There’s no doubt that Aussies love to overindulge in food and alcohol consumption over the Christmas period and that this can negatively affect our health and wellbeing.

However, the common pressures around festive planning are sometimes overlooked – from present shopping for friends and family and decorating the house, to juggling a busier social calendar and ensuring the kitchen pantry is adequately stocked for unexpected visitors.

To help avoid silly season stress and festive fatigue for you and the whole family, Flordis Iberogast® Food Coach Judy Davie has compiled 9 pantry must-haves to keep in the kitchen this Christmas.

  1. A high speed blender to whizz together rejuvenating ‘morning-after’ smoothies or healthy frozen desserts with the flick of a switch.
  1. Frozen berries and cherries to throw in the blender. Berries are a powerful antioxidant fruit that helps keep our inner health on track during times of overindulgence.
  1. A large tub of natural yoghurt containing probiotics – to use in the blended smoothies and frozen desserts.
  1. A bottle of Flordis Iberogast – to provide the family with quick relief from uncomfortable digestive symptoms they the family may experience during the festive season (which is often the case when people’s diets are altered to include more food and heavier high energy meals).
  1. Christmas granola – always have a batch of ready to serve granola on hand for an impressive, nutritious low effort breakfast for the guests.
  1. Organic wines, herbal teas and caffeine-free coffee beans to have on hand as refreshments to delight visitors. Herbal teas that include rooibos are great choices.
  1. A large jar of mixed raw nuts to roast quickly in the oven or air fryer. They make a great snack to serve to guests.
  1. A couple of packs of mixed olives are always great to have on stand-by. Warm them up and serve with pre-dinner drinks.
  1. Traditional fruit-based Christmas cake – it wouldn’t be Christmas without cake!


What would you add to this list?

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  • No stress here at Christmas time. No friends (who aren’t busy doing their own family things) no family since the kids moved interstate. So nothing to cause stress, just the 2 of us


  • I agree with Christmas Cake,a must have!


  • This was an interesting mini article. Thanks for posting!


  • what a great list of ingredients. Some of which i would not have thought of. thanks for a great article!


  • mmm Fresh roasted nuts sound good. Obviously another plus for the airfryer that keeps on being brought up.


  • I always had frozen berries on hand in the freezer.. Don’t think it’s such a good idea anymore!


  • Always have frozen berries and yoghurt, love the combination for a quick breakfast.


  • I’d probably try to stock up on all the items in the list year around except for the Christmas cake.


  • It would cost me my entire Xmas budget to stick to this list!


  • Yes not quite what my list looks like, but interesting.


  • I always love to have a few packets of frozen berries in the freezer over the Christmas period. As well as a few pavlova shells and I start cooking mini Christmas puddings early wrap them as gifts.


  • ok i would never have guessed that a blender would be on this list

    • cheers for the tips. use for this christmas


  • I have some of the items I still have last years christmas cake in my pantry also oops must get around to eating that


  • I have some of those things on hand but not all.


  • This is a great list I’m glad I read this as now I know what to stock up on after Christmas.. Thanks for your help.


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