christmas shopping. Experts recommend about 45 minutes a day.
  • Make sure you know the dates of the dinner or lunch parties you’ll want to attend so you can organize healthy snacks or meals at home before and after.
  • Yes, go ahead and try the turrón or mazapán but try to avoid having more than one or two pieces.
  • During Christmas time, there are plenty of typical dishes such as lombarda (red cabbage) or steamed artichokes, which are healthier than others and will help you stay fit.
  • Try to avoid snacking and eating too much bread. Difficult we know, but if you want to eat right, you’ll have to sacrifice a bit.
  • Alcohol, your worst enemy. Alcoholic beverages have loads of calories but you can always ask for a glass of sidra or cava, which have less than beer or wine. Please note, that cider in Spain is different to cider in America, for example, which doesn’t have alcohol.
  • No left overs. Even if your host insists, don´t take home the leftovers.
  • Other dishes that will help you digest and compensate for heftier meals are the delicious caldos (broths), the variety of seafood and healthy salads.

We are aware: it’ll be hard. But at least you now know how to compensate and eat right during the holiday season.

From the team at Typical Non Spanish, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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