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EDITOR’S LETTER

Welcome

It’s that time of year again, in all its love-it-hate-it glory. Yup, at the risk of sounding just a teeny bit Grinchlike, love/hate is probably the best way to describe my relationship with Christmas. On the one hand, there’s the rosy glow brought on by thoughts of family, friends, mince pies, buck’s fizz, twinkly lights and playing Pictionary again. But then there’s also the sense-of-humour failures brought on by the stress of trying to keep everyone happy… If, like me, you’re ho-ho-hoping there’ll be more laughter than harrumphs in the air this Christmas, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve had our festive thinking caps on this month, and have come up with solutions to your most common festive dilemmas, so you can concentrate on enjoying your best ever Christmas. Check out our How To Do Christmas special section (P.77) for everything from healthy meal ideas to help you stay on track in the run up to the big day (P.79), to expert advice on picking the right party dress for your shape (P.94). There’s also our usual mix of delicious SmartPoints friendly recipes, only this time we’ve included some that are dedicated to showcasing your new zero Points foods. What’s not to love?

EVERY GREAT JOURNEY BEGINS WITH A

first step

Here’s member Sandra Carnevale at the start of her weight-loss journey: ‘In mid-2013, I saw photos of myself on holiday and realised I was bigger than I’d been in a long time. My clothes were feeling tight, and although joining Weight Watchers was a big step into the unknown for me, I thought it was worth a try to get healthy by Christmas…’

2st 12lb LOST!

I'M LOVING...

While we’re on the subject, here’s what I’m loving in this month’s issue:

ww flex

Life just got a whole lot easier thanks to a bunch of new zero heroes… and that tops my most-loved things in this issue.

Helen Renshaw Editor in Chief

Sparkly dresses

Seeing our success stars Jennifer, Angela and Karen looking so gorgeous in their glad rags made me well jel!

THE FINAL STEP... TURN TO P.122 TO SEE SANDRA NOW

Instant prints

I’m fed up with having loads of great pics on my computer, but never actually looking at them. That’s why a camera that prints as I snap is on my wish list. Weight Watchers Magazine / 5


CONTENTS December 2017 REGULARS

SUCCESS

11 NEWS

20 SNAP HAPPY

36 SUBSCRIBE TODAY…

29 CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

Feeling stressed? Learn how to stay calm over Christmas And get a free copy of our Chicken cookbook

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SUCCESS

‘I’ve dropped five dress sizes!’ Angela

Meet the camera-phobes turned magazine stars Janet’s looking forward to a very merry Christmas

116 WE’RE ALL TALKING ABOUT… 30 BYE, BYE SANTA Seasonal comforts

42

He may have lost his Santa belly, but Matthew’s feeling jollier than ever

FOOD

Say hello to your new zero heroes

THE FINAL STEP 122

Sandra shares how losing almost 3st has made Christmas better

60 INSTAFOODIE

Christmas without trifle? Not on Kirsty’s watch

FOOD

62 TURKEY WONDERS

Tired of turkey? Revamp leftovers with these delicious No Count ideas

41 RECIPE INDEX

69 SIZZLING STIR-FRIES

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51

This month’s SmartPoints and No Count recipes

NEW ZERO HEROES

SmartPoints is more flexible than ever! The WW Kitchen team reveal all

46 CHEERS TO THAT

Low SmartPoints canapés, anyone?

49 FESTIVE FEAST

Stress less –we have Christmas lunch sorted

FOOD

It’s all in the presentation

Speedy fakeaways for when you’re super busy

61 FOOD

We’re feeling fruity


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EDITORIAL Editor in Chief HELEN RENSHAW Deputy Editor ANDREA LEEBODY Contributing Editor LARA PALAMOUDIAN Managing Editor CHRISTINE FAUGHLIN Senior Sub Editor SARAH ALLEN Junior Sub Editor CHLOE HAY Junior Writer SARAH NITTINGER Editorial Intern ALICIA HATTERSLEY Food Editor SARAH AKHURST Senior Food Assistant NADINE BROWN Food Assistant GABRIELLA ENGLISH

DESIGN

HOW TO DO

Christmas YOUR 30-PAGE GUIDE TO STAYING HAPPY AND HEALTHY THIS SEASON

79 MOTIVATIONAL MEAL PLAN

Stay on track in the run-up to the big day with these easy meal ideas

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CHRISTMAS YOUR WAY

90

GET YOUR GAME PLAN ON

Three approaches to getting through the festive weeks Tackle Christmas head on with our expert tips and tricks

94 SAY YES TO THE PARTY DRESS!

Stylist Arabella Boyce finds party dresses for three members

101 107 ASK OUR EXPERTS 112 COMPETITION

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS 25 gifts you’d love to receive Your festive woes sorted Win a high-energy fitness break

ON THE COVER

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SUCCESS

‘I’m lighter now than at 22!’ Matthew

COVER PHOTOGRAPHY IAN HARRISON STYLING ARABELLA BOYCE HAIR AND MAKE-UP CHARLOTTE GASKELL & AMI PENFOLD

Art Director KIRSTY HARLOW Acting Art Director (Maternity Cover) MARK TAYLOR Senior Designer STELLA KWOK Senior Designer (Maternity Cover) SARAH PRESCOTT Picture Editor ABBIE MURPHY

PRODUCTION

Production Director SOPHIE DILLON Deputy Production Manager CHRIS GARDNER With thanks to: Linsey Cannon, Martin Cotterell, Alexandra Harris, Angela Mash, Jonathan Sellers

PUBLISHING

Group Publishing Director KIRSTEN PRICE Publisher ALISON WATSON Account Manager GINA CAVACIUTI

ADVERTISING

Ad Manager TIM ROBINSON Senior Account Manager RICHARD COUTTS Account Manager BARRON EDWARD NOUBAN Classifieds Executive ELLIOTT WORTHINGTON

MARKETING

Circulation and Trade Manager VANYA BOWMAN Marketing Manager GEORGIE WALTON

PROMOTIONS

Head of Project Management HELEN DACRE Project Manager ZOE WILKINSON Chief Art Director MAILYNNE WOOLLEY Senior Promotions Art Director MARION TEMPEST

WEIGHT WATCHERS

Publishing and Content Manager SAMANTHA REES Publishing Projects Manager NICOLA KIRK Recipe Development Nutritionist STEPH WILLIAMS Recipe Development Assistant RUBY BAMFORD Weight Management Dietitian TONY HIRVING Head of Public Health ZOE GRIFFITHS

SEVEN

CEO SEAN KING Managing Director ROWAN MANNING Content Director NIC McCARTHY Chief Financial Officer, UK ANDRE FURSTENBERG Published by Seven Publishing, 3-7 Herbal Hill, London EC1R 5EJ 020 7775 7775 seven.co.uk weightwatchers@seven.co.uk ISSN 039-8095 TALLY CODE 751

This magazine is printed on paper using pulp from wellmanaged, certified forests. All rights reserved. Reproduction in part or in whole, without written permission of the publishers, is strictly prohibited. The publishers cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts.

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G A T H G I F R U O N I S U N I JO HEART RIDERS

You can join the fight for every heartbeat by taking on a British Heart Foundation event. Whether you’re a beginner looking to get fit, a keen fundraiser looking for a challenge or a regular sportsman or woman, we have an event that is perfect for you!

HEART RUNNERS

Saturday 24 March 2018

Sunday 25 February 2018

LONDON TO READING BIKE RIDE

HAREWOOD HOUSE HALF MARATHON AND 10K

Looking for a new year’s fitness goal? Get on your bike and take on our first major cycling event of the year. Sign up today and focus your sights on completing this inspirational 40 mile challenge. bhf.org.uk/londontoreading

Sunday 13 May 2018

COTSWOLDS BIKE RIDE

Take in some of the UK’s most beautiful spring countryside and soak up the atmosphere of the Cotswolds’ biggest cycling event – fit for cyclists of all ages and abilities. bhf.org.uk/cotswoldsbikeride

Sunday 8 July 2018

MILTON KEYNES BIKE RIDE

Take on our fantastic Milton Keynes Bike Ride this summer and join thousands of others in the fight against heart disease. Choose from 50 miles or 50km, on or off-road, and take your place in a cycling event to remember. bhf.org.uk/mkbikeride

Saturday 22 September 2018

LONDON TO BRIGHTON OFF-ROAD BIKE RIDE

Europe’s biggest charity mountain bike event is back for 2018. Our adrenaline pumping route takes all the best bits of off-road riding and crams them into one fun filled jam pack day out on your bike. bhf.org.uk/l2boffroad

Try running with a difference at this popular off-road Half-marathon and 10k. This extremely hilly route offers a challenging trail run with miles of muddy tracks and steep forest inclines, all set within the stunning grounds of this historic House. bhf.org.uk/harewood

Sunday 4 March 2018

WARWICK HALF MARATHON AND FAMILY FUN RUN

Take on 13.1 miles at Warwick’s only Half Marathon on this tough, traffic free route which will test even seasoned runners, but you’ll feel run-stoppable when you cross that finish line. 2018 sees the introduction of the 2.5k or 5k Family Fun Runs – a great way to get all the family involved. bhf.org.uk/warwick

Sunday 18 March 2018

QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK RUN

Follow in the footsteps of Olympic greats and fund lifesaving research by taking part in our Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Run. Take on either a 5k or 10k run on this inspiring course that takes in views of the impressive London Stadium. bhf.org.uk/QEOP


! E S A E S I D T R A E H T S N I A G Wednesday 2 May 2018

TOWER OF LONDON RUN

Take on a 5k or 10k and explore the wonders of this awesome fortress at this truly unique charity event. bhf.org.uk/tower

HEART TREKKERS Saturday 12 May 2018

Sunday 7 October 2018

BLENHEIM PALACE HALF MARATHON, 10K OR 2K FUN RUN

This impressive World Heritage site provides the backdrop for the Half Marathon, 10k or 2k Family Fun Run, offering something for all ages and abilities. bhf.org.uk/blenheim

S HEART SWIMMER Sunday 15 July 2018

BOURNEMOUTH PIER TO PIER SWIM

Join thousands of other supporters on Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim as you brave the English channel in this incredible 1.4 mile open water challenge. bhf.org.uk/P2P

LONDON TO HENLEY TREK

Back by popular demand for 2018, our London to Henley Trek is a fantastic way to take in some stunning sights, challenge yourself with a trek, as well as joining the fight against heart disease. bhf.org.uk/L2HTrek

Saturday 30 June - Sunday 1 July 2018

LONDON TO BRIGHTON TREK

Our most famous trek – from the city, through the countryside to the seaside – available as a day trek, or a full 100km challenge. bhf.org.uk/L2Btrek

Saturday 7 July 2018

YORKSHIRE 3 PEAKS CHALLENGE

Take on the famous Yorkshire 3 Peaks, covering 24 miles of hiking with over 5,000 feet of climbing, whilst enjoying the sights of the Yorkshire dales. bhf.org.uk/Y3P

Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 May 2018

LONDON TO OXFORD TREK

Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 July 2018

Sunday 20 May 2018

Are you tough enough to take on one of Scotland’s hardest walks? Tackling either the new 45km day or 100km challenge, you will walk between Scotland’s 2 largest cities. bhf.org.uk/G2Etrek

From the Capital to the historic university city of Oxford, heart trekkers can walk 100km through the day and night in one of our most difficult endurance challenges. bhf.org.uk/L2Otrek

GLASGOW TO EDINBURGH TREK

HADRIAN’S WALL HIKE

Built in 122AD, Hadrian’s Wall was built to defend against the north … but now it’s your time to conquer it by signing up to our 9 or 15 mile hike. bhf.org.uk/hadrians

To register for one of our events, please visit bhf.org.uk/events or call 0300 330 3322

© British Heart Foundation, registered charity in England and Wales (225971) and in Scotland (SC039426)


NEWS

THIS IS HOW WE DO Here comes Santa Claus… and weeks of parties, treats and drinks to fit around your healthy lifestyle. Christmas Day can be the hardest to manage, manage, as many of us will consume up to 7000 calories! But these smart members have learned how to stay on track – without missing out on any of the fun

Janet

‘I make the most of my wonderful support network and love attending meetings at Christmas time; hearing my members talk about their plans for the big day is always uplifting and inspiring.’ Read Janet’s story (P.29)

ngela

‘It’s important to focus on your happiness. I love having family time at Christmas – drinking mulled wine, listening to carols, shopping for gifts and going to see the local lights together. It always makes me feel positive and motivated.’ Read Angela’s story (P.26)

Leanne

‘Christmas is all about savouring good food. You can still indulge at Christmas so long as you stay healthy the rest of the time. That way you’ll appreciate the festive treats even more!’ Read Leanne’s story (P.94)

Sandra

‘Put the emphasis on party dress shopping rather than party food shopping – and remember, the first outfit isn’t always the one! I have lots of fun trying on different styles now – no more black trousers and baggy blouses for me.’ Read Sandra’s story (P.122)

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GET INTO THE

holiday spirit

Staying healthy doesn’t have to mean missing out on a festive tipple (or two) – just track it like you would anything else. Cheers!

L AGER

5 SmartPoints per pint If you like your bee lager is the mo r, SmartPoints fr st iendly pint you can d rink You can save ev . en more SmartPo ints by opting for a half pint, choosing a Bud Light at 3 Smartpoints , or even an alcohol-free Becks Blue for just 1 SmartPoint.

BAILEYS ORIGINAL IRISH CREAM 5 SmartPoints per 35ml Creamy and smooth, it’s the perfect after-dinner treat.

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3 Sm ml per 125 toast with Make a , fruity tipple. y this fizz

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PROSECCO

GIN AND SLIMLINE TONIC

2 SmartPoints per 25ml measure It’s a classic for a reason. Just remember to switch to water every other drink.

4 SmartPoints per 125ml Make a small glass of prosecco go further by topping it up with soda water – the SmartPoints will remain the same.

ALCOPOPS

per 27 Try half-sugar Rasp 5ml bottle Breezer for 4 Smar berry Bacardi tP compared to the re oints. It’s a steal gular lemon variety which comes in at 8 SmartPoints.

SPRUCE UP YOUR TREE! Lower stress levels this month with a few drops of pine essential oil* (alone or mixed with citrus oils) for a Christmassy scent that could boost your wellbeing. ‘Evergreen oils have a number of benefits,’ says aromatherapist Carole Preen. ‘I use them to treat clients with nervous exhaustion and stress-related conditions.’ Try spritzing a few pine cones with the oil and hanging them on your Christmas tree. The aroma is thought to bring feelings of peace and tranquillity.

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NEWS

OUR FOCUS ON THE FOOD

movie picks

HEADING TO THE CINEMA ON BOXING DAY? HERE’S WHAT TO WATCH

SCI-FI

*Essential oils should never be used during pregnancy without first consulting a professional therapist. Compiled by: Alicia Hattersley, Sarah Nittinger, Lara Palamoudian. Photography: Scott Grummett, Ian Harrison, Matt Monfredi, Chris O’Donovan, Shutterstock Stockists: Benefit (benefitcosmetics.com), Clinique (clinique.co.uk), Debenhams (debenhams.com), George at Asda (direct.asda.com), John Lewis (johnlewis.com), M&S (marksandspencer.com), Nails inc (nailsinc.com), Paperchase (paperchase.co.uk), River Island (riverisland.com)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Out 15 December The next chapter in everyone’s favourite sci-fi saga.

ADVENTURE

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Out 20 December The jungle classic gets a modern update as the characters find themselves living in a video game.

COMEDY

Nadine from the WW Kitchen Team, says: ‘Want to make your festive food shots more Insta-worthy? It’s easier than you think! Get started with these simple tips and you’ll soon be clocking up more likes and new followers…

For more inspo, check out Weight Watchers Gold Member and Insta star, Laura Meyer’s feed – @skinny kitchensecrets

NATURAL LIGHT IS FOOD’S BFF… If it’s early enough in the day, snap near a window or doorway to make the most of natural lighting. PLAY DOWN THE PLATE… Festive patterns on your tableware are pretty, but they can detract from the food. A solid-colour or plain white plate will make the food pop. IF IN DOUBT, LEAVE IT OUT… Remember that you don’t have to capture your whole dinner on one plate. Focus instead on the bits that look best. DON’T STOP AT JUST ONE SHOT… Take a few snaps from different angles or with alternative lighting so you can pick the nicest shot.

