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5 ingredients to swap with meat this Christmas if you’re thinking of going meat-free

With Christmas parties, barbecues and dinners going full speed ahead it can be difficult to stick to your healthy eating plan especially if you are thinking of going meat-free.

We’ve put together a selection of our favourite healthy Christmas recipes that you can swap the meat out of to ensure you can stick to your goals!

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Swap meat with these 5 Christmas ingredients

Tofu: Swap the Christmas turkey with tofu! Tofu is so versatile you can virtually turn any meat recipes into vegetarian one with tofu. Tofu can be baked, fried and even scrambled. Serve with salad and potatoes and you’ve got yourself a Christmas meal!

Sweet potato: Sweet potato is a great carb and is packed full of vitamins, and minerals. 80g of sweet potato counts towards 1 of your 5-a-day and you can easily swap out a heavy red meat with sweet potato and still feel completely satisfied. Stuff your sweet potato with more roasted vegetables and made a yummy cranberry sauce!

Lentils: Brown, red, green, lentils are so versatile and can be made into vertically any recipe to replace meat. Lentils have a meat-like taste to them so using them as a stuffing is also a great idea!

Haloumi: Use the salty cheese as a meat replacement and make halloumi and vegetable skewers. Low in carbs and high in calcium, halloumi is a good replacement of meat for a Christmas feast!

Nuts: Sounds odd but a nut roast is just as good as a roast chicken! A savoury meat-free loaf, nut roasts are the perfect main dish for your Christmas.

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Christmas doesn’t mean that all of your hard work from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge needs to fall by the wayside. We’ve got over 150 healthy festive recipes that the whole family will love – in our Christmas Recipe Book.

PLUS to help you beat the bloat after the festive season, the December 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is our Lose 5 kg with under 5 ingredients on our NEW 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

written by:

Katie Fowler

Katie is a yoga loving writer from Sydney's northern beaches. With a flair for healthy baking you can find her scouring Instagram for the latest take on raw brownies and trolling Pinterest for interior design inspiration!