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Kate Middleton's Family Has the Best Approach to a Healthy Christmas Dinner

Kate Middleton's Family Has the Best Approach to a Healthy Christmas Dinner


The royals will dine on a rich Christmas dinner this year—with a special dietary twist.

Those who follow special diets or suffer from food allergies face a unique challenge when the holiday season rolls around. Holiday meals aren't always diet-friendly—which is true even for those in the royal family. Carole Middleton, Kate Middleton's mother, recently adopted a vegan diet, according to a new report from British newspaper The Telegraph. Interestingly enough, she will host a few high-profile members of the British royal family for a formal Christmas dinner.

Prince William and Duchess Kate will be traveling to Berkshire, England, to the spend the holidays at the Middleton family estate, and they'll be joined by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, People reports. With so many of the royals at one table, you can't help but wonder—what will they eat?

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“If I go to someone’s house for dinner, I’m not going to make a fuss,” Middleton told The Telegraph. “For Christmas, I’d probably have two options—very traditional and something vegan.”

At Cooking Light, we've previously said it's best practice for those dealing with dietary restrictions to actually bring their own meals to a holiday event—but we love that the Middletons, regardless of their varying diets, will make both traditional and plant-based recipes for everyone to enjoy at the table.

More on how the royal family stays in tip top shape:

The Middleton family has discovered a solution for hosting a dinner that everyone can enjoy this holiday season. Taking the time to cook vegan dishes—in addition to traditional recipes—is a great way to enjoy a healthier dinner that’s also (quite literally) fit for a king.


Kate Middleton Reveals Prince Louis Loves to Eat Beets: It's 'a Massive Favorite'

When Kate Middleton, Prince William and their children gather ’round to enjoy Christmas dinner, their meal might include some vegetables from the family’s very own royal vegetable patch.

“We grow our own vegetables,” Kate told TV chef and baker Mary Berry in their upcoming TV special, adding: “We’ve got carrots, beans, beetroot — a massive favorite — Louis absolutely loves beetroot,” the royal mom revealed in the upcoming BBC show, A Berry Royal Christmas, airing in the U.K on Monday evening.

Inspired by Louis’ love of beets, Berry makes a beetroot and chocolate cake during the one-hour show. “I want to create a recipe with the young prince in mind,” said the much-loved British baker, famous for her prior role in The Great British Bake Off.

In a fitting tribute, Kate also revealed that her 4-year-old daughter Princess Charlotte likes a certain crop of their potatoes. 𠇌harlotte obviously likes her Charlotte potatoes,” she says with a smile. (Charlotte potatoes are the most popular salad potato in the U.K. — and similar to new potatoes with their creamy texture.)

Kate has often commented on how much her children — including Prince George — love getting creative in the kitchen, revealing that most recently the whole family made homemade pizzas together (using Berry’s recipe of course!) and that she always makes her children’s birthday cakes from scratch — but doesn’t always get the measurements quite right.

“I love making the cake,” the royal mom shared. “It’s become a bit of a tradition that I stay up ’til midnight with ridiculous amounts of cake mix and icing and I make far too much. But I love it.”

The festive special, which also features Prince William, shows the royal couple in aprons and talking Berry through some of the charity work they are so passionate about. Kate is seen serving mocktails at a dry bar in Liverpool, set up by the charity Action on Addiction, of which she is patron. “It reminded me of my university days when I did a bit of waitressing,” she said. Asked if she was any good, Kate laughs, “No – I was terrible.”

Meanwhile, Prince William reveals how he tries to explain what it means to be homeless to his children. Visiting The Passage charity, he told Berry during the show. “On the school run – I know it sounds a little bit contrite – but on the school run already, bear in mind 6 and 4, whenever we see someone who is sleeping rough on the street I talk about it and I point it out and I explain.”


Unless it's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, members of the royal family are rarely seen showing public displays of affection — especially on television.

However, when talking about her experience filming with William and Kate, Mary Berry said the duke was more affectionate than you might expect.