Quick-fix party picks ‘Pop these on-the-go beauty buys in your clutch to keep your look on point from happy hour right through to the last train home,’ says beauty expert Bryony Blake.

Pop Lacquer Lip Colour + Primer, £16.50, Clinique

SOS Pen, £13, Nails inc

They’re Real! Duo Eyeshadow Blender in Sexy Smokin’, £19.50, Benefit

Pitch Perfect 3 Out 22 December The Bellas reunite for one last hilarious tour (starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson).

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NEWS

S S E L S S E R T S THIS SEASON! More than a quarter of Brits admit to feeling stressed over the festive season (and mums in particular). But don’t let your Christmas spirit waver! With careful planning and a positive attitude, you can stay on track, banish anxiety and have fun.

THIS IS CLAIRE Height 5ft 3in Start weight 17st 11lb Goal weight 11st 7lb Current weight 11st 2lb Time taken to goal 1 year Meeting North Walsham Coach Lucy Conroy

Here’s how mum-of-two Claire Kightly, 43, does it… ‘I used to put so much pressure on myself to make Christmas magical for my family, that I’d end up being too stressed to enjoy it myself. But I’ve since realised that not everything has to be perfect for Christmas to be great, so now I’m much kinder to myself in the run-up to the big day. I’ve started planning Christmas earlier too, which has definitely helped. I write shopping lists for everything I need to buy, keep a record of all the gifts I’ve bought so I don’t double up, and have cut down the number of different dishes I cook on the day. It’s great being able to relax and properly enjoy the festivities now, knowing that if I slightly burn the roasties it’s really not a big deal. And if I find myself eating more than planned, rather than stress about it, I remind myself I have the tools needed to get straight back on track in the new year. Turn to P.90 for expert advice on how to beat your Christmas worries.

FANCY SOMETHING SWEET? With studies suggesting sugar can be as addictive as cocaine, your sweet ‘cravings’ can definitely be hard to beat. In fact, research shows that the more sugar we consume, the more we need to feel the same level of reward. But it isn’t all bad news! It’s easier to cut down your sugar intake over the festive period than you might think – small changes, like snacking on seasonal fruits, or choosing dark chocolate over milk, make a big difference. So next time you’re after something sweet, reach for a clementine or pomegranate instead.

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295 DAYS

is the time it takes to ‘make’ Christmas dinner – including sowing and growing time!


NEWS

This month we’re loving

Christmas tableware Deck the halls (and your table) with these festive dining accessories

YOUR NEW

STAY-HAPPY SECRET

You’ve probably heard of the Danish word hygge, meaning to enjoy simple pleasures. But what about the Japanese word Ikigai (pronounced Ik-ee-guy)? It’s the latest healthy lifestyle trend set to change our lives. Meaning ‘the thing that you live for’, your Ikigai is essentially what gets you out of bed

in the morning. So, that might be your kids, your career, or a life goal you’re devoted to. Decide what yours is (and you might have more than one) and allow it to inspire your 2018 resolutions. To stay motivated, try reminding yourself of your Ikigai whenever you’re struggling.

shine

A star-shaped bowl is perfect for serving healthy snacks Bowl, £10, Debenhams

TIME TO

Dress up plain napkins with fancy gold holders Napkin rings, £19.50 for 4, M&S

It’s taken months of hard work, but you finally fit into your LBD! Upgrade your look with some dazzling accessories. After all, Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a bit of sparkle…

Shake up a cocktail (or mocktail) with this stylish pick St Basil Cocktail Shaker, £25, John Lewis

Shoes, £45, Faith at Debenhams

Bag, £25, River Island

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For party dress ideas, turn to P.94

Start your party with a bang Crackers, £15 for 6, Paperchase


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IF THEY CAN DO IT, YOU CAN TOO!

JANET’S GOT HER FESTIVE SPIRIT BACK P.29

HOW THAT PHOTO CHANGED THEIR LIVES P.20

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SUCCESS

‘THE CHRISTMAS PHOTO THAT

Posing for festive pics used to be a low point of the holiday season for Jennifer Pulham, Angela Hoyle and Karen Jelves, rather than a chance to shine. But they managed to turn cringeworthy Christmas snaps into the motivation they needed to lose more than 16st between them! Now they’re all smiles, and ready for their close-ups… WORDS JILL FOSTER

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PHOTOGRAPHY IAN HARRISON


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SUCCESS

Karen

‘I LOST 7ST AFTER SEEING A HORRID PARTY PIC ON FACEBOOK’

W

aking up one morning in December 2015, I felt an immediate sense of dread. The night before, I’d been to a Christmas party with my girlfriends and it had taken me weeks to find a suitable dress. As a size 20-22, I had to scour the rails in shop after shop before finding something in my size. Finally I found a long sparkly maxi dress in the only colour I ever wore – black. Standing next to my slim, gorgeous friends that night, I was painfully aware of being the ‘big girl’ in the room, but I’d tried to put self-conscious feelings to the back of my mind and enjoy myself. However the next morning, as I scrolled through posts on Facebook, I burned with shame and embarrassment when I saw the party photos people had shared. I looked huge. The photos made me determined to never look like that at a Christmas party ever again. My weight problem started around the age of 18, when I met my husband Matthew and my lifestyle changed. Rather than going clubbing with mates, we’d go out for meals together or spend cosy nights in. Gradually, I piled on stone after stone. Being overweight became normal for me, and for a long time I assumed my size was something I couldn’t change. While it didn’t have an obvious affect on my health, my size did have an impact on Matthew and our As a size 22, I was kids Emma, 13, and painfully aware Harry, 11. If they went of being the ‘big girl’ at parties and lacked for a walk together, self-confidence I’d stay at home because I couldn’t keep up. And when

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we went on beach holidays, I’d cover up in trousers rather than go swimming with the kids. My social life suffered too. If friends invited me out, I’d make the effort to join them, but always felt very uneasy in my own skin. I’d tried different weight-loss plans over the years, but when each one failed, I became more certain that nothing could help me lose weight. One particular diet I’d tried was so drastic and unhealthy, I became ill and suffered from hair loss. So, when I walked through the door of my first Weight Watchers meeting in January 2016, I was very sceptical that it would work. In fact, signing up to yet another plan, I actually felt depressed. But then something clicked. I was stunned to find the plan didn’t make me feel deprived. I loved using the app and the fact I could track any food I liked. And if I fancied a treat, I could easily factor it into my weekly SmartPoints allowance. As the weight started to drop off, I began to feel more confident. By the end of the year, I’d lost more than 5st. That Christmas, shopping for a party dress was a joy and I even did a little dance in the changing room when I fitted into a size 14. The lovely comments I received from friends when I arrived at that party made me quite emotional. I couldn’t believe how far I’d come. This Christmas will be even better. I got to goal just after my 40th birthday in July this year, losing more than 7st. Slimming down has made me feel so much happier and more confident. This party season, I won’t be dreading social media – I’ll be posting plenty of photos myself!


7st 2lb LOST!

This is KAREN

START WEIGHT 17st 13lb

GOAL WEIGHT 10st 11lb

CURRENT WEIGHT 10st 11lb

Age 40 HEIGHT 5ft 6in

JOINED

January 2016

TIME TAKEN TO GOAL MONTHS

YEAR

16

Meeting

Ibstock, Leicestershire

Coach

Jo Wyld

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TThis Th h isi isi

JENNIFER START WEIGHT 15st 7lb

GOAL WEIGHT 9st 10lb

CURRENT WEIGHT 9st 4lb

Age 38 HEIGHT 5ft 2in

JOINED

January 2016

TIME TAKEN TO GOAL MONTHS

11

Meeting

St Joseph’s Primary School, Portishead, Somerset

C Coach

Sian Miller

6st 3lb L OS T!

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SUCCESS

Jennier

‘MY SNOWSUIT SHAME INSPIRED ME TO LOSE 6ST’

C

hristmas has always been a magical time for me and my husband Darren. We love the lights, the music, the traditions… all of it. So when we booked a five-day break to Lapland in December 2015, I couldn’t wait. Meeting Santa and his reindeer made me feel like a kid again and the trip was great fun. We’d booked an evening husky sleigh ride over a frozen lake, hoping we’d see the northern lights. But when our guide handed out all-in-one thermal suits to wear on the tour, I feared I’d struggle to zip mine up over my size-22 frame. Sure enough, I couldn’t fit into it and as the guide tried to help me, he yelled out to a colleague asking them to bring the biggest size they had. I could have died from embarrassment. I’d always been quite confident, despite my body shape, but that mortifying experience made me think it might be time to do something about my weight. After Darren and I got home, looking through our holiday photos only reinforced that feeling. Plus, I was nearing 40 and knew that I if I got any heavier, my weight would surely have an impact on my health. At 30 I found out I suffer from an underactive thyroid, which can cause tiredness, among other symptoms. Working as a nanny, I needed lots of energy to run around after young children, and I knew that being overweight only made my fatigue symptoms worse. I also realised I wanted to be able to wear my ‘slim’

clothes again. My wardrobe was bursting with outfits ranging from size 12 to 22, and I longed to be able to fit into some of my smaller clothes again. I’d lost 4st with Weight Watchers when I was in my 20s, so I knew it worked. But I feared it wouldn’t be as easy a second time around at age 37. However, after my first week on the plan, I was overjoyed to lose more than 6lb. It really spurred me on to change my lifestyle. I stopped drinking wine during the week and decided to only enjoy it on weekends and special occasions. I soon found I appreciated it so much more when I wasn’t mindlessly drinking a few glasses every night. I also stopped buying pre-made sauces and started cooking from scratch. It was amazing to discover how many so-called ‘nutritious’ convenience foods are actually high in SmartPoints, and how much better – and healthier – homemade versions can be. Signing myself up for vibration-plate classes, going to a gym, and running were also a major part of overhauling my lifestyle. The weight came off steadily and a year after joining, I got to goal. As a treat, Darren took me clothes shopping, and it felt wonderful Our holidayi to buy dresses to had been fun,i but my weighti wear to that year’s had made mei Christmas parties. embarrassedi Two weeks later, we were back in Lapland ready for another sleigh ride. And when our guide handed out thermal suits, I took a small size and zipped it up with ease. That was the best Christmas present ever. Weight Watchers Magazine / 25


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SUCCESS

ngela

‘BYE-BYE BABY WEIGHT, HELLO HOT MAMA! HOW I DROPPED FIVE DRESS SIZES’

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overing up in a baggy black cardigan on Christmas Day 2011, and avoiding the camera, I was feeling anything but festive. As a mum to my daughter Bronte and new baby Baxter, I should have been enjoying Christmas with my beautiful children, but instead I felt utterly miserable. I’d been shocked by recent photos of myself and felt painfully embarrassed about how overweight I was. That Christmas, I didn’t even want to be photographed next to my lovely husband, John-Paul, as I felt I was somehow letting him down. But I didn’t know what to do about it. I’d given birth to our son Baxter five months earlier and was still carrying the 4st I’d gained during my pregnancy. I felt ashamed about wearing a size 18-20 and would carry Baxter in a baby sling on my chest in an attempt to hide my body. That year, invitations to festive drinks and meals were all turned down – I used my new baby as an excuse to hide away at home. When my mum came over on Christmas Day, I found the answer I needed. She’d lost more than a stone and looked amazing. When I asked how she’d done it, she told me she’d joined Weight Watchers. I felt ashamed of my That was my lightbulb size that Christmas but didn't know how moment. I asked to join her, to deal with it and although she suggested I wait until after Christmas, I wanted to sign up immediately. 26 \ Weight Watchers Magazine

On New Year’s Eve, I walked into my first meeting feeling anxious about what I’d see on the scales. When I realised my weight had crept up beyond 15st, I felt my lip wobble and thought I might break down in tears. But my Coach, Lisa, was encouraging and that night I went home feeling hopeful and inspired. After joining Weight Watchers one of the biggest lifestyle changes I made was developing new skills in the kitchen. I used to only cook three things in rotation – spag bol, tuna bake and chilli. Now I love discovering new recipes and ingredients. I became much more active too. I’m no gym bunny, but I started walking Bronte to school and taking Baxter for long strolls in his pram. The weight came off steadily during the first six months, then slowed down. But helping out at my meeting kept me motivated, and knowing I had to be there each week always got me off the sofa. I even decided to train to become a Coach myself. By the time my birthday came around that October, I’d reached my goal weight, was wearing a size 10 and started coaching six weekly meetings. I was over the moon. Losing weight changed my world completely. I maintained my goal weight for three years, but when I gave up smoking, I regained some weight. Now, I’m healthier for it and know I can get back on track with just a little determination. As for Christmas, it’s become one of my favourite times of the year. I’m more confident, I can wear whatever I like, and if there’s ever a party to go to, I’m there!


TThis Th h isi isi

ANGELA START WEIGHT 15st 2lb

GOAL WEIGHT 10st 6lb

CURRENT WEIGHT 11st 4lb

Age 36 HEIGHT 5ft 4in

JOINED

December 2011

10

MONTHS

TIME TAKEN TO GOAL

Meeting

Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire

C Coach

Lisa Davies

4st 10lb L OS T!

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After a difficult few years, I found myself turning to food for comfort more and more often. I knew I was putting on weight, but it wasn’t until I went to buy a Christmas party dress in 2011 that I realised just how out of control my eating had become. I’d gone from a size 10 to a size 14, and at 5ft, that felt quite big. I decided there and then to join Weight Watchers in the new year.

BEST FESTIVE ADVICE

Life can get hectic during the holidays, but make sure you keep attending your meetings. It’s just one hour out of your week, but it can go a long way in helping you stay on track and remain motivated at Christmas. Think of it as well-deserved ‘me time’.

BEST YULETIDE TREAT

It’s just not Christmas without mulled cider and Christmas chutney! I make my own now so I know exactly what’s in them and can easily track the SmartPoints. I just love all the warming spices – they definitely put me in a festive mood!

This is JANET

START WEIGHT 10st 3lb

2st 3lb

GOAL WEIGHT 8st

LOST!

CURRENT WEIGHT 8st 5lb

Age 51 HEIGHT 5ft

JOINED

January 2012

TIME TAKEN TO GOAL

13

MONTHS

Christmas hasn’t always been merry and bright for Janet Lomax, but after dropping a few dress sizes, she’s rediscovered the festive spirit and is ready to celebrate in style…

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YEAR

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Before

xst xlb

Meeting

Westhoughton, Bolton

Coach

Claire Bond

BEST HOLIDAY MAINTENANCE STRATEGY

Trying new festive recipes helps motivate me to stick with the plan over Christmas. I’m not a fantastic cook, but I try. And if that fails, my Labrador, Buster, makes sure I get plenty of exercise!

BEST CHRISTMAS-DAY RULE

Enjoy it! The day should be about spending quality time with loved ones, so don’t make food the entire focus. Try your best, but if you do veer off track, just draw a line under it and start fresh once the festivities are over.

BEST NEW YEAR RESOLUTION

I’ve recently taken up cycling and love it, so my biggest goal for next year is to get fitter and improve my technique so I can tackle some big hills. Weight Watchers Magazine / 29


SUCCESS

‘MY SON SAID I HAD

a belly like Santa. HE WASN’T WRONG...’ Every Christmas, for as long as he can remember, Matt Bradley found a bumper bar of Toblerone waiting for him under the tree. Not this year though. He’s asked Santa for a new pair of trainers instead! That’s the difference a year and a 6st weight loss makes

L

WORDS JANE COMMON

ots of people suffer with the post-Christmas blues but on 2 January this year, I felt especially gloomy. I’d bent down to cut my toenails only to discover I could no longer reach them. Red in the face from the exertion, I stepped on the bathroom scales and realised why: I was 17st 13lb, my heaviest ever. A day earlier my five-year-old son Oscar had joked that I had a belly like Santa, and he wasn’t wrong. I realised I needed to do something about my weight, so I snapped a quick selfie – in my underpants – to keep me motivated over the coming months.

