From family gatherings to corporate dinners, impromptu afternoon drinks with friends you haven’t seen in a year or just sweet temptations that you got in the company raffle… it’s quite easy to slip into the holiday eating rut.

Paloma Ruiz is our Integrative Nutritionist at the Marbella Club.

We’re thankful that at the Marbella Club, our Integrative Nutritionist, Paloma Ruiz, is willing to give us a comprehensive list of her TOP 12 tips to get through the holiday sprint in the healthiest way possible.

12 -Feel free to indulge sometimes! But, try to enjoy eating for social and emotional health for just 10% of the time.

11- I love a rumbling tummy sometimes! It’s the best feeling prior to a festive meal!

10- Avoid snacking between meals to really enjoy the food when you’re eating.

9- Christmas bombards us every year with sweet and sugar loaded temptation. There are wonderful opportunities to make your own healthier alternatives to serve guests. There are also loads of recipes out there, try them and experiment! Scroll to the bottom for one of my favourites.

8- I would also make lots of vegetarian meals with legumes or beans, to experience in some nourishing plant-based protein. A perfect meal would be Quinoa Nut Roast with pommegranates and cranberries with a beautiful green salad on the side.

7- Don’t forget about fish oils throughout the winter – as it is a great natural source of dietary Vitamin D. Go for wild salmon, sardines or mackerel.

6- Have lots of delicious wintery vegetables for supper, with some great quality protein sources on the side.

A carrot and turmeric soup can be a great and filling lunch.

5- Go for carrot and turmeric soup maybe topped with Harissa Chickpeas for a yummy and filling lunch.

4- Whizz up a big batch of soup or bone broth, or a simple salad every day.

3- I like to always make sure I have had a good portion of protein. This really makes a difference to hunger for the rest of the day and balances blood sugar from the start.

2- Evenings wrapped in my comfiest knitwear, in front of a big wood fire.

1- Spending time in the company of people I love.

Want to know more about Paloma’s role within the Marbella Club’s wellness offering? Visit us here.


Holiday treats can be healthy, too!



Makes approx. 10 pieces

¾ cup pecans

½ cup almonds

3–4 fresh dates

1 tbsp grated orange zest

½ tsp ceylon cinnamon

½ tsp ground cardamom

A pinch of sea salt


Measure the nuts and almonds into a blender and blend until you have a fine crumble. Remove the pits from the dates and add the dates into the blender with the spices.

Mix until you have a thick, malleable dough. Roll the dough into balls, put the balls into a freezer container and store in the freezer for about 15 minutes.

Store in the fridge until serving.

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