"It was just lovely observing them for those three days," Berry told the Mail Online.

"When they are together, he's constantly touching her arm and looking over at her smiling and she's the same with him. It was very sweet to see because it was so natural."

However, there was one moment near the end of the show where William reached out and placed a hand on his wife's shoulder.

Almost as quickly as it happened, though, the duchess moved back, shaking his hand off of her.


A Timeline of Kate Middleton’s Biggest Moments of the Decade

It’s hard to believe that the 2010s are coming to an end and harder still to believe that, at the start of the decade, Kate Middleton wasn’t even officially part of the royal family yet. Sure, she’d been around for awhile &mdash but she and Prince William weren’t yet married, meaning she hadn’t assumed her title as Duchess of Cambridge (and Queen-consort-to-be). So, suffice it to say, a lot has happened in the last decade where Kate is concerned.

When the world first met Kate, she was one of William’s classmates at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Rumor had it he was devoting just as much time to wooing her that he was to his studies, so no one was that surprised when the press began linking the Duke of Cambridge to the “pretty young brunette” from his university.

By 2006, they were a bona fide couple, attending the wedding of Camilla Parker-Bowles’ daughter, Laura. And while at that point it was still too early in their relationship to know for sure, fans of the royal family couldn’t help but assume William had also met the person he’d marry. A brief breakup in the spring of 2007 threatened to derail that future but, much to fans’ delight, the two reconciled and were back on track (and by track, we mean the ski slopes) by spring of the following year.

And all of that happened prior to Kate even being a proverbial card-carrying member of the monarchy. So, let’s take a look at the now-Duchess of Cambridge’s biggest moments in the last 10 years &mdash aka her rise in the royal family.

October 2010: William proposes to Kate

Following months of speculation, Buckingham Palace confirmed in November 2010 that Prince William had popped the question. “Prince William and Miss Middleton became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya,” a statement from the royal family revealed. “Prince William has informed The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince William has also sought the permission of Miss Middleton’s father.” Making the moment even more special, of course, was the fact that William gave Kate the iconic sapphire ring that belonged to his late mother, Princess Diana.

April 2011: William and Kate get married!

‘Twas the wedding watched ’round the world! On Friday, April 29, 2011, Prince William married Kate Middleton married in Westminster Abbey. Much like their courtship, the nuptials proved to be something straight out of a fairytale. Lining the aisle were eight 20 feet-high trees. Kate carried a bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William, ivy, myrtle and hyacinth. And after, the newlyweds traveled via horse-drawn carriage procession to Buckingham Palace and were heralded along the streets by members of the public as they went.

January 2012: The Cambridges get a dog

When royal newlyweds get a dog, a baby can’t be far behind. So, when Kate and William got their spaniel, Lupo, the public celebrated the pup for both his cuteness and for what he could mean. As Kate would later reveal, the couple decided to get the canine to help her cope when William had to travel to the Falkland Islands for six weeks in their early marriage.

July 2013: Prince George is born

First comes dog then comes firstborn! On July 22, 2013, Kate and William became first-time parents as they welcomed into the world their son, George Alexander Louis. The child’s official title was announced to be His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

April 2014: The Cambridges tour Australia

Kate’s first official royal visit to Australia would come in 2014. And, even more exciting, she and William took baby George along for the royal tour. Young Prince George proved to be a natural, charming photographers and locals wherever he went. The family of three even squeezed in some sweet memories at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

May 2015: Princess Charlotte is born

On May 2, 2015, Kate gave birth to the couple’s only daughter (so far!): Princess Charlotte. The little girl was born at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, weighing in at 8lb 3oz. She is fourth in line to the throne.

April 2018: Prince Louis is born

The baby of the Cambridge family, Prince Louis, was born on April 23, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, like his siblings. Not surprisingly, Kate wowed when mere hours after the birth she assumed her place on the steps for the traditional press photo. Shortly after the prince’s birth, the Queen helicoptered over to see him.

