The season of goodwill brings good cheer, eating and drinking and many of us indulge in all sorts of fattening fare which invariably leads to those unwanted Christmas pounds. During Christmas revelry, food often becomes the centre piece. According to the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, on Christmas day people can eat and drink their way through up to 6000 calories! Joyous overeating is followed by strict resolutions to lose weight come New Year’s Day but many people struggle to undo the damage caused by all those fatty foods.

At Motivation Weight Management we believe the season of good will does not have to be laden down with calories and for those who want to plan a little ‘damage limitation’ we have a great light and tasty menu to help get through the season’s eatings! You can see the staggering comparison in Christmas day calories in the tables below.

Healthy Christmas Day Alternative
Light & Tasty Christmas Day
2 grilled rashers and mushrooms 120Cal
Starter: ¼ melon 60 Cal
Main: Turkey and ham, stuffing made from wholemeal bread, bread sauce
made with water, broccoli made with cabbage, sugar free cranberry sauce,
½ cup mashed potatoes 530 Cal
Dessert: Trifle made from sugar free jelly and fruit 35Cal
Salad with cold meats 210 Cal
½ cup of fruit cocktail 120 Cal
Total Calories* 1075Cal


Full Irish 1065 Cal
Starter: Smoked Salmon & Bread 292 Cal
Main: Turkey and ham, roast potatoes, stuffing, bread sauce, carrots, parsnips
brussel sprouts, gravy, cranberry sauce, cheese, crackers 1500 Cal
Dessert: Christmas Pudding, custard and brandy butter 687 Cal
Turkey and Ham Sandwich 450 Cal
Mince pie and cream 368 Cal
Christmas Cake 350 Cal
Total Calories* 4,025Cal
* Calories are estimates as they depend on portion sizes

The traditional Christmas day calorie count is a shocking 4630! But the light and tasty Christmas day comes in at just 1165 calories which leaves some room for manoeuvre and ever a festive spirit or two! Merry Christmas from all at Motivation.

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Blog Post by Claire Jackson