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PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS O’DONOVAN

I’d carried a bit of extra weight since my teenage years and found chocolate and beer hard to resist. Occasionally I’d go through phases of eating more healthily and going for long runs, but they never lasted. And although working as an engineer for the RAF meant I had to stay reasonably strong in order to pass the twice-yearly fitness test, my size bothered me. I’d laugh easily and appeared to be outgoing, but deep down I felt really self-conscious about my body. Shopping for clothes was something I particularly hated. Embarrassed, I’d grab the biggest shirt I could find on the rack then get out of the shop as quickly as possible.

Before


My partner Liz, and son Oscar, have supported me every step of the way

This is MAT T

START WEIGHT 17st 13lb

GOAL WEIGHT 11st 13lb

CURRENT WEIGHT 11st 9lb

Age 42 HEIGHT 5ft 11in

JOINED

January 2017

LOST!

9

MONTHS

6st 4lb

TIME TAKEN TO GOAL

Meeting

Holyhead, Anglesey

Coach

Jenny Jones Weight Watchers Magazine / 31


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THIS CHRISTMAS I’LL STILL ENJOY A TURKEY ROAST,

BUT I WON'T GORGE MYSELF

UNTIL I CAN’T MOVE

Oscar’s the first to remind me to stay on track!

M AT T’S PA RTNER, L I Z , S AYS: ‘Matt had always grumbled about his weight, but it began to really bother him over the past few years. I’d welcome him home on Fridays with chips, dips and wine, but sometimes he’d ask me not to. “I’m trying to be good,” he’d say. Since Matt joined Weight Watchers, our eating habits as a family have improved. We now buy wholewheat pasta instead of white, and even Oscar happily chomps away on carrot sticks like Daddy. As for me, I’ve lost 7lb in the process! Matt’s definitely happier too. He’s always been outgoing, but he has more self-confidence now. And a new hobby – shopping! He used to say the clothes I bought him were too clingy and would ask me to return them. Now he’s walking around in skinny jeans! Oscar and I are so proud of him.’

The cover-up wasn’t successful with Oscar though. He’d still point at my belly and giggle: ‘Daddy’s got a wobbly tummy!’ I’d always laugh along with him, but it did sting.

BREAKING OLD HABITS

Last Christmas my partner Liz, Oscar and I travelled from our home in Cheshire to North Wales to visit family. It was my usual festive routine – sweets and chocolate at the pantomime with Oscar, nights out drinking beer with old mates and waking up on Christmas Day with a hangover. Mum put on an all-day spread of party food – sausage rolls and Scotch eggs were my particular favourites – while Dad cooked a turkey with all the trimmings. After lunch came

Christmas pudding, then I got stuck into my usual oversized Toblerone. But after years of over-indulgence, I was paying the price and knew I had to stop. My colleague Bryony was a Weight Watchers member and I’d seen how well the plan had worked for her. So I signed up online and a week later, joined Bryony at her meeting, which was near to the RAF base in Anglesey where I lived during the week. I’m quite a competitive, task-focused person and losing 7lb in my first week spurred me on. Our Coach, Jenny, was so supportive and determined to help us – she was always so proud whenever anyone lost a few pounds. Because of her dedication, I was motivated to work even harder, as I didn’t want to let her down. Weight Watchers Magazine / 33


SUCCESS

I started off on a daily allowance of 40 SmartPoints, then reduced it. I used the app to track what I ate and, when I returned home at weekends, Liz and I would experiment with Weight Watchers recipes, cooking a mean garlic chicken curry or gluten-free carrot cake. I also started running again, and it wasn’t long before I was managing five miles most days. Headphones on, I’d just go for it – and it was exhilarating. My new, healthier lifestyle meant I soon reached my goal weight of 11st 13lb. To celebrate, I treated myself to my old favourite takeaway: battered sausage, chips and curry sauce. But after a few mouthfuls, I realised I wasn’t enjoying it. My whole mindset around food had changed.

CONFIDENCE BOOST

I’m so happy to be rid of my Santa belly in time for Christmas

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I went on to lose a total of 6st 4lb – and gained so much belief in myself. Apart from a pair of 42 inch-waist shorts, which I’ve kept as a reminder not to return to my old ways, I sold all my old, baggy clothes at a car boot sale. Then I went out and bought a pair of skinny jeans with a 32-inch waist! Now it’s all about moderation. If Oscar sees me with a slice of pizza he’ll nag: ‘Daddy, you can’t eat that.’ ‘Yes, Daddy can – he’s maintaining,’ I’ll remind him. But generally I still stick to my daily SmartPoints allowance, with the occasional Nando’s thrown in. This Christmas I’ll still enjoy a few beers with my mates and tuck into my dad’s turkey roast, but I won’t gorge myself until I’m so full I can hardly move. Then on Boxing Day – okay, maybe the day after – I’ll go for a run. At 42, I’m 2st lighter than I was at 22. That’s incredible! And there’s no way a bumper bar of Toblerone could ever compete with a confidence boost like that.

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GLUTEN-FREE Recipes do not include any ingredients that contain gluten. VEGETARIAN Recipes that are meat-free and use only vegetarian ingredients. NO COUNT Recipes that are completely suitable for No Count are ticked, right. For some recipes, we’ve also shown the number of SmartPoints you’ll need from your weekly allowance (in brackets).

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December

In this issue... P.44 Oat & almond crumbed salmon traybake

7

P.45 Lemongrass chicken with rice & lentil salad

8

(+3)

P.45 Sausages with chickpea mash & braised red cabbage

5

P.47 Chilli crab on cucumber

0

P.47 Melon, mozzarella & mint skewers

1

P.47 Prosciutto-wrapped apple wedges

1

P.47 Smoked trout & cream cheese boats

1

P.47 Squash & ricotta bruschetta

1

P.51 Smoked salmon wreath

4

P.53 Garlic turkey with butternut, sultana & pistachio stuffing

7

P.55 Beetroot Wellington

7

P.57 Crispy pan potatoes with rosemary P.57 Maple & chilli-spiced roasted root vegetables

4

3

P.57 Roasted cauliflower with parmesan

1

P.57 Shredded Brussels sprouts with bacon

2

P.59 Black Forest roulade

5

P.59 Spiced satsuma roulade

4

P.61 Cheat’s trifle

5

(+1)

P.62 North African-style warm rice salad with spicy roasted aubergine

7

P.65 Smoky turkey & sweet potato stew

6

P.66 Penne with turkey, bacon & Brussels sprouts

8

P.70 Japanese-style salmon stir-fry

4

P.70 Pork mee goreng

12

P.71

5

P.73 Indian-style vegetable stir-fry

8

P.74 Turkey larb

6

P.80 Baked oat waffles

4

Korean chicken & kimchi fried rice

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P.80 Chai porridge

7

(+3)

P.80 Mexican scrambled eggs

4

P.80 Simple herb omelette

2

P.80 Winter fruit salad

2

P.81 Asian-style turkey wrap

5

P.81 Bacon & tomato pasta

6

P.81 Butternut squash soup with harissa

2

P.81 Cauliflower, coconut & turmeric soup

6

P.81 Lentil, ham & rocket salad

9

P.82 Mushroom ‘pizzas’

7

P.83 ‘Boodles’ with harissa meatballs

4

P.84 Warm kale, squash & chicken salad with a chorizo crumb

5

P.85 Prosciutto-wrapped haddock with celeriac mash

3

P.85 Spaghetti arrabbiata with squid

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Our talented WW Kitchen team are dedicated to finding tasty new ways to stay on track. This month, they’re embracing new zero Points foods.

SAY HELLO TO YOUR

NEW ZERO HEROES!

You’re going to love Weight Watchers Flex. We’ve kept what works – the SmartPoints system that you know and love is still here, but now, it’s even better! We’ve expanded the number of zero Points foods so there’s less for you to count and track – making the plan easier to follow than ever before. And it’s much more flexible too! Now you can choose to use fewer SmartPoints one day, and roll the leftovers into your weeklies to use another day. Members who have tried it love this new way of living Weight Watchers – we’re sure you will too. So, say hello to the new zero Points foods, and goodbye to worrying about what you’re going to cook for dinner… 42 \ Weight Watchers Magazine

Chicken breast


SARAH AKHURST FOOD EDITOR

NADINE BROWN SENIOR FOOD ASSISTANT

LINZI BRECHIN FOOD TEAM MANAGER

All our SmartPoints recipes and ideas are tried and tested. Let us know what foodie experiments you’d like the team to trial by emailing them at foodteam@seven.co.uk

Salmon

Chickpeas Weight Watchers Magazine / 43


Step inside the

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2

eggs

1 UNSMOKED FISH AND SHELLFISH

Nadine says: ‘The best thing about eggs? Their versatility! And not just when it comes to breakfast. A veg-filled omelette is one of my favourite lunches and shakshuka for dinner is a lovely, warming treat at this time of year.’

‘I love tucking into comforting fish pies and traybakes when the temperature drops, and so does my family. So I’m thrilled that unsmoked fish and shellfish are now zero Points foods. What’s even more exciting is that frozen fish and tinned fish in water also have zero SmartPoints!’ Sarah says:

3

FAT-FREE PLAIN YOGURT

OAT & ALMOND CRUMBED SALMON TRAYBAKE

Recipes: Sarah Akhurst, Nadine Brown, Gabriella English. Photography: Adrian Lawrence. Food styling: Kathy Kordalis. Prop styling: Luis Peral. Additional photography: Alamy, Shutterstock

SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 10 minutes ~ Cook time 45 minutes ~ Calories 481 per serving ~ SmartPoints 7 per serving INGREDIENTS

METHOD

750g new potatoes, halved Calorie controlled cooking spray 20g oats 20g flaked almonds 1½ tbsp clear honey 1½ tbsp wholegrain mustard 400g broccoli florets, halved 4 skinless salmon fillets 1 tbsp lemon juice, plus lemon wedges 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. Put the new potatoes in a large roasting tin, mist with cooking spray then season and roast for 30 minutes, turning once, until golden. 2 Meanwhile, combine the oats, almonds and ½ tbsp each of the honey and wholegrain mustard. Press the mixture onto the salmon to form a crust.

AND DON’T FORGET SOME

old favourites! With Christmas looming, the time is ripe to remind you of some very festive zero heroes

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3 Add the broccoli to the roasting tin with the potatoes, then top with the salmon. Mist with cooking spray, season, and bake for 12-14 minutes until the crumb is golden, the fish is cooked and the vegetables are tender. 4 Whisk together the remaining honey and mustard, lemon juice and dill until combined. Season then drizzle over the traybake. 5 Top with extra dill if you like and serve with the lemon wedges.

FRESH CRANBERRIES

‘They’re a key ingredient Sarah says: in a certain must-have sauce, but fresh, juicy cranberries are so much more than just a tasty trimming for Christmas lunch. A source of vitamin C, they’re at their best right now, adding tartness to puds and festive cocktails.’

Sarah says: ‘I’m already a massive fan of yogurt, eating it with berries when I’m peckish, or using it in place of cream to cool down curries and make dips, dressings and marinades. I’ll be using it even more now!’ (Including Greek-style, Skyr and unsweetened plain soya yogurts)

CARROTS

‘Roasted in a little honey or maple syrup, carrots are a gorgeous addition to your Christmas lunch – and are delicious all throughout the winter too. Try boiling and mashing them for an alternative cottage pie topping, or dicing to bulk up homemade soups.’ Linzi says:


5 CHICKEN AND TURKEY BREAST

4 BEANS AND PULSES ‘Beans are a cheap storecupboard staple – I use them to bulk up stews and soups. Now that they’re a zero Points food, I’ll be using them in side dishes too.’ (All pulses that are fresh, frozen or tinned without oil or added sugar, including beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils) Linzi says:

‘My weekly shop

Nadine says: isn’t complete

until I’ve put some chicken breast fillets in my trolley. My daughter loves chicken, and I find it easy to keep things fresh by cooking with different herbs, spices or marinades.’ (Skinless chicken and turkey breast)

SAUSAGES WITH CHICKPEA MASH & BRAISED RED CABBAGE

LEMONGRASS CHICKEN WITH RICE & LENTIL SALAD

SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Cook time 30 minutes ~ Calories 327 per serving ~ SmartPoints 5 per serving

SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 10 minutes + marinating ~ Cook time 15 minutes ~ Calories 429 per serving ~ SmartPoints 8 per serving

INGREDIENTS

METHOD

INGREDIENTS

METHOD

8 reduced-fat sausages Calorie controlled cooking spray 1 red cabbage, shredded 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tbsp redcurrant jelly 4 cloves 2 shallots, finely diced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves picked and chopped 2 x 400g tins chickpeas, drained and rinsed 150ml chicken stock, made with ¼ stock cube 1 tbsp half-fat crème fraîche Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. Cook the sausages in the oven for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until cooked through. 2 Meanwhile, mist a large pan with cooking spray, add the cabbage, vinegar, jelly, cloves and a little water. Season. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, adding more water if needed. 3 Meanwhile, mist a pan with cooking spray and cook the shallots, garlic and rosemary for 10 minutes. Add the chickpeas and stock and cook for 2 minutes. Season, then mash and stir through the crème fraîche and parsley. Serve with the sausages and cabbage.

Juice of 1 lime 1½ tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp clear honey 1 lemongrass stalk, outer section removed, white part finely chopped 4 skinless chicken breast fillets Calorie controlled cooking spray

1 Combine the lime juice, soy sauce, honey and lemongrass, then pour over the chicken. Cover and marinate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight. 2 To make the salad, warm the rice and lentils to pack instructions then combine with the remaining ingredients. Season. 3 Mist a frying pan with cooking spray and cook the chicken (reserving the marinade) for 5 minutes on each side, until cooked. Remove from the pan, then simmer the reserved marinade for 2 minutes, until thick and sticky. 4 Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve with the salad and lime wedges.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS

‘You either love them or Nadine says: hate them, but there’s no denying that Brussels sprouts are as much a part of Christmas as Santa. Go for plump, bright green sprouts with tight-packed leaves.’

CITRUS FRUITS

‘Satsumas and Sarah says: clementines are festive staples. Stuff in the toe of a Christmas stocking, or use satsumas as a filler of a different kind in our roulade recipe on P.59.’

For the salad 250g pouch cooked basmati rice 250g pouch cooked Puy lentils 1 tbsp sesame oil Juice of 1 lime, plus wedges to serve 200g radishes, trimmed and sliced 4 spring onions, trimmed and sliced Handful coriander leaves, chopped

FIGS

‘Trying to cut

Nadine says: back on refined

sugar? Use fresh figs to naturally sweeten winter bakes. Or for a super simple canapé, wrap them in a thin slice of salty prosciutto and bake until crisp.’