July 2019: She attends Wimbledon with Meghan Markle

Despite near-constant rumors of a feud, Kate and her royal sister-in-law Meghan Markle enjoyed what appeared to be a lovely day out together at Wimbledon. Also in attendance? Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton. The girls-day-out helped (at the time) to combat speculation of a growing rift in the royal family.

2019: Princess Charlotte’s first day of school

Yes, obviously Princess Charlotte’s first day was about the precocious grade-schooler. Having said that, no one could stop talking about Charlotte’s chic royal mum! That dress, that hair &mdash the Duchess of Cambridge looked poised and put-together as she dropped her daughter off.

2019: She assists the Queen at a diplomatic dinner

In the latest confirmation that Kate is preparing for her eventual role as queen, she attended an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace. Looking truly regal as she mingled with guests, Kate stole headlines the following day for her confident presence by the Queen’s side.


This Is What Kate Middleton Actually Eats

We can't all be Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. But thanks to some new information, we can all eat like her—or at least, we can try to. Thanks to some serious compiling work from Delish, we now know Middleton's diet involves raw foods, homemade curries, and royal feasts. And did I mention she loves sweets, too?

We might not all have access to Great Britain's finest chefs, or fully understand what a Christmas fruitcake entails. But that doesn't mean we can't channel our inner royal selves for a moment or two. Here, eight things Middleton is known to cook, eat, or serve her family.

Middleton reportedly relied on the Dukan Diet when trying to get in shape for her wedding. The program—which Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bundchen have also reportedly given a try—focuses on increasing protein intake and decreasing carbohydrates. Lean proteins, vegetables, fruit, and whole wheat are all on the table, and Middleton's mother (another fan of the regimen) suggests calming cravings with prawns and cottage cheese.

Middleton doesn't go full raw diet all the time, but she's been known to appreciate the trend. She loves ceviche, goji berries, gazpacho, watermelon salad, almond milk, and tabbouleh.

When Middleton was pregnant with Prince George, she struggled with extreme morning sickness and food aversion. While she reportedly attempted to combat her nausea by undergoing food hypnotherapy, she also stuck to a diet of avocados, berries, and oatmeal. These hearty foods helped her put on weight during her pregnancy, despite her morning sickness.

Middleton swears by family recipes so much that she whipped one up for the queen during her first royal family Christmas. Middleton made a batch of her grandmother's famous chutney to give Queen Elizabeth, in lieu of a purchased gift. "I was slightly worried about it," Middleton said of her decision. "But I noticed the next day that it was on the table."

Lovely at-home cooking doesn't keep Middleton from exploring her options. She and husband Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, used their Canadian royal tour as an opportunity to think outside the box, food-wise. Middleton even visited a British Columbia food and wine festival and gave geoduck clams with miso mustard sauce a try! "It's really unusual," she said of the dish. "I've never seen it before."

Middleton enjoys preparing food for her family and sharing meals together at the kitchen table. While Prince William likes to tease her about her cooking, she's known to be quite the hostess. Her go-to dish? Curry.

Unsurprisingly, royal family holiday celebrations are filled with delicious foods. Lunch brings shrimp or lobster salad, roasted turkey, parsnips, carrots, and Brussels sprouts. And dinner involves some sort of rib roast, turkey, or ham—plus 20 other buffet items.

Middleton has a sweet tooth, and she's not afraid to treat those around her, either! Family gatherings often end with sticky toffee pudding or jam roly-poly (a pastry roll filled with fruit preserves). At holiday get-togethers, Christmas pudding and fruitcake are served with afternoon tea. But it doesn't have to be a big occasion for Middleton to treat her family. She's been known to serve her children various sweets at other times, too.


Kate Middleton Shares Updates on the Kids and the Family's Christmas Plans

It sounds like Prince George is getting excited for the holidays.

Now that it's the last week of November, everyone is getting into the holiday spirit &mdash and Prince George is no exception. While visiting North Wales last week, the Duchess shared that her baby boy is excited to start gearing up for Christmas.

