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The reasons to buy the December issue of Healthy Food Guide are endless, but here are 10 of the best…


1. Think yourself slim
Some experts believe that mindfulness could help with maintaining a healthy weight. Check out our festive strategy to having a mindful Christmas – learn how to eat, drink and be merry without overindulging.


2. Shape-up advent calendar
We’ve come up with 24 one-a-day exercises – if you do them all you could lose 2in from your waist in time for the big day.


3.Five recipes to make you feel better
Don’t let the colder, darker days make you feel under the weather. Phil Mundy’s December insta-food fixes are designed to make you feel happier and healthier – including this ginger fried rice recipe for digestive aid.


4. Keep the pressure down
Over 30% of adults living in the UK suffer from high blood pressure. If you’re one of them don’t let the festive season stress you out and be sure not to over-indulge. Pick up our December issue for the 10 main risk factors and how to keep blood pressure down.


5. Pass the healthy platter
Say goodbye to calorie-laden canapés and enjoy some guilt-free indulgence this Christmas. Our collection of classy party nibbles are under 40kcal each, including these mini prawn tortillas.


6. The roast with the most
When picturing Christmas day it’s hard not to think about all those calories adding up. There’s no need to worry, we’ve got you covered with our light menu of main, sides and sauce for less than 640kcal per serving.


7. The A-star ingredient
Versatile and containing the healthy type of fat – avocados are delicious and nutritious. Go green and incorporate them any time of day – your heart will love you for it. Recipes are from The Goodness of Avocado by Lucy Jessop.


8. Melt-in-the-mouth mains
Winter is here and we’re all about hearty, meaty meals. Our collection of slow-cooked recipes are tender and full of flavour, including this Greek-style lamb with lemon potatoes.


9. Extreme makeover – Christmas pudding
Christmas day just got a little bit better. We’ve taken the classic festive dessert and made it healthier so that you can transition into the new year feeling better. With all the flavour of the original and almost half the calories there’s no reason to say now. Oh, and did we mention it’s gluten-free too.


10. The key nutrients to winter-proof your body
Colds, feeling blue, dry skin and lack of vitamin D – the downfalls of winter. HFG dietitian Jennifer Low advises which vitamins and oils best combat these symptoms along with providing quick diet fixes.