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Friends popping around for a glass of something bubbly? Keep catering simple (and tracking easy) with these low SmartPoints canapés PHOTOGRAPHY LAUREN MCLEAN FOOD STYLING VICKI SMALLWOOD

CHILLI CRAB ON CUCUMBER

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SMOKED TROUT & CREAM CHEESE BOATS

PROSCIUTTO-WRAPPED APPLE WEDGES

Season and dress 60g rocket with the juice of ½ lemon. Core and slice 1 apple into 16 wedges and toss with the juice of the remaining ½ lemon. Arrange 16 slices of prosciutto on a board and place a few rocket leaves and a wedge of apple on each. Tightly roll the prosciutto around each apple wedge, then drizzle over 1 tsp olive oil and season with black pepper. MAKES 16 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Calories 44 per canapé ~ SmartPoints 1 per canapé

CHILLI CRAB ON CUCUMBER

Combine 100g flaked white crab meat, 50g finely diced mango, ½ tbsp sweet chilli sauce, 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander and a squeeze of lime. Slice a cucumber into 16 x 1cm-thick slices. Top each cucumber slice with the crab mixture and garnish with finely sliced red chilli. MAKES 16 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Calories 8 per canapé ~ SmartPoints 0 per canapé

MELON, MOZZARELLA & MINT SKEWERS

Pick 32 large fresh mint leaves and set aside. Finely chop a small handful of fresh mint and whisk with 1 tbsp sherry vinegar, 2 tsp honey and 1 tsp olive oil. Season to taste. Using a melon baller, scoop 32 balls from a cantaloupe melon. If you don’t have a melon baller, you can cut into small cubes. Thread a melon ball onto a small skewer followed by a mint leaf, a mini mozzarella ball, a second mint leaf and a second melon ball. Repeat to make 16 skewers. Drizzle over the mint dressing to serve. MAKES 16 ~ Prep time 25 minutes ~ Calories 45 per skewer ~ SmartPoints 1 per skewer

SQUASH & RICOTTA BRUSCHETTA

MELON, MOZZARELLA & MINT SKEWERS

SMOKED TROUT & CREAM CHEESE BOATS

Combine 75g low-fat soft cream cheese, 3 tbsp half-fat crème fraîche, 1½ tsp chopped fresh dill and the juice of ½ lemon. Season. Flake in 185g hot smoked trout and gently stir to combine. Spoon into 16 cup-shaped radicchio leaves. Sprinkle over cayenne pepper and garnish with more fresh dill. MAKES 16 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Calories 41 per boat ~ SmartPoints 1 per boat

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SQUASH & RICOTTA BRUSCHETTA

Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. Put 450g peeled and cubed butternut squash on a baking tray, mist with calorie controlled cooking spray and drizzle over 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar and 1 tbsp clear honey. Season. Bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing halfway. Let cool. Slice a 125g French stick into 16 slices then toast on a hot griddle, on both sides. Cut a garlic clove in half and rub the cut sides over the toasts then spread with 150g ricotta and top with the squash. Garnish with ¼ tsp chilli flakes and 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley. MAKES 16 ~ Prep time 25 minutes ~ Cook time 25 minutes ~ Calories 50 per bruschetta ~ SmartPoints 1 per bruschetta


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CHRISTMAS LUNCH

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You’ve picked the perfect gifts, decorated the tree and remembered carrots for Rudolph. Now, what about Christmas lunch? There’s no need to feel daunted by the big day: our three-course-menu has everything you need for a delicious festive feast that’s just the right level of indulgent PHOTOGRAPHY SCOTT GRUMMETT

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It's the most wonderful time of the year... Especially for foodies! Our show-stopping spread is bound to please everyone around your table this Christmas. Plus, we’ve included tips and trick for stress-free prep, so there’s no need to slave away for days on end. Follow our guide and there’ll be plenty of time on 25 December to open presents under the tree and enjoy a canapé or two! Our menu also makes the most of zero Points ingredients, with loads of festive flavour thrown in, so you can have a feast that looks and tastes indulgent, but won’t send you off track. 50 \ Weight Watchers Magazine


Starter SMOKED SALMON WREATH

Pretty wreaths aren’t just for the front door! This one makes an impressive starter – but don’t tell your guests how simple it was to make… SERVES 6 ~ Prep time 20 minutes ~ Cook time under 5 minutes ~ Calories 163 per serving ~ SmartPoints 4 per serving INGREDIENTS 2 celery sticks 1 cucumber 30g wild rocket 240g wild smoked salmon Handful edible flowers (optional) 100g rye bread, thinly sliced and toasted For the dressing 2 tbsp gin 2 tbsp horseradish sauce Pared zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 tsp clear honey 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill ½ tbsp olive oil METHOD 1 Using a julienne peeler, shave the celery and put it in a bowl of iced water to curl. Use a vegetable peeler to peel the cucumber into ribbons (you’ll need about 150g of cucumber ribbons). Lift the curled celery from the ice bath and drain on kitchen paper. 2 Scatter most of the rocket around the edge of a round serving platter. Arrange the celery curls and cucumber ribbons in clusters on top, like decorations on a wreath. Roll pieces of the smoked salmon and add to the wreath along with the edible flowers, if using. Finish with the remaining rocket. 3 To make the dressing, whisk together the gin, horseradish sauce, lemon juice and zest, honey and dill in a jug. Continue whisking as you add the oil. Put in a small bowl in the centre of the platter and let guests dress their own serving of salad. Serve with the toasted rye bread on the side. COOK’S TIP You could use smoked trout instead of smoked salmon, if you prefer a more subtle flavour – the SmartPoints will remain the same.

IN THE (SAINT) NICK OF TIME

Intimidated by playing host? A little bit of planning will keep your menu on track (and you feeling jolly!) PEEL AND PREP Vegetables such as celeriac, parsnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower can all be peeled and chopped, then stored in airtight containers in the fridge up to two days ahead of time, which makes your side dishes a cinch.

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MAKE DESSERT FIRST Bake the roulade the day before, then roll, cover and chill. When everyone starts asking ‘What’s for pudding?’ take it out of the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature before filling, re-rolling and decorating.

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START ON CHRISTMAS EVE Make the stuffing for your turkey the day before Christmas, then cover and chill in the fridge. Whipping up a veggie feast instead? Roast your beetroot and cook your mushroom filling the night before. Allow everything to come to room

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temperature before forming your Wellington, then pop it in the oven to bake for 45 minutes before serving. MAKE A TIMELINE If you want to serve lunch at 3pm, you’ll need to get your turkey in the oven by 9.20am. Likewise, if you’re hosting a night-time affair and want to serve your main at 7pm, start cooking your turkey at 1.20pm.

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MAKE YOUR OVEN MULTIPURPOSE While the oven might need to be a low temperature to start cooking the potatoes, you end up increasing it later on, to the same temperature needed to cook the root veg and cauliflower dishes. So, use every shelf in your oven and cook dishes on rotation, saving energy and time. When each one is done, remove and cover with kitchen foil to keep warm.

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turke

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The Main Event

GARLIC TURKEY WITH BUTTERNUT, SULTANA & PISTACHIO STUFFING

It’s the star of the show – and the outstanding stuffing makes it even more special SERVES 6 WITH LEFTOVERS ~ Prep time 40 minutes ~ Cook time 4 hours 40 minutes + cooling + resting ~ Calories 340 per 120g serving ~ SmartPoints 7 per 120g serving INGREDIENTS 5.5kg whole turkey 6 fresh sage leaves Few sprigs fresh thyme ½ orange, sliced 20g low-fat spread 3 garlic cloves, crushed For the stuffing Calorie controlled cooking spray 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 celery sticks, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 300g prepared butternut squash, diced 50g sultanas Juice of ½ orange 75g white breadcrumbs 25g pistachio kernels, chopped 6 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped 3 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves picked 250ml vegetable stock, made with 1 stock cube METHOD 1 To make the stuffing, mist a large pan with cooking spray, then cook the onion, celery and garlic over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until just golden. 2 Add the butternut squash, sultanas and orange juice, then reduce the heat to low. Cook, covered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a bowl and add the breadcrumbs, pistachios and herbs. Stir in the stock then set aside to cool completely. 3 Once the stuffing has cooled, start to prepare the turkey. Preheat the oven to its highest setting. Pat the turkey with kitchen paper, inside and out, then put it on a board with the neck facing you. Gently peel back the loose skin and work your fingers underneath, freeing it from the breast meat. Carefully tuck the sage, thyme and orange slices into the

space between the skin and breast meat, then fold the flap of loose skin underneath the bird to enclose. 4 Stuff the turkey cavity with the cooled stuffing mixture, until it’s around three-quarters full – you should be able to still fit part of your hand into the cavity along with the stuffing. 5 Weigh the stuffed turkey to calculate the cooking time – it will require 20 minutes per 500g. Put the turkey in a large roasting tin. Combine the low-fat spread and crushed garlic in a small bowl, then rub the mixture all over the bird, seasoning well. Loosely cover with kitchen foil and put in the preheated oven. Immediately lower the temperature

to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas mark 4, and roast for the calculated time, basting the turkey with its juices every hour. When the juices from the thigh meat run clear when pierced with a knife or skewer, remove the kitchen foil and cook for a further 40 minutes to brown the skin. 6 Cover a large board with kitchen foil. Lift the turkey from the roasting tin and transfer to the board, cover with more foil and rest for at least 1 hour. Carve the turkey and serve 120g per person. COOK’S TIP You can also check if the turkey is cooked by inserting a digital meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh – it should reach 70°C.

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Vegetarian Option BEETROOT WELLINGTON

Skip the nut loaf: this inviting main will satisfy vegetarians and meat-eaters too SERVES 8 ~ Prep time 30 minutes ~ Cook time 1 hour 45 minutes + cooling ~ Calories 221 per serving ~ SmartPoints 7 per serving INGREDIENTS 5 whole beetroot, trimmed and peeled Calorie controlled cooking spray 1 tsp dried rosemary 3 shallots, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 3 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves picked 250g chestnut mushrooms, very finely chopped, or blitzed in a food processor 50ml dry white wine 30g walnut halves, chopped 200g young leaf spinach 375g ready-rolled reduced-fat shortcrust pastry (we used Sainsbury’s Ready Rolled Light Shortcrust Pastry) 50g white breadcrumbs 1 egg yolk ½ tsp black sesame seeds METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. Put the beetroot in a small roasting tin, mist with cooking spray, scatter over the dried rosemary and season. Cover with kitchen foil and roast for 1 hour, or until tender and easily pierced with a fork. Set aside to cool. 2 Meanwhile, mist a large pan with cooking spray and cook the shallots over a low heat, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes until lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute, then add the thyme and mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms for 5 minutes or until tender, then add the wine, cooking for 8-10 minutes, or until the wine has evaporated and the mushrooms are cooked through. Remove from the heat and stir in the walnuts. Allow to cool. 3 Microwave the spinach until wilted. Allow to cool, then, using your hands, squeeze out as much liquid from the spinach as possible. Transfer to a bowl and season well. 4 If you prepared the beetroot the day before, preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6 and line a baking

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tray with baking paper. Unroll the pastry onto the prepared tray, with the short side closest to you. Scatter the breadcrumbs over the pastry, leaving a 5cm border on all sides. Arrange the spinach in a line down the centre of the left half of the pastry strip. Arrange the beetroot in a row on top, then spoon over the mushrooms, using your hands to tightly pack the mixture around the beetroot. 5 Fold the right half of the pastry over the filling. Trim excess pastry from the ends (you’ll cut off around 50g), then press the edges with your fingers or the back of a fork to seal. Whisk the egg yolk with 1 tsp water then brush the mixture over the pastry. Cut five slashes across the top, then scatter over the sesame seeds. 6 Bake the Wellington for 45 minutes, until the pastry is crisp and turns a deep golden colour.

Make your festive plate great with time-saving, ready-made extras

GRAVY

Sarah says: ‘Try a heat-and-eat gravy flavoured with sage. We love Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Chicken Gravy, £1.50, 320g (1 SmartPoint per 80g serving).’

BREAD SAUCE

Linzi says: ‘Christmas lunch isn’t complete without bread sauce. Go for a delicately spiced one, such as Heston from Waitrose Celeriac and Bread Sauce, £2.49, 200g (3 SmartPoints per 50g serving)’

CRANBERRY SAUCE

Nadine says: ‘You don’t have to make cranberry sauce from scratch. Asda Extra Special Cranberry Sauce with Ruby Port, £1.47, 230g (2 SmartPoints per tablespoon), is rich, with a hint of sweetness.’

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Side Dishes MAPLE & CHILLI-SPICED ROASTED ROOT VEGETABLES SERVES 6 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Cook time 35 minutes ~ Calories 103 per serving ~ SmartPoints 3 per serving INGREDIENTS 1 large celeriac, peeled and cut into thin chips 350g parsnips, quartered lengthways 350g carrots, quartered lengthways 1 tbsp rapeseed oil 1 tbsp maple syrup ½ tsp chilli flakes METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. Put all the vegetables in a single layer in a large roasting tin – you may need to use 2 tins. 2 Drizzle over the oil and toss to coat. Season well. Combine the maple syrup and chilli flakes then drizzle over the vegetables. Roast for 30-35 minutes, turning halfway, or until the vegetables are sticky and tender.

SHREDDED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH BACON

CRISPY PAN POTATOES WITH ROSEMARY

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER WITH PARMESAN

SERVES 6 ~ Prep time 10 minutes ~ Cook time 10 minutes ~ Calories 112 per serving ~ SmartPoints 2 per serving

SERVES 6 ~ Prep time 25 minutes ~ Cook time 1 hour ~ Calories 144 per serving ~ SmartPoints 4 per serving

SERVES 6 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Cook time 40 minutes ~ Calories 50 per serving ~ SmartPoints 1 per serving

INGREDIENTS

INGREDIENTS

INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp olive oil 200g bacon medallions, chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced 600g Brussels sprouts, trimmed and shredded 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary

5 x 150g potatoes, scrubbed and dried 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1½ tbsp olive oil 6 fresh rosemary sprigs

1 large cauliflower, cut into florets 4 shallots, quartered 3 garlic cloves, peeled, left whole 4 fresh thyme sprigs, plus extra leaves ½ tbsp olive oil ¼ tsp ground nutmeg 30g grated parmesan

METHOD

1 Preheat the oven to 190°C, fan 170°C, gas mark 5. Slice the potatoes into 3mm-thick rounds. Season and gently toss with the garlic and ½ tbsp of the oil. 2 Arrange the slices, upright in concentric circles, in a 23cm-round ovenproof dish. Tuck in the rosemary. Cover with kitchen foil and bake for 30-35 minutes. 3 Remove from the oven and increase the heat to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. Brush the potatoes with the remaining oil, then bake for 25 minutes until crisp.

1 Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook for 3-4 minutes, until browned and starting to crisp. 2 Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute. Add the sprouts and rosemary and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes, until the sprouts are cooked but still a little firm. Transfer to a warmed bowl and cover with kitchen foil until ready to serve.

METHOD

METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. Toss together the cauliflower, shallots, garlic, thyme, oil and nutmeg in a roasting tin. Season well. 2 Roast, turning occasionally, for 30 minutes. Mix in most of the parmesan and roast for 10 minutes, until tender. 3 Sprinkle over the remaining parmesan and extra thyme leaves to serve.

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Dessert SPICED SATSUMA ROULADE Lighter than a traditional fruit pudding but still packed with seasonal spices, this delicate sponge might just become your family’s new favourite

Citrus fruit

makes a sweet dessert, or Christmas stocking filler

SERVES 10 ~ Prep time 35 minutes ~ Cook time 12 minutes ~ Calories 153 per serving ~ SmartPoints 4 per serving INGREDIENTS 3 eggs 85g golden caster sugar, plus an extra 1 tsp for rolling 85g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 tsp ground cinnamon For the filling and decoration 600g satsumas, peeled 2 tbsp caster sugar 1 cinnamon stick 500g 0% fat thick-set natural Greek yogurt 50g pomegranate seeds 1 tsp icing sugar

Prop styling: Tonia Shuttleworth. Recipes: Sarah Akhurst, Nadine Brown

METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. Line a 30 x 24cm Swiss roll tin with baking paper. Using a electric whisk, beat the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl until thick and fluffy – when you lift the whisk, the mixture should hold its shape. Gently fold in the flour, baking powder and cinnamon, being careful not to over mix. 2 Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and level the top. Bake for 12 minutes, until the cake is golden and springy to the touch. Lay out a rectangle of baking paper on a work surface, the same size as the cake, and sprinkle over 1 tsp golden caster sugar. Remove the cake from the oven and turn it upside down onto the prepared baking paper. Lift off the tin and peel away the upper layer of baking paper. While warm, roll the sponge, using the under layer of baking paper to ease it into a scroll. Leave to cool completely. 3 Meanwhile, to make the filling and decoration, squeeze the juice from half of the satsumas into a pan. Add the sugar and cinnamon stick and put over a low heat for 2 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until

CHOCOLATE & CHERRY

it forms a sticky syrup. Segment the remaining satsumas, discarding the pith. Add the segments to the syrup and cook for 3 minutes. Set aside to cool. Discard the cinnamon stick. 4 Unroll the cooled roulade and spread with the yogurt. Roughly chop ⅔ of the satsumas and scatter over the yogurt. Roll the sponge again, using the baking paper to help you create a tight roll. 5 Transfer to a serving plate, join-side down. Decorate the top of the roulade with the remaining satsumas and the pomegranate seeds. Dust with the icing sugar just before serving.

Is chocolate more your thing? Whip up a Black Forest version of this roulade dessert with just a few simple tweaks

BLACK FOREST ROULADE

For the sponge, replace the ground cinnamon with 1 tbsp cocoa and make the roulade as per the recipe. Next, replace the satsumas and pomegranates used for the filling and decoration with 210g tinned black cherries in syrup. Fold half of the cherries and syrup through the yogurt for the filling, and reserve the rest to spoon over the top for decoration. Finally, instead of dusting with icing sugar, drizzle over 30g melted dark chocolate. This Black Forest version will be 155 calories and 5 SmartPoints per serving.

