The low-cal Christmas dinner for jockeys

Food scientists cook up low-calorie Christmas dinner so jockeys can enjoy festive fare without failing the weigh-in.

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The low calorie Xmas dinner for jockeys

The meal is just 294 calories Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

A team of food scientists has come up with a low-calorie Christmas dinner so jockeys can enjoy festive fare without failing the weigh-in.

The average Brit gets through thousands of calories on Christmas Day but Dr Rachel Edwards-Stuart, who spent three years working with Berkshire-based chef Heston Blumenthal, and Miguel Toribio-Mateas, chairman of the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy, have created a 294 calorie meal.

The team, recruited by bookmakers William Hill, was asked to come up with a meal for the jockeys racing over the festive period who normally restrict themselves to crackers and water.

The meal features turkey gel and potato foam Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

They used modern cooking techniques to come up with a meal including turkey gel, dehydrated Brussel sprouts, potato foam and cranberry air.

Champion jockey AP McCoy, who is riding on Boxing Day, said it was "a great invention" that would let him join in with his family at Christmas.

He said: "I always used to feel a bit left out when they all started tucking in to their turkey so this year I am looking forward to enjoying the full flavours of Christmas lunch, without having to worry about the calories."

Champion jockey AP McCoy tucks in Credit: David Parry/PA Wire
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