With Christmas now less than 3 weeks away, there’s a certain sense of excitement in the air as children count down the days to the visit of Father Christmas and adults count down the days to a break from work and some turkey and wine. 

Christmas also brings with it a chorus of festive music and carols that really puts us all in good spirits as we relax and enjoy the company of friends, family and colleagues.  One carol that is particularly famous over the festive period is “the 12 days of Christmas”.  The 12 days of Christmas historically start on Christmas Day and in recent years individuals have used the number 12 for food, drink and shopping over the festive period. We have complied a list of our 12 favourite foods for Christmas.

The 12 foods of Christmas

1. Chia seeds:
The Chia seed has been around for centuries and is the newest addition to our range of super healthy foods.  It is a great source of fibre providing your body with 5.7g per every 15g serving and packed full of other goodness including protein, calcium, iron and omega 3.  Add chia seeds to your diet this Christmas and start your 12 day challenge the right way.  Check out our wholesome stew for a chia inspired recipe.

2. Shelled hemp:
Like chia seeds, shelled hemp packs a real punch when it comes to providing your body with goodness.  It is a great source of protein (10.5g per 30g serving) which will be useful when it comes to training over the festive period to try and get rid of the extra Christmas pounds you may get.  Check out our rosemary crust lamb rack for a tasty hemp inspired dish this Christmas.

3. Flaxseeds:
Our milled organic flaxseeds are a great way of maintaining a balanced diet and are a great way to get nutrition into your body during your active and busy Christmas schedule.  A great source of protein, fibre and omega 3, add flaxseed to a tagine this Christmas for something a little different.  This is also a great way to use up some left over Christmas turkey.

4. Sunflower seeds:
The humble sunflower seed is packed full of goodness when it comes to nutritional value and their popularity in recent years has increased greatly.  A great source of vitamin E, sunflower seeds will be great for your skin this festive season.  They are also a good source of selenium which helps your immune system battle many diseases including Cancer.  Add some sun to your meals this Christmas by adding our milled organic sunflower & pumpkin seeds to your porridge or fruit salad at breakfast.

5. Pumpkin seeds:
Like sunflower seeds, the great value of pumpkin seeds is finally being realised.  Packed full of linolenic acid, pumpkin seeds support the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels which helps your body’s weight management.
6. Sesame seeds:
We don’t mean it’s time to go and stock up on burger buns and take turkey baps.  Sesame seeds are one of the oldest condiments known to man and their nutritional benefits are extraordinary and they are a great source of key minerals to your body such as magnesium and calcium.  You can enjoy sesame seeds in our 5 seed mix of flaxseed, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame seed & goji berries.  Check out our flapjack recipe for a tasty way to enjoy sesame seeds this Christmas.

7. Cocoa:
If there’s one thing you can almost guarantee at Christmas time, it’s that there will be no shortage of chocolate.  From selection boxes to tins of sweets and desserts, chocolate will be everywhere.  While too much chocolate is bad for you, research has shown that chocolate is a great way to speed up your metabolism.  Our flaxseed, cocoa and berries mix contains 10% reduced fat cocoa meaning that as well as tasting good, it has 75% reduced fat when compared to cocoa in other dark chocolate products.  Try out our moreish breakfast muffins for a great way to start the day this festive season.

8. Mixed berries:
Berries are a great fruit to include in your diet as they are a great source of fibre and they are also low in calories.  Strawberries and blueberries are both high in vitamin C which helps your immune system.  These berries taste great and are a regular at most dinner tables for Christmas dessert.  Our flaxseed, cocoa and berries are a nutritional and tasty mix that will make any snack memorable this Christmas.  Add them to a chocolate cake for a scrumptious Christmas dessert.

9. Goji berries:
They may be small but this dried raisin like fruit is huge when it comes to benefits to your body.  A great source of protein, iron and fibre, the goji berry is a superfruit that is also high in antioxidants.  Their vibrant red colour can really make a lasting visual impact on many dishes and would be the perfect addition for a Christmas curry using your leftover turkey. 

10. Almonds:
We recently looked at the benefits of nuts in our ‘get some nuts’ blog and one of the best for you to eat is the powerful almond.  A great source of vitamin E, almonds are great for your skin and also help with the maintenance of strong teeth and bones.

11. Brazil nuts:
Packed full of selenium, Brazil nuts are great for the immune system as they help your body produce the active thyroid hormone.  3 – 4 Brazil nuts can provide you with your daily dose of selenium.  Our flaxseed and nut mix with added COQ10 contains 10% Brazil nuts and is a perfect addition to a winter salad.

12. Walnuts:
The final food on our 12 foods of Christmas list is walnuts.  Packed full of mono-unsaturated fats, walnuts are popular with people with heart problems as they reduce the levels of bad cholesterols in your body.  Get some nuts into your diet this Christmas by trying to make our tasty nutty bread.  A great addition to any dinner table this festive season.

So there you have it guys, 12 foods for you to enjoy this year over the 12 days of Christmas.  Let us know what way you are eating them and share your photos and stories with us over Christmas on Facebook and Twitter

This year we have an early Christmas gift for you – purchase any 3 products for £14 and enjoy FREE DELIVERY in time for your 12 foods of Christmas challenge.