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FEED ME!

All over Instagram? Then your feed is probably bursting with brilliant tips and recipes from all those healthy foodies you’re following. Each month, we feature a member who has the Insta-worthy meal ideas you need to see. This time it’s Kirsty Godfrey – or @weightwatchers_almostthere – who credits her weight loss to stellar online support

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3406 173 followers following FOLLOWING

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fter Christmas 2015, my partner Paul and I made a joint resolution to lose weight. But by the end of January, Paul was doing well, whereas I was struggling. For guidance, I joined Weight Watchers, and quickly realised how unhealthy my food choices had been. I also began cooking from scratch. When I showed Paul some inspiring online posts by other members, he convinced me to share my meal ideas too. Sharing food online has introduced me to so many new people. Plus, it’s a space where I can express pride in what I’ve achieved, or reach out for motivation if I need it. And if my posts inspire just one other person to get healthy, that will make me happy!

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61 likes ‘We always had a Christmas trifle when I was growing up, so this hits the spot. I make it year round, changing it up a bit depending on my mood and what I fancy eating.’

CHEAT’S TRIFLE MAKES 4 ~ Prep time 10 minutes + chilling ~ Cook time 5 minutes ~ Calories 155 per trifle ~ SmartPoints 5 per trifle INGREDIENTS 600g fresh or frozen blackberries 4 tsp sweetener 20g sugar-free raspberry jelly mix 4 light rich tea biscuits, broken 140g low-fat vanilla custard 60g reduced-fat squirty cream Sprinkles, to decorate METHOD

THIS EASY TRIFLE BRINGS BACK

HAPPY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

1 Put the blackberries and sweetener in a small pan with 4 tbsp water and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes, then crush slightly. Let cool. 2 Meanwhile, dissolve the jelly mix in 280ml boiling water then stir in 280ml cold water. Set aside to cool. 3 Pour the jelly into four glasses and chill until almost set. Scatter over the biscuit pieces and spoon over the blackberries, then chill until completely set. Finish with the custard and cream. Serve decorated with sprinkles.

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Had enough of turkey once Boxing Day’s been and gone? Not any more. The WW Kitchen team reveal their favourite No Count recipes for giving the old bird a new lease of life… PHOTOGRAPHY ADRIAN LAWRENCE

FOOD STYLING KATHY KORDALIS

NORTH AFRICAN-STYLE WARM RICE SALAD WITH SPICY ROASTED AUBERGINE

‘Aubergine is one of a kind. It adds a unique flavour and texture, and its bold colour really brings dishes to life’ SARAH, FOOD EDITOR

SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 10 minutes ~ Cook time 30 minutes ~ Calories 358 per serving ~ SmartPoints 7 per serving INGREDIENTS 2 aubergines, cut into 5mm-thick rounds 1½ tbsp harissa spice mix Calorie controlled cooking spray 200g brown rice Juice of 1½ lemons Small bunch fresh dill, finely chopped Small bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped Small bunch fresh mint, finely chopped 350g leftover skinless roast turkey meat, roughly chopped 100g pomegranate seeds

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METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. Toss the aubergine slices in the harissa and spread out on a baking tray. Mist with cooking spray. Season and roast for 25-30 minutes, turning halfway, until tender and golden. 2 Meanwhile, bring a large pan of water to a boil. Add the rice and cook for 25 minutes, or to pack instructions. Drain, and set aside to cool slightly. 3 Stir the lemon juice and most of the herbs through the rice. Transfer to a large serving bowl and top with the aubergine and turkey. Season to taste then scatter over the remaining herbs and the pomegranate to serve.

COOK’S TIP USE 200G BULGUR WHEAT, COOKED TO PACK INSTRUCTIONS, INSTEAD OF RICE. THE SMARTPOINTS WILL BE 6 PER SERVING.


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Lunch Pots Now In Store

How to prepare your Slim NoodlesÂŽ

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SMOKY TURKEY & SWEET POTATO STEW

‘I’m a big goulash fan – I just love those smoky, warming flavours, especially in this healthier take on the Hungarian classic’ LINZI, FOOD TEAM MANAGER

SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Cook time 45 minutes ~ Calories 409 per serving ~ SmartPoints 6 per serving INGREDIENTS 1 onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, chopped 350g leftover skinless roast turkey meat, shredded 400g sweet potatoes, cut into 3cm chunks 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced 2 tsp smoked paprika

400g tin chopped tomatoes 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 tbsp tomato purée 1 tsp dried oregano 1 bay leaf 400ml chicken stock, made with 1 stock cube 200g young leaf spinach 4 tbsp 0% fat natural Greek yogurt METHOD 1 Mist a casserole or large lidded pan with cooking spray and cook the onion

for 8-10 minutes, until golden. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes before adding the turkey, sweet potatoes, pepper, paprika, tomatoes, chickpeas, tomato purée, herbs and stock. 2 Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for 10 minutes, uncovered, until the sauce has thickened and the sweet potato is tender. 3 Meanwhile, put another large pan over a medium-low heat, mist with cooking spray and cook the spinach until wilted. 4 Stir the spinach into the stew, season to taste and serve with the yogurt.

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PENNE WITH TURKEY, BACON & BRUSSELS SPROUTS

SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Cook time 20 minutes ~ Calories 425 per serving ~ SmartPoints 8 per serving INGREDIENTS 200g wholewheat penne Calorie controlled cooking spray 8 bacon medallions, chopped 2 shallots, finely diced 3 garlic cloves, chopped 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked and chopped 4 tbsp quark 66 \ Weight Watchers Magazine

250ml chicken stock, made with ½ stock cube 300g leftover cooked Brussels sprouts 300g leftover skinless roast turkey meat, roughly chopped 100g young leaf spinach Small handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped METHOD 1 Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling water for 12 minutes until al dente. Drain, reserving a ladleful of cooking water.

2 Meanwhile, put a large nonstick frying pan over a medium-high heat and mist with cooking spray. Fry the bacon for 5-6 minutes, until crisp and golden. 3 Add the shallots to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes, then add the garlic and thyme and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the quark, stock, Brussels sprouts and turkey, then season and simmer until the sauce has thickened slightly. 4 Toss the pasta with the sauce, loosening with the reserved pasta water if needed. Stir in the spinach and parsley to wilt, then season to taste and serve.

Recipes: Gabriella English. Prop styling: Luis Peral

‘Leftover Brussels sprouts? In the bin with them, I hear you say! Not so fast. This pasta dish really is delicious – although the bacon might have something to do with it…’ NADINE, SENIOR FOOD ASSISTANT


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JAPANESESTYLE SALMON STIR-FRY P.70

Christmas preparations left you strapped for cash and short on time? Our speedy fakeaways are the answer! Woks at the ready…

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JAPANESE-STYLE SALMON STIR-FRY

Stir-fries are a genius way to pack in the veggies – use any you like in this tasty dish SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 10 minutes ~ Cook time 15 minutes ~ Calories 393 per serving ~ SmartPoints 4 per serving INGREDIENTS 500g skinless salmon fillets, cut into chunks 1½ tbsp soy sauce 400g Tenderstem broccoli, cut into 3cm pieces 1 onion, cut into wedges 1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into thin strips 2 tsp groundnut oil 2 tsp toasted sesame oil 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp mirin 2 tbsp mixed sesame seeds

PORK MEE GORENG

Never tried Malaysian cuisine before? Now’s your chance with this super-easy noodle bowl

METHOD 1 Mix the salmon with 2 tsp of the soy sauce in a bowl. Set aside. 2 Heat a lidded wok or large frying pan over a high heat. Add the broccoli and 60ml water. Cook, partially covered, for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the wok and set aside. Repeat with the onion, pepper and 60ml water for 3-4 minutes and set aside. 3 Add both the oils to the wok and heat for 30 seconds. In batches, stir-fry the salmon for 1-2 minutes or until seared. 4 Return the vegetables to the wok and add the ginger, vinegar, mirin and remaining soy sauce. Toss to combine. 5 Serve the stir-fry garnished with the sesame seeds. 70 \ Weight Watchers Magazine

SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Cook time 15 minutes ~ Calories 490 per serving ~ SmartPoints 12 per serving INGREDIENTS

METHOD

1 tbsp groundnut oil 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 long fresh red chilli, thinly sliced 400g lean pork fillet, thinly sliced 1 bunch pak choi, chopped 2 ripe tomatoes, finely chopped 2 spring onions, trimmed and thinly sliced 1 courgette, spiralised 1 carrot, spiralised 440g fresh egg noodles 2 tbsp kicap manis (see tip) 3 tsp curry powder 2 eggs, lightly beaten Lemon wedges, to serve

1 Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan over a medium heat. Stir-fry the garlic and chilli for 3 minutes or until golden. Use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a small bowl, then set aside. 2 Increase the heat to high. Fry the pork in batches, for 1 minute or until just sealed. Transfer to a plate. 3 Add the pak choi, tomatoes and spring onions to the wok, then stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the courgette, carrot, noodles, kicap manis and curry powder and toss to combine.

COOK’S TIP DON’T HAVE A SPIRALISER? CUT THE COURGETTE AND CARROT INTO LONG, THIN STRIPS USING A JULIENNE PEELER INSTEAD.

Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes or until the vegetables start to soften. 4 Make a well in the centre of the stir-fry and add the eggs. Let cook for 1-2 minutes, then return the pork and garlic mixture to the wok. Toss well to combine. 5 Serve the stir-fry with the lemon wedges on the side. COOK’S TIP If you can’t find kicap manis, make your own. Bring 2 tbsp soy sauce and 2 tbsp light brown sugar to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes and let cool. The total SmartPoints will be the same.


FOOD

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KOREAN CHICKEN & KIMCHI FRIED RICE Bored of the standard takeaway fare? Bring some new flavours to your dinner plate with this spicy fried rice

SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 5 minutes ~ Cook time 5 minutes ~ Calories 285 per serving ~ SmartPoints 5 per serving INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks 3 spring onions, trimmed and thinly sliced 200g Chinese leaf, shredded 250g pack microwave brown rice 1 tbsp chia seeds 300g cooked lean chicken breast, shredded 150g kimchi METHOD 1 Heat a wok or large frying pan over a high heat. Add the oil and heat for 30 seconds. Stir-fry the carrot and half the spring onions for 2 minutes. Add the Chinese leaf and stir-fry for 1 minute. 2 Meanwhile, cook the rice to pack instructions, then add to the wok along with the chia seeds, chicken and kimchi. Stir-fry for 1 minute or until hot. 3 Serve topped with the remaining spring onions.

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FOOD

INDIAN-STYLE VEGETABLE STIR-FRY Swap your usual cream-laden curry for this lighter, yet just as tasty, paneer stir-fry

SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 5 minutes ~ Cook time 20 minutes ~ Calories 359 per serving ~ SmartPoints 8 per serving INGREDIENTS 600g cauliflower, cut into florets 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp mustard seeds 1 red onion, cut into wedges 6 fresh curry leaves 3 whole dried red chillies (or 1 tsp chilli flakes) 2 tsp cumin seeds 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1½ tsp ground turmeric 250g green beans, trimmed and halved Juice of 1 large lemon, plus lemon wedges to serve Calorie controlled cooking spray 200g paneer, cut into chunks METHOD 1 Heat a lidded wok or large frying pan over a high heat. Add the cauliflower and 60ml water. Cook, partially covered, for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the wok and set aside. 2 Heat the oil in the wok and stir-fry the mustard seeds for 1 minute or until they start to pop. Add the onion, curry leaves, chilli and cumin seeds, then stir-fry for 5 minutes. Return the cauliflower to the wok, then add the chickpeas and turmeric. Stir-fry for 5 minutes. 3 Add the beans, 2½ tbsp of the lemon juice and season to taste. Stir-fry for 3 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. 4 Meanwhile, lightly mist a small frying pan with cooking spray. Cook the paneer over a medium-high heat for 1 minute on each side or until golden. Season with pepper and the remaining lemon juice. 5 Serve the stir-fried veg and paneer with the lemon wedges.

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FOOD

TURKEY LARB

Perfect for those days when you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, this speedy dinner is low in SmartPoints and ready in just 15 minutes SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 10 minutes ~ Cook time 5-6 minutes ~ Calories 360 per serving ~ SmartPoints 6 per serving INGREDIENTS 100g vermicelli rice noodles 1 tbsp groundnut oil 1 stalk fresh lemon grass, trimmed and tough outer layer removed, finely chopped 1 long fresh red chilli, deseeded, ½ chopped and ½ sliced 400g turkey breast mince 1 tbsp fish sauce 1 tbsp lime juice, plus lime wedges to serve 120g bean sprouts 400g white cabbage, shredded 1 small cucumber, halved lengthways and sliced 1 spring onion, shredded 40g chopped roasted peanuts Small handful fresh mint leaves METHOD 1 Prepare the noodles to pack instructions. Drain, then rinse under cold running water. Drain again, then coarsely snip the noodles into small pieces using kitchen scissors. 2 Heat a wok or large frying pan over a high heat. Add the oil and heat for 30 seconds. Stir-fry the lemon grass and chopped chilli for 30 seconds or until fragrant. 3 Add the turkey mince and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until browned. Stir in the fish sauce and lime juice, then toss through the noodles and bean sprouts and stir-fry for a final 1-2 minutes. 4 Divide the shredded cabbage and sliced cucumber between bowls. Top with the turkey larb, spring onion, sliced chilli, peanuts and mint. Serve with the lime wedges on the side. 74 \ Weight Watchers Magazine


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YOUR 30-PAGE GUIDE TO NAVIGATING THE FESTIVE SEASON

HOW TO DO It’s the most wonderful time of the year – but it can also be one of the most stressful! That’s why we’ve dedicated this special section of the mag to giving you the tools you need to make this Christmas your best ever.

Photography: Alamy

Food

With our mix ’n’ match healthy meal plan, we’ve made it easy to stay on track in the run-up to the big day without missing out on any of the fun! P.79

Wellness

Don’t let stress or anxiety ruin your Christmas! Our experts share their top tips for staying healthy and happy this season, and squeezing in a little fitness too. P.90

Fashion

Worried about finding the perfect party dress? Expert stylist Arabella Boyce is on hand to help you find the right dress for your style and shape. P.94

Gifts

If you’re struggling to decide what to ask Santa for this year, browse our gift guide for inspiration. We’ve handpicked 25 top gifts that will help you start 2018 the healthy way. P.101

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SPAGHETTI ARRABBIATA WITH SQUID P.85

BREAKFASTS P.80

LUNCHES P.81

DINNERS P.82

Healthy Festive MEAL PLAN

Been known to celebrate Christmas for the whole of December? We’ve all done it! And just when you wanted to look your very best in that new party dress too… What you need is a healthy eating plan designed to help you stay on track with quick, easy, tasty and low SmartPoints meals. And here it is! PHOTOGRAPHY ADRIAN LAWRENCE & LAUREN MCLEAN

FOOD STYLING SARAH COOK & VICKI SMALLWOOD

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HOW TO DO

Christmas

5

FANTASTIC BREAKFASTS MEXICAN SCRAMBLED EGGS

Mist a nonstick frying pan with calorie controlled cooking spray. Chop and fry 2 tomatoes, 3 spring onions and 1 jalapeño with ½ tsp cumin seeds for 1 minute. Reduce the heat. Add 8 beaten eggs and a pinch of salt. Fold the eggs over until cooked. Serve with fresh coriander and 4 tortillas. SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 5 minutes ~ Cook time 5 minutes ~ Calories 281 per serving ~ SmartPoints 4 per serving

CHAI PORRIDGE

Combine 125g porridge oats with 500ml almond milk, 225ml water,1 tsp ground cinnamon, ½ tsp ground ginger, the ground seeds of 4 cardamom pods and 1 tsp vanilla extract in a pan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Serve the porridge drizzled with 1½ tbsp almond butter loosened with a splash of hot water, and 1 tbsp maple syrup. SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 5 minutes ~ Cook time 5 minutes ~ Calories 224 per serving ~ SmartPoints 7 per serving

SIMPLE HERB OMELETTE

Finely chop a large handful of fresh dill, flat-leaf parsley and basil and set aside. Whisk 3 eggs in a bowl, season and stir in half the herbs. Heat 1 tsp low-fat spread and ½ tsp olive oil in a small frying pan over a medium heat until bubbling. Add the eggs and cook, swirling the eggs with a fork as they set. When the eggs are still slightly runny in the middle, scatter over the rest of the herbs, then fold the omelette in half and slide onto a plate. MAKES 1 ~ Prep time 5 minutes ~ Cook time 5 minutes ~ Calories 249 per omelette ~ SmartPoints 2 per omelette

WINTER FRUIT SALAD

Chop 1 pear, 1 apple, 5 baby figs and 1 orange. Put in a bowl with 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds then stir in the juice of 1 lemon, 1 tbsp honey and ¼ tsp ground cinnamon. Stir 2 tsp grated fresh ginger through 200g 0% fat natural Greek yogurt. Serve. SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 5 minutes ~ Calories 152 per serving ~ SmartPoints 2 per serving

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BAKED OAT WAFFLES

Turn your regular morning oats into a real treat with these sweet waffles SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Cook time 35 minutes ~ Calories 190 per serving ~ SmartPoints 4 per serving

INGREDIENTS 100g porridge oats 1 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt ½ tsp ground cinnamon 125ml semi-skimmed milk 2 ripe bananas, mashed 100g 0% fat natural Greek yogurt 100g blueberries 2 tsp clear honey METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas mark 4. In a bowl, combine the oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Make a well in the middle of the mixture, then pour in the milk, add the banana and whisk until smooth and combined. 2 Put a 4-waffle silicone mould onto a baking tray and spoon in the mixture. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, until cooked through and crisp around the edges. 3 Leave to cool in the mould for a few minutes before turning out onto plates. Serve the waffles topped with yogurt and blueberries, and drizzled with honey. COOK’S TIP Serve these with a 100g scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt for a 7 SmartPoints dessert.


