Christmas Season Tip #1 - Eating Sensibly at parties

Well tomorrow not only marks the start of Summer but also the Christmas Season. The year has flown by, but this is always my favourite time of year!

You may find that the next few weeks before Christmas are filled up with Christmas parties and end of year functions where it is easy to over indulge on all your seasonal favourites, so I have put together a small list of tips to help you to stay on track.

1. Eat a snack before going to a party so hunger won't rule your food choices. For example, have a yoghurt, a piece of fruit or even a trim milk coffee.

2. Indulge moderately - what's the point in going to the parties if you are going to depreive yourself completey? Just take small portions and eat slowly.

3. Avoid guilty pleasures that you can have anytime such as chips or chocolate. Instead go for your seasonal favourites such as fruit mince pies or fruit cake.

4. Stand away from the buffet table to avoid mindless eating.

This weeks recipe is one that is healthy and yummy and is perfect to serve at your Christmas party if you are hosting one, or tak it along to one where a plate is requested.

Beetroot and yoghurt dip with pita crisps

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Spray 1 side of each pita bread with oil. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Season with pepper. Cut each pita bread into 8 triangles. Place, in a single layer, on 2 baking trays. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

  2. Meanwhile, process beetroot, onion, sultanas and vinegar until almost smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Add yoghurt. Stir to combine. Serve with pita crisps. Enjoy!