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Ensuring Christmas is festive and fun


Ensuring Christmas is festive and fun

This time of year can be stressful for all of us. So here’s some quick-and-easy crowd-pleasers for the festive lunch or dinner table, plus smart ideas to ensure the toast to good health and happiness lasts through to the new year.

Prawns are synonymous with an Aussie Christmas. And the CSIRO tells us that about six million kilograms – or a staggering 40 per cent – of our annual prawn consumption takes place over the holiday season.

There is nothing quite like sitting down to a shared platter of prawns. For those who like to keep the flavours fresh and simple, serve cooked prawns over ice with a side of sauce.

Celebrated Sunshine Coast cook and author Kim McCosker has a great sauce recipe for you to whip up for the whole family to enjoy. Simply combine ½ cup of cream, ¼ cup good quality tomato sauce and one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper and add a splash of Worcestershire or Tabasco sauce, if you like.

This recipe is from the 4 Ingredients Christmas cookbook. Visit

Prawn and mango salad


  • 400g cooked Mooloolaba prawns, peeled
  • mixed green leaves of choice – we like oak leaf lettuce, washed and shredded
  • quarter purple cabbage, finely sliced
  • two mangoes, cut and cubed
  • 1 Noosa Red tomato, sliced thinly


  • juice of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • half-teaspoon olive oil
  • water


Toss all salad ingredients, except for the tomato, in a bowl. Layer tomato on a serving platter and top with salad mix and prawns. Mix dressing ingredients using the water to achieve the desired consistency. Serve with dressing on the side.

For more great Christmas recipes, don’t miss our festive magazine, My Christmas, which is out now. Read it now:


Keeping it real

A dietitian’s guide for getting through the craziness of Christmas

With the silly season finally upon us, it’s time to let your hair down and enjoy all the fun and festivities that it brings. While our health can often take a back seat as we celebrate with loved ones, leading dietitian and Mayver’s ambassador Susie Burrell has provided her top five tips for having a healthy Christmas while still enjoying yourself.

Mindful eating

Always remember to slow down while eating and enjoy the taste and texture of your food – this allows more time for your brain to register that your stomach is full, leaving you less likely to overindulge in a second helping. Also, be mindful of your portion sizes and make yourself a plate of food to avoid overdoing it at the grazing table or buffet.

Take a plate of food

Whether you’re attending a work Christmas party or a barbecue with friends, it’s a great idea to prepare a nutritious dish to ensure there’s a healthier option in the mix. For instance, you could put together a fruit and veggie board with celery, carrot or apple slices and a peanut butter dip.

Keep your body moving

Whether it be a run, swim at the beach, game of tennis or post-lunch walk, it’s important to make time for exercise. Holidays are an opportunity to move more, not to do less.

Stay hydrated

When celebrating, try alternating every second drink with a glass of water to keep yourself hydrated – particularly on hot days. Also, avoid overdoing high-sugar drinks such as hot chocolates and soft drinks as they can spike your blood sugar and insulin levels, leading to a brief rise in energy, followed by a crash that will leave you tired.

Indulge (in moderation)

It’s okay to overindulge on the main holiday days. Have light days after the special occasions where you have eaten too much and only eat when you are really hungry.



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