HEALTHY EATING PLAN

5

TERRIFIC LUNCHES LENTIL, HAM & ROCKET SALAD Toss 220g shredded ham hock and 70g rocket in a bowl with 2 x 250g pouches ready-to-eat lentils. Whisk 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil with the juice of ½ lemon and 1 tsp Dijon mustard, then season to taste. Drizzle over the salad and toss to dress. SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 5 minutes ~ Calories 334 per serving ~ SmartPoints 9 per serving

ASIAN-STYLE TURKEY WRAP

Combine the juice of 1 lime, 2 tsp fish sauce and 1 tsp brown sugar, and toss through ½ shredded Chinese leaf lettuce, 2 sliced carrots, 1 cucumber and 1 red pepper. Fill 4 tortilla wraps with the salad, 200g cooked and shredded turkey breast fillet, and some fresh coriander. Roll up to serve. MAKES 4 ~ Prep time 10 minutes ~ Calories 269 per wrap ~ SmartPoints 5 per wrap

BACON & TOMATO PASTA

CAULIFLOWER, COCONUT & TURMERIC SOUP

A dash of turmeric turns this soup a gorgeous golden orange SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 10 minutes ~ Cook time 45 minutes ~ Calories 197 per serving ~ SmartPoints 6 per serving INGREDIENTS

METHOD

1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 3cm piece fresh ginger, grated 2 red chillies, finely sliced 1 tbsp ground turmeric 1 large cauliflower, leaves removed, cut into small florets 400g tin reduced-fat coconut milk 600ml vegetable stock, made with 1 stock cube Juice of 1 lime Handful fresh coriander leaves

1 Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Fry the onion for 6-8 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic, ginger, half of the chilli and the turmeric and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. 2 Add the cauliflower to the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Pour in the coconut milk, reserving 2 tbsp, and all of the stock. Simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender. 3 Remove from the heat and let cool slightly before puréeing with a stick blender. Stir in the lime juice and season to taste. Serve the soup topped with the reserved coconut milk, remaining chilli, and the coriander leaves.

Cook 280g wholewheat pasta to pack instructions. Mist a pan with cooking spray over a medium heat and fry 100g chopped bacon medallions for 3-4 minutes. Add 270g halved cherry tomatoes and fry for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the pasta, 100ml of the pasta cooking water and 100g young leaf spinach. SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 5 minutes ~ Cook time 15 minutes ~ Calories 252 per serving ~ SmartPoints 6 per serving

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH HARISSA

Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. Peel and chop a large butternut squash into cubes (you’ll need around 800g). Put in a roasting tin with 1 tbsp olive oil. Roast for 35-40 minutes, or until tender and golden, turning halfway. Put the squash in a blender with 700ml vegetable stock made with 1 stock cube, and 2 tsp harissa paste. Blitz until smooth. Season to taste and serve. SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 5 minutes ~ Cook time 40 minutes ~ Calories 101 per serving ~ SmartPoints 2 per serving

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5

AMAZING DINNERS MUSHROOM ‘PIZZAS’

All the flavours of a pizza without the high SmartPoints SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Cook time 40 minutes ~ Calories 267 per serving ~ SmartPoints 7 per serving INGREDIENTS Calorie controlled cooking spray 1 red onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 x 400g tins plum tomatoes 1 tbsp tomato purée 2 tsp dried oregano 1 bay leaf 1 tsp balsamic vinegar 600g potatoes, cut into wedges 1 tsp smoked paprika 8 portabella mushrooms, stalks removed 50g pitted black olives, sliced 50g sundried tomatoes, sliced 125g low-fat mozzarella, torn Small handful basil, torn Mixed salad, to serve METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. Mist a pan with cooking spray and cook the onion for 5 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, then add the plum tomatoes, tomato purée, oregano, bay leaf and balsamic vinegar. Season and simmer for 20 minutes, until thickened. 2 Meanwhile, put the wedges in a roasting tin, mist with cooking spray and scatter over the paprika. Season, then toss to combine. Bake for 35-40 minutes, turning halfway, until crisp. 3 Put the mushrooms, stalk-side up, on a baking sheet. Spoon over the tomato sauce and top with the olives, sundried tomatoes and cheese. Bake alongside the wedges for 20 minutes, then scatter over the basil leaves. 4 Serve with the wedges and salad.

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COOK’S TIP You can put any toppings you like on these mini ‘pizzas’ – just remember to work out the SmartPoints.


HEALTHY EATING PLAN

‘BOODLES’ WITH HARISSA MEATBALLS

Chilly evening? Warm yourself up with a serving of fiery meatballs SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 20 minutes ~ Cook time 25 minutes ~ Calories 305 per serving ~ SmartPoints 4 per serving

2 x 400g tins cherry tomatoes 200g young leaf spinach 600g spiralised butternut squash 50g light feta, crumbled

INGREDIENTS METHOD Calorie controlled cooking spray 1 red onion, diced 500g 5% fat beef mince 40g harissa paste 1 tsp ground cumin 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves 1 tsp ground coriander 2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 Mist a small pan with cooking spray and cook the onion over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes, until softened, then transfer to a plate and set aside to cool. 2 Combine the mince and half the harissa paste with the cumin, fresh and ground coriander, garlic and cooled onion. Season and shape into 12 balls.

3 Mist a deep nonstick frying pan with cooking spray over a medium heat and brown the meatballs all over. Stir in the tomatoes and remaining harissa paste and simmer for 10 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce has thickened. Add the spinach and stir until wilted. 4 Meanwhile, mist another deep nonstick frying pan with cooking spray and cook the spiralised squash over a medium heat for 6-7 minutes, until tender. 5 Divide the ‘boodles’ between plates, top with the meatballs and serve with the feta crumbled over the top.

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HOW TO DO

Christmas

WARM KALE, SQUASH & CHICKEN SALAD WITH A CHORIZO CRUMB

Add texture and flavour to this cold-weather salad with a delicious chorizo crumb SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 20 minutes ~ Cook time 45 minutes ~ Calories 410 per serving ~ SmartPoints 5 per serving INGREDIENTS

METHOD

800g prepared butternut squash, cut into 2cm cubes Calorie controlled cooking spray 1 red onion, sliced 4 x 150g skinless chicken breast fillets 80g cooking chorizo, skin removed 25g fresh white breadcrumbs 1½ tbsp olive oil 1 tsp Dijon mustard ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar 80g baby leaf kale

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. Put the squash on a baking tray, mist with cooking spray and season. Roast for 45 minutes until tender, turning halfway and adding the onion to the tin after 20 minutes. 2 Meanwhile, heat a griddle pan over a high heat. Flatten the chicken breasts between 2 sheets of clingfilm using a rolling pin, then mist them with cooking spray. Griddle for 5 minutes on each side, until cooked. Cut into thick slices.

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3 In a mini food processor, blitz the chorizo to crumbs, then cook in a nonstick frying pan over a medium heat until it starts to release oil. Add the breadcrumbs to the pan and cook, stirring, for 4-5 minutes, until crisp. 4 Whisk together the oil, mustard and vinegar, then season. Add to the kale, squash and onion, and toss to coat. 5 Divide the salad between plates and serve topped with the griddled chicken and chorizo crumb mixture.


HEALTHY EATING PLAN

SPAGHETTI ARRABBIATA WITH SQUID

A restaurant favourite that’s super simple to make at home SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 10 minutes ~ Cook time 35 minutes ~ Calories 320 per serving ~ SmartPoints 6 per serving INGREDIENTS Calorie controlled cooking spray 1 red onion, diced 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 red chilli, finely chopped 2 x 400g tins cherry tomatoes 250g wholewheat spaghetti 300g raw squid rings Zest of 1 lemon Handful chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley METHOD

PROSCIUTTO-WRAPPED HADDOCK WITH CELERIAC MASH

Elevate a regular fish supper with a few key ingredients SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 5 minutes ~ Cook time 25 minutes ~ Calories 255 per serving ~ SmartPoints 3 per serving INGREDIENTS 800g prepared celeriac, cut into 2-3cm chunks 1½ tbsp light crème fraîche 4 x 150g skinless haddock fillets 8 slices prosciutto 250g cherry tomatoes on the vine 400g young leaf spinach Lemon wedges, to serve METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. Bring a large pan of water

to a boil. Add the celeriac then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, until tender. Drain then return the celeriac to the pan and leave to steam for 5 minutes. Season and mash with the crème fraîche. 2 Meanwhile, wrap 2 slices of prosciutto around each fish fillet. Transfer to a baking tray, add the vine tomatoes and bake for 10-12 minutes, until the prosciutto is browned and the haddock is just cooked through. 3 Wilt the spinach in a large nonstick wok or frying pan with a splash of water. Season well. 4 Divide the celeriac mash between plates, top with the fish and serve with the roasted tomatoes, spinach and lemon wedges on the side.

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Recipes: Sarah Akhurst, Nadine Brown, Gabriella English. Prop styling: Tonia Shuttleworth

1 Mist a medium pan with cooking spray and cook the onion over a medium heat for 6-7 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and chilli and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, then season and simmer for 20 minutes, until thickened. 2 Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling water to pack instructions, until al dente. Drain. 3 Add the squid and most of the lemon zest to the tomato sauce and simmer for 3-4 minutes, or until the squid is cooked but still tender. Stir through the drained spaghetti and the parsley. 4 Divide between bowls and serve garnished with the remaining zest.


LIFE

YOUR CHRISTMAS YOUR WAY

Fuss-free traybakes are perfect for nights when you’re short on time

If you want to…

CONTINUE TO LOSE WEIGHT

‘You’re already on track and getting closer to goal at every weigh-in. Well done! There’s no reason not to keep up your good work through Christmas. If you plan ahead, cook from scratch whenever you can, and are clever with your SmartPoints, you can keep on losing.’ Sarah says:

Linzi, Nadine and Sarah are saving SmartPoints this Christmas with prosecco and soda water spritzers

THINK AHEAD

If you have a busy social week ahead, try batch-cooking meals built around zero Points foods so you’ll always have a quick meal to hand when you need it. A traybake of skinless chicken breast, veggies and lots of flavour-boosting herbs

will keep in the fridge for up to two days, making your weeknight dinners easy. Just bulk it up with something different each night, such as steamed brown rice, mixed grains, spiralised courgette or butternut squash chips and salad.

HOST WITH THE MOST Love a

Christmas do? Offer to have a gathering at your house. When you’re the host, you can plan a menu that’s festive and fun but still healthy. Whip up a party spread that’s low in SmartPoints – think light and easy nibbles such as crustless veggie quiche, spicy turkey kebabs, or vegetable crudités with houmous and yogurt dips. And forget biscuits and chocs – instead, serve mini meringues topped with 0% fat natural Greek yogurt, clementine segments, pomegranate seeds and a little cinnamon for just 1 SmartPoint each.

BE A PARTY PLANNER

A night out during the festive season doesn’t have to send you off track. Boost your weeklies leading up to your event by basing your meals around zero Points foods. You can roll over up to 4 unused SmartPoints into your weeklies each day, so you’ll have more of a cushion for a cocktail or two. Weight Watchers Magazine / 87


HOW TO DO

Christmas

Load your plate with veg and spend your SmartPoints on the other tasty options on the Christmas table

If you want to…

RELAX A LITTLE

‘Sometimes we need to let loose a little, and if you’ve decided to take a break over Christmas, that’s okay! Relaxing your tracking doesn’t mean overindulging at every buffet, but it might mean you end up staying the same weight over the festive season, or even gaining a little. The important thing is to be clear about your goal, so you won’t feel surprised or disappointed when you next step on the scales.’ Linzi says:

Make all your guests feel special by serving a cocktail to the adults and a mocktail to the kids

Love mince pies? Try baking your own this year

GO FOR NO COUNT On days when

you don’t want to worry about tracking but don’t want to completely fall off the wagon either, try eating from the No Count food list. It’ll make busy days easier, while still guiding you towards healthy choices.

If you want to…

MAINTAIN YOUR WEIGHT ‘You’ve been doing well so far, but want to put weight loss on hold for Christmas – without undoing any of your hard work. Instead of focusing on the number on the scales, celebrate small victories and allow yourself an extra indulgence every so often.’ Nadine says:

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TRACK THOSE TREATS Yes, you

can have a mince pie! All you need to do is track it. Keeping a record of your treats will help you plan out your days, so you can use your SmartPoints wisely. If you’ve have had an indulgent day, plan for a low SmartPoints dinner of zero Points foods, or use your weekly allowance to account for little extras.

FOCUS ON THE FUN If maintaining

is your priority, try making smart choices where you can, but without missing out. Think an ice-skating session with the whole family to earn 3 FitPoints* in just half an hour, or opting for grilled fish at dinner so you can indulge in that delicious pud. It’s all about balance!

Choose foods that you will really savour, rather than excessive amounts of treats or food that are low in flavour but high SmartPoints. Really enjoy the process of cooking a gorgeous dessert or delicious roast too – as the more time you spend making it, the more you’ll appreciate the finished dish. Mix things up with interesting seasonal ingredients you haven’t tried before as well (Jerusalem artichoke, anyone?) to make your festive meals feel that extra bit special.

FILL UP BEFORE YOU PARTY

Don’t arrive at a party feeling hungry, then overindulge at the buffet table. Otherwise, you could risk eating double the amount you planned to. Consider having something to eat before you go out, even if it’s only small – such as a bowl of homemade soup with a slice of bread – then you’ll be more likely to make smarter choices at the party.

MAKE WATER YOUR WEAPON When it comes to alcohol, enjoy your favourites, but drink a glass of water in between each one. You’ll feel better for it in the morning and will use fewer SmartPoints overall. Flick back to P.12 for more festive-drinking tips.

