12 stress-free days to Christmas
As the countdown to Christmas gathers pace, follow our food solutions and you'll sail through all the challenges of the season
1. There's a million things to do and you're already feeling wound-up!
2. You've got a long day of Christmas shopping in town.
Food solution: Pop a few high-fibre snacks in your bag - fresh fruit, banana loaf or a slice of wholemeal bread with peanut butter. And before you go, eat a fortified breakfast cereal to get your daily dose of B vitamins and folic acid.
3. It's the children's school play - they're over-excited and the play hypes them up even more!
Food solution: Avoid fizzy drinks and sweets to reduce their intake of artificial sweeteners, which have been associated with hyperactivity, and put healthy treats in their lunchbox. Kids often love unusual combinations - try fruit or veg with dips, satsuma segments with blackcurrant yogurt, carrots and pure fruit jam or celery and peanut butter.
4. With so much to do, you can't sleep.
Food solution: Base evening meals around carbs, such as pasta (like this Smoked trout & pea pasta) and potatoes, and avoid eating late. Tryptophan-rich foods, such as cauliflower, fish, milk and soya products, will help combat insomnia.