13th December

People keep asking me if I am ready for Christmas. Do they ask me because they are and they want me to feel bad, or do they ask me because they aren’t and they want to check it is ok? Trust me, it is ok not to be ready for Christmas. This time of year is so busy we need to make sure we take care of ourselves. This advent calendar is a simple way to remind us to eat a variety of vegetables as part of a balanced diet. Amidst the treats, we need to make sure our bodies get the nutrients they really need.

Today we are sticking with the seasonal vegetables but a less popular vegetable than yesterday’s. This one sometimes gets put in the sprouts category of ‘must have for Christmas because it is tradition but I don’t really like it’.

advent calendar 13th


Parsnips contain fibre, vitamin C, folate and manganese and are a great addition to the vegetables we usually have on our plate. Although this recipe grates the parsnip so you lose some of the nutrients, it still gives us some of the essential nutrients it has on offer. Today’s recipe is even FODMAP friendly and is from the FODMAP Foodie website (I don’t endorse the website but think this recipe is yummy).

Published by porternutrition

I am a freelance Registered Nutritionist with NHS, charity and private sector experience. My passion is for improving health without breaking the bank and spending hours chained to the kitchen. I work with all ages but have specific focus on the youngest of the community as they start their food journey.

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