With just over a week until Christmas, the temptation is getting harder to resist all of the festive foods surrounding us in Tesco, Christmas work parties and family get-togethers. So we have got our favourite exercises and Christmas snacks to help the waistline:

  • Skipping is one of the best exercises to burn calories; you can burn 70-110 calories per 10 minutes of skipping, so go on…pass us the rope!
  • Swimming: Keep kids occupied now the Christmas holidays are starting – this option is perfect as it is indoors and swimming is another excellent form of exercise, working muscles you never knew you had!
  • If you have to snack on anything this Christmas, these are our favourite option, they’re fun, festive and fabulously healthy…

Sweet Strawberry Santas


  • 10 large strawberries
  • 200g low fat cream cheese
  • 2 tsp sieved icing sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Poppy seeds, to decorate


  1. Thoroughly rinse the strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry.
  2. Remove the top and dig out the inside of the strawberry with a paring knife. Keep the tops as these are used for the Santa hat.
  3. Add the cream cheese, icing sugar, and vanilla extract into a mixing bowl and beat until creamy.
  4. Add the cream cheese mix to a piping bag with the corner snipped off. To make the Santa face add the mixture to the top of the base of the strawberry. Then add 2 small buttons to the front.
  5. Add a small amount of the mixture to the top of the strawberry and place the tops of the strawberries back on. Decorate them with poppy seeds as eyes.

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