Here's to a trim Christmas!

In the third and final part of our WeightWatchers diet series, we have put together a menu plan that covers the period between Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Follow it and you could lose a minimum of 2lb in a week. You can swop around all the recipes and meal suggestions below as you like - just stick to 20 points a day.

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To keep nutrient levels up, it is crucial to drink two points' worth of milk a day (one pint of skimmed milk or half a pint of semi-skimmed).

Use in tea, coffee, in recipes or on cereal. Just don't forget to add it to your daily total. In addition, try to drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

BOXING DAY

  • Breakfast: 4 points

    2 eggs, scrambled, 1 slice toast, tsp low-fat spread.

    Woman eating yoghurt

  • Lunch: 5 points

    Pitta bread filled with wafer-thin ham, tbsp reduced-calorie coleslaw, salad.

    Dessert: 2 satsumas.

  • Dinner: 6½ points

    Turkey Cannelloni (serves 4 - 4½ points per serving)

    Method

    Soak 15g porcini in 75ml boiling water for 20 mins. Drain, reserving liquid and chop. Preheat oven to Gas 6/200c/fan oven 180c. To make filling, spray large frying pan with low-fat oil. Add 225g minced turkey, 1 diced onion, 2 crushed garlic cloves and fry until onions are soft. Add porcini, liquid, 1tsp dried thyme and ½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir in 1tbsp tomato purée.

    Fill 125g of cannelloni tubes with turkey mixture then lay in a dish. For topping, mix 1tsp cornflour with ½tbsp water. Blend with 225ml very low-fat plain yogurt, add 50g soft cheese and season. Pour over cannelloni and top with 50g grated cheddar. Bake for 45 minutes. Dessert: Small portion of fresh fruit salad or tin of fruit cocktail in juice, scoop of low-fat ice cream (2 points).

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    DECEMBER 27

  • Breakfast: 3 points

    Medium bowl of cornflakes, wheatflakes or branflakes, ¼pint skimmed milk, small banana.

  • Lunch: 6 points

    2 slices of bread filled with 3 slices of turkey, tsp low fat spread, Cranberry sauce, lettuce, tomato and cucumber.

    Dessert: 1 Marks & Spencer Walnut Whip (2 points).

  • Dinner: 8 points

    Baked salmon and vegetables (serves one - 6 points)

    Method

    Medium salmon steak baked in foil with lemon and herbs, 4 small potatoes tossed in tsp low-fat spread and parsley, carrots and broccoli.

    Dessert: Small meringue nest filled with tbsp low-fat fromage frais and medium portion of raspberries (2 points).

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    DECEMBER 28

  • Breakfast: 3 points

    Slice of toast, poached egg, grilled flat mushrooms and tomatoes, small glass of fruit juice.

  • Lunch: 5 points

    Medium slice (60g) pork pie with a big mixed salad, fat-free dressing.

  • Dinner: 7½ points

    Speedy Coronation Chicken (serves 1 - 7½ points)

    Method

    Mix a tbsp of fat-free Greek yogurt with 1tbsp salsa, 1tbsp low-fat mayonnaise, 1tbsp mango chutney and 1tsp curry powder. Add one medium-sized, cooked and chopped skinless chicken breast _ mix well and serve with a medium jacket potato, mixed leaves, tomato, cucumber, salad onions and red pepper.

  • Dessert: Sugar-free jelly - 0 points
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