Words: Sarah Nittinger, Lara Palamoudian, Emma Stirling. Photography: Alamy, Lauren Mclean, Matt Monfredi, Ria Osborne *FitPoints calculated based on a 10st person exercising at moderate intensity

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FEEL PARTY-CONFIDENT, NOT SELF-CONSCIOUS! Lucy Sheridan reveals her top tips for feeling confident at a Christmas gathering

‘Building confidence in the lead up to a Christmas party begins from the moment you receive an invitation. We tend to feel happiest and have the most confidence when we’re doing something by choice rather than out of obligation, so only go to an event because you genuinely want to take part in it, not out of duty or to meet other people’s expectations. ‘To help you feel good when you’re there, wear clothes you feel comfortable in – there’s nothing worse than struggling to walk in heels if you don’t usually wear them – and remember, everyone else is probably feeling a bit self-conscious too. ‘Also, try to be aware of the filters we unconsciously apply during conversations. For example, someone might ask: “Are you still in the same job?” and if you’re lacking confidence at the time, you might interpret their question to mean you evidently haven’t progressed in your career. The question is likely to be completely neutral, but through the filter of self-consciousness, you might hear it as criticism. So, think of some topics of conversation and how to respond in ways that make you feel positive about yourself. Instead of feeling negative about questions such as “Are you still in your job?”, you could respond with, “Yes, I’m enjoying it, but starting to think about taking on a new challenge soon.” This type of response leads towards a topic that will make you feel more comfortable and in control. ‘And, if you need to, don’t hesitate to tell a friend you’re feeling a bit out of your depth and ask them to step in and offer you some support. It’s important to ask for help when you need it.’ 92 \ Weight Watchers Magazine

Your health Do what’s best for your body and mind at Christmas…

GET OVER OVER-INDULGING! RETHINK YOUR Anxious about undoing ‘festive damage’? Take a moment to HEALTH RESOLUTIONS assess how much damage there With 2018 fast approaching, you really is, says GP Dr Naomi Potter

‘Even if you gain weight over Christmas, some of it might be just water. It’s not easy to lay down that much fat in a short period, and you’ll soon lose the extra fluid when you go back to regular healthy eating and exercising. A refreshing walk on Boxing Day can be a great way to start working off some of the excesses of the previous day too. You don’t need to go to extremes come January either. Your best approach is to keep following a healthyeating plan and upping your exercise.’

might be thinking resolutions. But when it comes to new-year plans, what would Lucy Sheridan do?

‘Whether it’s giving up smoking, cutting back on drinking or boosting your energy levels, overambitious January health resolutions can put too much pressure on people and set them up for failure. Make a list of “aim-for points” instead of hardcore resolutions, then work out how to get there. ‘Start by writing down a “from” point (where you are now) then a “destination” (your aim). For example, you could aim to go from having no energy to being full of vitality and sleeping well. Next, think about how to achieve your aim – if you want to improve your sleep, for example, it could be setting a reminder to go to bed at the same time every night, or not drinking caffeine after 2pm. ‘Don’t rush your aims either. Aiming to fit into your old jeans by Easter, for instance, might be more achievable than saying you’ll go to the gym five times a week. Having a realistic aim gives you wiggle room, so if you only get to the gym twice a week, you’ll have still done something to support your aim rather than failing to pull off a master plan.’

LET GO OF GOOD-TIME GUILT If you’ve been party-shaming yourself, stop right there! There’s no need to hold back on having fun when you’re getting healthy, says Deborah Smith

‘Life is for living, so enjoy it! The odd night off – or even a whole day – won’t undo your hard work if you stick with healthy eating and exercise the rest of the time. Don’t allow yourself to feel guilty after a party or festive meal either, as this can take away the positive benefits you gained from having a good time with friends or family.’

Words: Andreina Cordani; Jennie Gadsby; Rosalind Ryan. Illustrations: Getty Images. See more from Jasmine Birtles at moneymagpie.com; See more from Jennie Gadsby at setufree.co.uk; see more from Lucy Sheridan at proofcoaching.com; see more from Deborah Smith at growyourownhappiness.com

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CHRISTMAS SOS

Your fitness How to keep moving over Christmas and have fun doing it

DON’T STRESS ABOUT EXERCISE For some of us, trying to fit a

regular workout into an already packed Christmas schedule can cause a festive meltdown. So, ditch the exercise guilt, says our fitness expert Jennie Gadsby ‘I know from experience that the cold weather at Christmas, combined with the extra pressures on personal time means many people are less inclined to stick with a regular exercise routine. So, if you’re unable to get to your usual fitness classes or find time for that evening run, don’t worry about it! It’s okay to take a break; whatever your exercise goals might be, they can be put on hold for a week. ‘Personally, I find that squeezing in some exercise helps me to be more mindful of my food choices and better able to deal with stress. A simple way to boost your activity level is to walk wherever possible. For example, if you need to shop for last-minute supplies, park on the edge of town and walk the rest of the way. You’ll earn some FitPoints and avoid the Christmas car park chaos! And rather than slump on the sofa after Christmas dinner, why not invite everyone to join you for a walk in your nearest green space or to check out the local Christmas lights? ‘If you still want to squeeze in a workout, but don’t have much spare time, try doing a high-intensity intervals session, or check out the online video workouts on the Weight Watchers Fitness Hub for routines you can easily do at home.’

SHAKE IT OFF! A night on the dance floor

can be like a full-body workout, says professional dancer, choreographer and Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Pritchard ‘Christmas is the time of year when I allow myself to sit around in my pyjamas and eat chocolate. But the party season is also a great opportunity to get fitter while having fun dancing – so make the most of every opportunity. Spending a night on the dance floor can be like a full-body workout; you could end up doing two hours of cardio, without even knowing it! Imagine spending that amount of time at the gym on a treadmill! ‘Everyone loves music, and dancing is great fun, so you don’t realise you’re being physically active and it doesn’t feel like a chore. If you’re dancing with a partner, just remember to keep your arms and shoulders relaxed – don’t cling to them for dear life. And don’t worry if you’re not highly skilled. My top dance tip is to not worry about what other people might think of you. It’s easier said than done, but more often than not, other people are probably wishing they had the courage to get up and join you too! ‘With enough practice, you’ll feel more confident and enjoy it even more. I see that a lot with the celebrities on Strictly – the ones who can let go of their inhibitions always do well. Working on your dance technique can also make you less prone to injury. But when I go out at Christmas and hit the dance floor, I try to leave my professional self at the door and just have a good time! After all, that’s what dancing is really about.’

5 WAYS TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS WALK WORK HARDER Just 15 minutes of walking after a meal can aid digestion and improve blood sugar levels. Try Jennie’s ideas to upgrade your stroll ‘Going for a walk after a festive feast, or at any time over the Christmas period, is a great idea. Add in some bench exercises to turn your stroll into a fun full-body workout. Each time you pass a bench, do one of these…’

1

BOTTOM-TO-BENCH SQUATS

Stand in front of the bench as if you’re going to sit down. Bend your knees until your bottom hovers over the seat, then return to standing. Keep your back straight. Do 10 reps.

2

PRESS-UPS

3

STEP-UPS

Stand behind the bench and put your hands on the back rest. Bend your elbows to lower your chest down towards the bench, then straighten up to return to the start position. Repeat 10 times.

Stand facing the bench. Step your right foot up onto the bench, and lift your left foot up to meet it. Step both feet back to the floor. Repeat 10 times, then swap starting legs, and do another 10 reps.

4

TRICEP DIPS

Sit on the edge of the bench with your hands by your bottom, fingers pointing forwards. Shuffle your bottom off the bench. Slowly bend your elbows to lower your bottom towards the floor and then raise back up to the start position. Repeat 10 times.

5

LUNGES

Facing away from the bench, stand with your left foot on the ground and the top of your right foot resting behind you on the seat. Bend both knees to lower your bottom, then raise back up. Do 10 reps on each leg. For more advice from our experts on surviving Christmas, see P.105

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LIFE

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Say Yes

STILL LOSING WEIGHT

TO THE B (PARTY!) DRESS Fearful of the fitting room? We get it. Finding the perfect look for your Christmas do is hard enough without worrying about body woes. And whether you’re losing weight, nearing the finish line or celebrating getting to goal, chances are your shape’s changed – which can make finding a style that suits you even more challenging. Or that’s what members Leanne Gilliam, Amanda Davies and Selen Omer thought, anyway. But expert stylist Arabella Boyce is here to prove that no matter where you are on your journey, you can sparkle this Christmas WORDS SARAH NITTINGER

PHOTOGRAPHY IAN HARRISON

MEET OUR EXPERT

London- and Paris-based celebrity stylist Arabella Boyce has worked with some big names including the Beckhams and Bianca Jagger.

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Leanne

efore joining Weight Watchers, my biggest issues with party dress shopping were finding one to flatter my curves and then having the confidence to actually wear it. My family and friends would tell me I was beautiful no matter what, but I always had trouble believing it. Now that I’m losing weight, my confidence is growing, but it can still be hard to choose the right size clothes. Sometimes I’m happily surprised to find I can fit into certain dresses, then other times I’m disappointed that I can’t. My style’s quite quirky, too, and so this Christmas I’d like to be able to show it off in a dress that both flatters my START WEIGHT figure and makes me feel amazing. 15st 16st3.5lb 8lb

This is

AL M E AANNND EA

Before

GOAL WEIGHT 10st 12lb 8st 10lb CURRENT WEIGHT 11st 13st7.5lb 9lb AGE 38 28 5in HEIGHT 5ft 1in JOINEDSeptember October 2016 JOINED 2016 TIME TAKEN SO FAR 10 months 1 year, 1 month MEETING Flamsteed Centre, Glyndwr University, Ilkeston, Derbyshire Wrexham COACH Glen Moore Maggie Roberts

ARABELLA SAYS: ‘While you’re on your journey, there might be a few areas of your body you’re not totally comfortable showing off just yet. Instead of focusing on those bits, accentuate what you do love about yourself with sheer cut-out details or eye-catching accessories, and invest in good-quality shapewear to smooth out any wobbly bits. And my best piece of advice? Avoid baggy clothes and instead buy items in your true size.’


LIFE

CHRISTMAS PARTY DRESSES ‘An off-the-shoulder, V-shaped neckline shows off Leanne’s slim shoulders and elongates her shape, making her look taller and even more trim.’

‘A dress that pulls in at the waist highlights Leanne’s smallest part. To accentuate it even more, she could also wear a sparkly belt.’

‘Bold earrings draw the eye up to Leanne’s gorgeous face and away from any areas she’s less confident about.’

Shop your style

Choose a dress that makes you feel great ‘Contrasting jewel tones like the deep purple dress and punchy pink shoes, add a bit of personality to this outfit.’

Mesh sleeves reveal a hint of skin while still offering plenty of coverage. £50, Evans (evans.co.uk)

Leanne wears: Dress, £110, Vivien of Holloway (vivienofholloway.com); shoes, stylist’s own; earrings, necklace, bracelet and ring, all Mishanto (mishanto.me)

‘The A-line design skims over Leanne’s tummy and hips – and is fun to twirl in!’ LEANNE’S VERDICT ‘I would never have chosen this dress, but when I put it on, I received so many compliments.’

Cut-out shoulders draw attention upwards. £71.99, Mat at Navabi (navabi.co.uk)

The shift cut of this sequined dress skims over curves, adding sparkle without any bulk. £69, Simply Be (simplybe.co.uk)

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Christmas NEARLY AT GOAL

F

manda

or me, Christmas party dresses should make a statement. But when I was bigger, the bold styles I loved only seemed to be available up to a size 16. My choices were limited to old-fashioned, frumpy looks that weren’t me, so I hated shopping – especially at Christmas. But after losing almost 4st, I now have plenty of options. It’s definitely a nice problem to have, but it’s hard to know where to start! I’m still figuring out what suits me, but I know that this year I want to show off my slim waist and bring back a bit of sparkle.

This is

AMANDA

Before

START WEIGHT 15st 3lb GOAL WEIGHT 10st 12lb

CURRENT WEIGHT 11st 6lb AGE 38 HEIGHT 5ft 5in JOINED October 2016 TIME TAKEN SO FAR 1 year MEETING Flamsteed Centre, Ilkeston, Derbyshire COACH Glen Moore

ARABELLA SAYS: ‘You’ve done so well

to get so near to your goal weight, and you should be really proud to show off your shape – especially your newly slim waist. Shape-fitting wriggle and pencil dresses work well for an hourglass figure, as do fit-and-flare dresses. Wrap dresses or similar styles are also great for defining that beautiful waist. Look for colour block dresses too: some have clever “illusion” panels that will create a gorgous, slim silhouette’

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AMANDA’S VERDICT ‘This look was way outside my comfort zone, but when I saw how the dress looked on me, I loved it. It helped me realise how far I’ve come – and that I don’t have to stick to just black.’


CHRISTMAS PARTY DRESSES ‘Not ready for full-on sequins just yet? Amanda’s show-stopping necklace still has the wow factor.’ ‘If you still want a bit of coverage on the arms, a style with cap-like sleeves, like this one, is a great alternative to cover-ups.’ ‘Wrap details, like the criss-cross panels on this dress, show off Amanda’s curves in the best way. They help slim down hips and accentuate her waist and bust.’

‘A hemline that sits just above the knee is perfect for highlighting Amanda’s newly toned and trim legs.’

Ruching detail disguises your tum, while still highlighting your slimmer waist. £49, Star by Julien Macdonald at Debenhams (debenhams.com)

Not quite ready to bare all up top? Dresses with lace across the chest and upper arms are both flattering and feminine. £95, Laura Ashley (lauraashley.com)

If you’re still working on your arms, a batwing sleeve on an otherwise tight-fit dress is a clever cover-up. £42, Dorothy Perkins (dorothyperkins.com)

Get your sparkle on

Wow friends, family and yourself with a festive statement dress

‘The V-shape of these shoes (which mirrors the neckline of the dress) creates a flattering, slimming line that continues all the way up Amanda’s body.’

Amanda wears: Dress, stylist’s own; shoes, £89 and necklace, £15, both Monsoon (monsoon.co.uk)

A cinched waist will draw attention to your thinnest part, while ruched sleeves will help slim down arms. £45, Dorothy Perkins (dorothyperkins.com)

Want to show off your toned legs but nervous about getting your arms out? A long-sleeved sparkly number is for you. £89, Marks & Spencer (marksandspencer.com)

Shift-style dresses will highlight your hard work, but won’t cling to your hips or stomach. £30, George at Asda (asda.com)

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Christmas SELEN’S VERDICT I feel amazing in this dress. The edginess makes me feel youthful and, wearing a short, tight style is a real confidence boost!’

AT GOAL

W

Selen

ary of looking bottom-heavy, I would always resort to plain, loose-fitting maxi dresses to hide my hips and legs. I’d always been pear-shaped, but at 13st and just over 5ft tall, the difference between my upper and lower body was exaggerated. But now that I’ve lost over 3st and got to goal, I have the confidence to try on almost anything – including tight-fitting dresses. But I’m still unsure which styles best suit my shape.

This is

SELEN START WEIGHT 13st GOAL WEIGHT 9st 9lb CURRENT WEIGHT 9st 9lb AGE 32 HEIGHT 5ft 4in

JOINED February 2016 TIME TAKEN TO GOAL 11 months

Hair and make-up: Charlotte Gaskell & Ami Penfold at LHA Represents

Before

MEETING Centre Point Youth & Community Centre, Reading, Berkshire COACH Emma Fredriksen

ARABELLA SAYS: ‘Getting to goal is a huge accomplishment, so it’s a great time to try something new. Bodycon dresses are an obvious choice, but there are other ways to celebrate your shape: dresses with low or sheer backs, bright colours or sequins will ensure all eyes are on you. My top tip? Choose the dress that makes you feel most confident – that’s the one you’ll look the most beautiful in!’

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CHRISTMAS PARTY DRESSES

Time to celebrate

‘A high neckline is ultra-flattering for pear shapes, as it highlights narrow shoulders and draws the eye up to balance out hips.’

Get heads turning in one of these flattering numbers

‘This sleeveless design accentuates Selen’s toned arms.’

‘ A fitted, structured style with an eyecatching print is a great way to ensure Selen’s shape is on show.’

You’ve worked hard for your trim figure so show it off with bold colours and patterns. £79, Marks & Spencer (Marksandspencer.com)

A lace cut-out back is a clever way to draw attention to toned muscles. £65, Little Mistress (little-mistress.com)

‘When you’re wearing a bold pattern, choose pared-back accessories like these simple bangles and matching rings. They add a touch of sparkle without detracting from your shape.’

