Milk & cookies won’t cut it for the health-concious Santa

However, over the years, he’s been known to like to sneak the odd Banting breakfast. A little bacon, a little sausage and eggs with a side of rocket, all cooked in coconut oil of course, and served with a glass of bubbly, should do the trick to ensure Santa gets his fix of the diet craze, if not its long-term benefits.

PALEO PLATTER

Santa’s a relatively modern creation, so he wasn’t around during the time of our prehistoric ancestors. However, he’s never averse to trying new things so, if you want to convince him of the benefits of the paleo diet’s adherence to prehistoric eating habits, perhaps a lean cut of bison served with asparagus, pumpkin and nuts and a side of mango sorbet might do the trick.

Leave a motivational note, though, as experts do like to remind that our ancestors didn’t just eat better, they exercised more in their daily lives too, meaning one night on a sleigh just won’t cut it if Mr Claus hopes to see the benefits.

VEGAN SURPRISES

Depending on how much of a vegan you are, the idea of a man who rides a sled pulled by reindeer and likes to stomp around in a pair of leather boots might mean that you’re inclined to block off the chimney.

If you do have a heart, however, and want to use this annual visit to convert the jolly man to your eating habits, why not start with some of the surprisingly tasty meat-substitute products the vegan world has to offer? A plate of vegan biltong, some vegan boerie and a glass of beetroot juice might just entertain his palate long enough for you to sneak out and free Rudolph and his crew from the yoke of festive fascism.

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