British chef creates 'world's healthiest Christmas dinner'

The entire meal contains just 19 grams of fat - the equivalent of three mince pies. Credit: SWNS

A British chef has created the world's healthiest Christmas dinner - a three-course festive feast with fewer calories than a single bowl of mixed nuts.

Gurpareet Bains' "Guilt-Free Gala" contains a total of just 930 calories, over two-thirds less than the classic lunch.

It still includes turkey with roast potatoes and all the trimmings, a lobster and vegetable starter, and a rich fruit pudding with mascarpone cheese for dessert.

But nutritionist Bains replaced traditional, oily ingredients with healthy superfoods to reduce its calorific content by 71 per cent.

Bains, an award-winning Anglo-Indian chef and bestselling cookery author, first hit the headlines in 2009 after creating a cancer-fighting curry.

His fans now include a host of celebrities including DJ Chris Evans and designer Vivienne Westwood, and the Royal Family.

The chef said: "I set out to create a traditional Christmas dinner with a twist, and one that is not just better for you than classic lunches but that is actually good for you."

According to research, the average Brit will unwittingly consume 7,000 calories on Christmas Day alone and gain 6lbs between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.