Our ‘Healthy4Life’ programme helps families across North Tyneside and the title speaks for itself – being healthy is a life-long commitment. Being healthy for one day isn’t going to change your life, the same as having the occasional treat won’t ruin all of your hard work!

So, to turn the ‘a dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ phrase on its head, being healthy is for life, and isn’t to be forgotten at Christmas!

As always, we’re here to help! The Healthy4Life team has created a 12 day guide to a more active and healthy Christmas – with lots of festive fun for the family…

Day three

Vixen’s veggie mash

Sometimes it can be tricky to get your five a day around Christmas time. It can also be difficult to get children to eat vegetables!

With Vixen’s veggie mash, you can have a variety of six different vegetables and maybe successfully hide some so they’re not noticed by those little eyes…


  • 200g Brussel sprouts
  • 100g parsnips
  • 100g turnip
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 white onion
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper for taste plus any other herbs and spices you like

Tip: Adding a tablespoon of low-fat yoghurt makes it really creamy!


  • Steam all the vegetables until soft
  • Get a potato masher and manually mash all the veg together or place in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.