‘Matching tights and shoes make legs look even longer and leaner.’ Selen wears: Dress, £99, Monsoon (monsoon.co.uk); shoes, stylist’s own; ring (on right hand), £18, ring (on left hand), £18, both Accessorize (accessorize.com)

Love your legs? A high split will put them in focus. £65, Very (very.co.uk)

Strappy dresses are perfect for highlighting newly toned arms – and ruching along the middle draws attention to a slim waist. £69, Marks & Spencer (marksandspencer.com)

If you’re conscious of a newly small chest, go for a dark dress with pretty decoration. £149, Monsoon (monsoon.co.uk)

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STAY ON TRACK

With a pretty case like this, you’ll never leave your phone at home again – making keeping track of SmartPoints that much easier. Phone case, £18, Skinny Dip (skinnydiplondon.com)

Christmas

MAKE FAMILY TIME SPECIAL

Capture special moments with a compact camera that prints as you snap. Instax Mini 9, £73.99, Fujifilm (fujifilm.co.uk/shop)

Resolution SOLUTION! 25 GIFTS TO MAKE 2018 GREAT Santa’s making his list (and checking it twice)… But what to ask for? These gifts will help you get a head start on your resolutions

START JOGGING

First step, get the right shoes for the job. Flex 2017 RN, £74.95, Nike (nike.com)

4

GET ORGANISED

A hands-free, voice-controlled personal assistant will help sort your life out. Echo Dot, £49.99, Amazon (amazon.co.uk)

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Christmas

DRINK MORE WATER Anyone for a peppermint tea? This ultra-cool kettle will encourage you to make more cuppas. Cooksworks Textured Kettle, £29.99, Argos (argos.co.uk)

7

STAY INSPIRED

Start your new workout regime as you mean to go on with stylish fitness wear you’ll want to show off. Top, £29.95, Proskins (proskins.co)

SAVE MORE, SPEND LESS

Keep your budget (that’s SmartPoints and £££s!) in check with healthy packed lunches. Double Decker Lunch Box, £5.99, Weight Watchers (weightwatchersshop.co.uk) 102 \ Weight Watchers Magazine

This ‘superblend’ of essential oils could help you drift off to sleep more easily. Dream Team, £10, thisworks (thisworks.com)

8

HIT THE GYM

9

6

GET MORE SLEEP

Find all the inspiration you need in this very mag. Weight Watchers magazine subscription, £22* (subscriptions.weightwatchersmagazine.co.uk)

FEEL CONFIDENT

According to science, great aromas can enhance mood and make you feel more confident. Ô De L’Orangerie Eau De Toilette Spray, £49 (for 125ml), Lancôme (lancome.co.uk)

11

STAY MOTIVATED

Tough workout or bad day? Your favourite tunes will power you through. Earbuds, £19.99, Happy Plugs (happyplugs.com)

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CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

13

12

MAKE TIME FOR FRIENDS

TRY SOMETHING NEW

Forget Facebook – pop a gorgeous handwritten note in the post instead. Ombre Notecards, £10, Abigail Warner at notonthehighstreet.com

GO FOR GLAMOUR

Move over, colouring books! These paper projects will help you create everything from scrapbooks to greetings cards. Paper Craft, £14.99, DK (dk.com)

15

MAKE MORE ‘ME TIME’

These eye-catching earrings will remind you to reach for the stars. Earrings, £16, Oliver Bonas (oliverbonas.com)

Spend your downtime in a luxe robe. Kimono, £42, B by Ted Baker at Debenhams (debenhams.com)

16

BE POSITIVE

KEEP SMILING

This trio of hydrating lip balms will make sure that smile never slips. Elizabeth Arden Lip Oil Trio, £32, Debenhams (debenhams.com)

17

Yoshimoto will help you uncover the joy in every day. 99 Things That Bring Me Joy illustrated by Hiroko Yoshimoto, £11.99, Abrams Noterie (abramsandchronicle.co.uk)

GET ACTIVE

Track every move you make with this stylish waterproof gadget. Misfit Ray, £79.99, Misfit (misfit.com)

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19

STRESS LESS

Use the calming combination of sandalwood and lavender to soothe frazzled nerves. Equilibrium De-Stress Wax Filled Glass, £22, Wax Lyrical (wax-lyrical.com)

COOK FROM SCRATCH

One great dish is all you need to whip up everything from traybakes to roasts. Classic Kitchen 31cm Rectangular Dish, £13, Mason Cash (masoncash.co.uk)

EAT YOUR 5-A-DAY

This 3-in-1 gadget spiralises, shreds and slices fruit and veg in an instant. Veggie Bullet, £149.99, High Street TV (highstreettv.com)

22

TRY NEW RECIPES

Low SmartPoints recipe inspiration is at your fingertips with our range of cookbooks. From £7.95, available in meetings and online, Weight Watchers (weightwatchersshop.co.uk)

24 GO OFFLINE

Need to unplug? This subscription service delivers a vintage classic and a box of tea to your door each month, encouraging you to read more (and not on your tablet!). Tea and Book Club Subscription, £36 for 3 months, Bookishly (bookishly.co.uk) 104 \ Weight Watchers Magazine

23

GET OUTDOORS

Growing your own herbs and veggies will give you the perfect reason to spend more time in the garden. Seed Starter’s Gift Box, £38, Snapdragon at notonthehighstreet.com

25

BE MORE CHARITABLE

Buy products from philanthropic companies such as The Soap Co. which works with CLARITY to provide employment to the blind. Not only will you smell good, but you’ll be doing good too. Bar Soap in Black Poppy & Wild Fig, £7, The Soap Co. (thesoapco.org)

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Ways to stay In meetings

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EXPERTS

Christmas

OUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING GURUS ARE HERE TO SOLVE YOUR SEASONAL WORRIES AND KEEP YOU IN GREAT SHAPE OVER CHRISTMAS

WELLBEING NUTRITION FITNESS HEALTH

Find more advice from Deborah at: growyourownhappiness.com

Deborah Smith is a positive psychologist specialising in the science of happiness and mindfulness. She has more than 25 years’ experience as a psychotherapist and is here to help, so email her at weightwatchers @seven.co.uk

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My sister-in-law often makes jokes about my weight, which I end up taking to heart. How can I handle this when I’m around her at Christmas? Bethany Forster, Newcastle upon Tyne

It’s not easy to deal with negative comments about ourselves, no matter if they’re meant as a joke or not. People I call frenemies (think half friend, half enemy) are found in any group, whether it’s your family, friends or in the workplace. They’re difficult to spot initially, as their approach might seem friendly, which encourages you to view them as an ally. However, they can be equally judgemental, jealous or competitive, criticising you in front of other people, gossiping about you, or letting you down at the last minute.

Once you recognise a frenemy for what she or he is, their power to hurt you is greatly diminished and their behaviour will become predictable. There are many reasons why people behave this way, but one thing they likely all have in common is unhappiness and a drive to project their negativity onto others. So, the next time your sister-in-law makes a jibe about your weight, understand that her comments say a lot about her and nothing about you. Finally, bring your focus back to yourself and be proud of what you’ve achieved on your get-healthy journey.

TRY IT THIS MONTH CALLING ALL THE JINGLE LADIES! Inject fun into your seasonal socials by wearing something cheerful, like this jumper (£32, Debenhams).

MANTRA

'What we think, we become '

This Buddhist proverb reminds us to be aware of the power of our thoughts: make an effort to think positively about yourself and your future.

TALKING POINT 3 WAYS TO MAKE PEACE WITH 2017

1 PUT THE ‘HAPPY’ IN CHRISTMAS

Make a pact with friends and family that only positive topics will be discussed around the Christmas dinner table.

2 THANKSGIVING

Do you keep a gratitude journal? Read over it to remind yourself of 2017’s positive events and achievements.

3 GAME PLAN

If there was something you hoped for or tried to achieve in 2017, but it didn’t happen, make a plan to help you move closer to that goal in the new year.


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Christmas

WELLBEING NUTRITION FITNESS HEALTH Zoe Griffiths is head of public health at Weight Watchers and has all the answers when it comes to eating well. If you have a question about food, get in touch. Email her at weightwatchers @seven.co.uk

A

Q

I always end up overdoing it at Christmas and gaining weight. What are some healthy festive options I can fill up on that won’t send me off track? Kit Healy, Andover

There’s no need to miss out on festive favourites when you’re following a healthy-eating plan. With a bit of preparation, the two can work together! For an indulgent, but healthy breakfast, top golden scrambled eggs (2 eggs whisked with ½ tsp ground turmeric) with flaked salmon – an oil-rich fish that’s a good source of omega 3 fatty acids. Or, put a seasonal spin on your porridge with a sprinkling of ground nutmeg, cinnamon and orange zest. When it comes to Christmas dinner, turkey is a lean source of protein, B vitamins, zinc and potassium. Most of the fat is found in or just under the skin (and in gravy made from the roasting juices, of course), so go for the skinless breast meat. And if you’re vegetarian, try butternut squash stuffed

TRY IT THIS MONTH SET THE SCENE

Make sure your festive table is as well-dressed as your guests with The Collection 16-Piece Two-Tone Cutlery Set (£24.99, Argos).

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with protein-rich pulses, high-fibre brown rice, cranberries and spices. Or, try the WW Kitchen team’s delicious beetroot Wellington with all the trimmings (P.55). Don’t forget to pile your plate high with seasonal veg too! Go for steamed, as these retain more nutrients than boiled, and use herbs and spices to add flavour in place of gravy, salt or sugary glazes, which can add SmartPoints. Other great options are chestnuts – they’re low in fat, unlike other nuts, yet equally tasty – and sweet potatoes, which contain beta carotene. For pud, try a sweet, juicy satsuma or an apple baked with cloves and spices – lighter than Christmas pudding, but still full of seasonal flavour, and one of your 5-a-day. Enjoy!

MANTRA

l e s n i t r u o y t ' Don' t ge le!' in a tang It’s all about balance – if you know you’ll be at a buffet for Christmas dinner, stick to your regular healthy routine during the day. And remember, your weekly SmartPoints allowance is there to use on a festive treat, or two…

TALKING POINT 3 SEASONAL DRINKS IDEAS

1 FEELING FRUITY

Go for slimline tonic in your G&T, and add a few slices of fresh lime and a couple of cranberries for a seasonal twist.

2 HOT GINGER

When added to boiled water with lemon slices and a drop of honey, ginger makes a warming winter drink. The fresh stuff is also a source of potassium, which helps maintain normal blood pressure.

3 MINTY REFRESHMENT

A cup of mint tea can help to relieve indigestion, especially after a Christmas feast. To reap the benefits, make a brew using tea containing dried mint leaves, rather than mint flavouring. Or simply steep fresh mint leaves in boiling water.


ASK OUR EXPERTS

37% of people who join a gym in January quit before the month is over. Find a form of exercise you really enjoy and focus on fun in 2018!

WELLBEING NUTRITION FITNESS HEALTH Jennie Gadsby is a personal trainer who specialises in weight loss and supporting people who are new to exercise. Jennie is a Gold Member and a Coach too! Email her at weightwatchers @seven.co.uk

Consult your doctor before trying a new exercise regime. Find more advice from Jennie at: setufree.co.uk

A

Q

I’m putting new fitness kit on my Christmas wish list this year. What should I look for in workout gear, trainers and equipment?

Shanhi Graham, Luton

Fitness gear always tops my Christmas wish list, and it’s worth investing in pieces (or asking Santa to!), when the quality can affect your performance. I’ve found trainers, sports bras and leggings are items worth spending a bit more on. With footwear, it’s about getting the right support for your needs, and enough ventilation. I love New Balance trainers, as they come in various fit options and are long-lasting. When buying a sports bra, prioritise a good fit and the right amount of support over fashion. The range by Shock Absorber (shockabsorber.co.uk) is especially great for high-impact exercise, but there are lots of other good brands out there. I’ve even found a good range of designs and sizes at Marks & Spencer.

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For leggings that are both practical and make you look good, go for an elastane blend. Fabrics with at least 10 per cent elastane will give you a good fit and be quick-drying (to combat those embarrassing sweat patches). The range at Sweaty Betty (sweatybetty.com) is definitely high-end, but also high-tech and flattering, so it’s great for gifts. To update your fitness kit, consider asking for a new yoga mat, as fitness routines that incorporate elements of mindfulness, such as yoga, Pilates, tai chi and fusions of these exercises, are going to be big next year. Check out the gift guide on P.101 for more inspo.

Board game challenges are as traditional as turkey at Christmas, but how about swapping them for an active table tennis tournament? Simply transform the dining table with the Portable Table Tennis Set (£19.99, Coolstuff).

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How likely are you to run a marathon by next summer, or get to the gym before work every day? Set goals that are challenging, but also achievable.

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a t u o h t i w l 'A goa ' h s i w a t s u j plan i s Stop wishing to see positive results and instead, plan how you’ll actually achieve them. New Year’s Day is an ideal time to review your goals and sort out a strategy.

Schedule a little bit of activity into every single day. Check out the hashtag #runningstreak on social media for inspirational pics and posts from people who are running as little as one mile every day.

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If you do what you have done in the past, you’re likely to get the same old results. So, if your fitness routine hasn’t helped you lose weight or build strength, make 2018 the year you try something new.


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Christmas Undercooked turkey can cause food poisoning so make sure the juices run clear and use a food thermometer to check the thickest meat reaches at least 70°C for two minutes.

Dr Naomi Potter is a GP in an NHS practice. She’s also a busy mum of five and runs her own organic bath and home fragrance business from home. Email your health concerns to her at weightwatchers @seven.co.uk

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Winter is notorious for cold and flu, but also vomiting viruses such as norovirus. Late nights, close contact with people and buffet-style meals at parties can make you more susceptible to them, but there are things you can do to help. If you’re in a confined space with a crowd (hello, drinks party!) remember that some viruses are spread by droplets from the nose or mouth and can live outside the body (such as on a door handle) for hours, so wash your hands with soap regularly, and avoid touching your nose or mouth. Also, don’t eat food that’s been on the table all evening (food can be contaminated by a sneeze or cough too), open a window to get some fresh air, and if someone has a cold, swerve their kiss under the mistletoe.

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Alcohol dehydrates the body, and that’s what causes many of the symptoms we call a ‘hangover’. So, for every beer, cocktail or glass of wine you drink, follow it with a glass of water.

Norovirus is short-lived, but very contagious. If you do catch it, allow yourself to rest, drink lots of water and stay at home for 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea. Also, clean surfaces with disinfectant and wash the towels and sheets you’ve used on a hot setting. Recovery from upper respiratory viruses which cause a runny nose, cough and feeling unwell can take up to two weeks. So get plenty of rest, throw away used tissues immediately, and stay hydrated. When you’re not out partying, try to eat healthily, get enough sleep, and stay active, as these all help to keep your immune system in good shape.

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Being out in the chill wearing nothing but a party dress can cause illness. Plan your ride home after a night out, and wear a coat – even if you’re not feeling particularly cold.

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Make a special effort to stick to a healthy eating and sleep routine on the days you’re not out socialising. You’ll feel better, look better and be less likely to gain weight over Christmas.

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Drinking too much alcohol can cause hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose), which makes you feel shaky or dizzy. Eating a starchy snack, such as oatcakes or wholegrain toast, before a night out can help to keep your blood glucose stable.

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Need a boost? Log onto Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – they’re great for connecting with like-minded people for inspiration and support. Use the hashtag #MyWWJourney – we’d love to follow your progress

@lizamac32 Felt nice to get some foam rolling done tonight. Stretching is just as important as working out!

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Getting to goal was the final step on Sandra Carnevale’s amazing weightloss journey. Now, nearly 3st lighter, she shares five ways her Christmas has changed for the better…

MY HIGH FIVE! the run-up

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I used to celebrate Christmas all through December and took full advantage of the festive supermarket offers, buying box after box of goodies! Now, I avoid temptation by shopping online, and keep the celebrations to just three days.

After I reached goal, I started going to the gym regularly – and I keep it up during the festive period too. I find staying active keeps me motivated, and it’s a good way to burn off those extra Christmas treats.

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For my first Christmas at goal, I splurged on a personal shopper to find the perfect party dress. Being able to try on outfits, look in the mirror, and actually like my reflection was a new experience. Since then, I’ve been able to buy dresses with confidence.

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