While visiting the Men's Shed with Prince William last Friday, the Duchess was asked if she had started preparing for Christmas with the little ones. And she replied, "I haven't started yet, but George will be starting to talk about Christmas soon."

During the visit, the royal couple enjoyed tea and cake, and Kate shared that Prince George and Princess Charlotte are "doing really well" and that "Charlotte is getting bigger and getting on well with her noisy big brother."

The royal tots &mdash who are now 6 months and 2 1/2 years old &mdash may be in for some early presents this year, too. Kate was given knitted, woolen sheep (one with a blue ribbon and the other with a pink one) to give to each child.

The visit to the non-profit organization was the last stop of Will and Kate's "homecoming" trip to Wales, where they lived early in their marriage. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were shown several of the facilities and programs that support mental health, an issue that has been important to the royal couple.


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And another remarked: 'Watching #ABerryRoyalChristmas and the Duchess of Cambridge is literally all of us fangirling over Mary Berry.'

Others observed how well the two women got on, with one calling their union 'the collab I never knew I needed'.

Another tweeted: 'Kate just wants to adopt Mary into her family - someone give them both their own regular baking show.'

The festive BBC special saw the baking legend shadow the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they attended royal engagements with their respective organisations


Exercise

Though her workouts alternate all the time, her favourite technique is reportedly planking—with the Duchess employing different planks into almost all of her hour-long workouts.

The three different types of planks that Kate employs are the normal front plank, as well as the side plank (held with your body one one side) and the prone sky dive plank (involving "lying on your tummy and gently raising your chest off the floor"), according to Daily Mail .

It's also been reported that Kate employs rowing and cycling exercises into her workouts, and focuses on her abs with the help of a Swiss gym ball.


Exercise

Though her workouts alternate all the time, her favourite technique is reportedly planking—with the Duchess employing different planks into almost all of her hour-long workouts.

The three different types of planks that Kate employs are the normal front plank, as well as the side plank (held with your body one one side) and the prone sky dive plank (involving "lying on your tummy and gently raising your chest off the floor"), according to Daily Mail .

It's also been reported that Kate employs rowing and cycling exercises into her workouts, and focuses on her abs with the help of a Swiss gym ball.


Kate Middleton’s hilariously relatable birthday tradition for Prince Louis revealed

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Kate Middleton has a hilariously relatable birthday tradition that she has kept going throughout the years and Prince Louis will likely get to enjoy it today as he celebrates his 3rd birthday.

  • Kate Middleton has spoken out in the past about her love for baking and she has a relatable tradition she likes to uphold for her children’s birthdays.
  • Prince Louis has now turned 3 the same week he started nursery and Kate will no doubt want to celebrate this special occasion.
  • This royal news comes as the reason why the royal family has been warned to suspend talks with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is revealed.

Kate Middleton is well known for her inspirational parenting style and love of taking stunning family photos, but she also has a special talent that comes in handy every year. This week Kate and Prince William’s youngest child, Prince Louis, has not only turned 3 years old, but started nursery.

This special occasion is a cause for celebration and William and Kate have shared a new photo of Louis to mark his birthday.

The Royal Family, sometimes called The Firm, have just come out of the official royal mourning period for the Queen’s husband of 73 years, Prince Philip. Though still grieving, it’s likely that William and Kate will be planning a lovely birthday for Louis and reflecting on happy times spent with Philip.

Whilst Kate might well be carrying out her relatable birthday tradition – baking cakes, no matter how long it takes!

The Duchess of Cambridge has previously revealed her love of baking and how she gets to put her skills to good use when it comes to her children’s birthday cakes.

During an appearance on Mary Berry’s ‘A Berry Royal Christmas’ in 2019, Kate stated: “I love making the cake. It’s become a bit of a tradition that I stay up ’til midnight with ridiculous amounts of cake mix and icing and I make far too much. But I love it.”

Kate’s love of baking her children’s birthday cakes, however long it takes, is something that is no doubt very relatable to a lot of parents. And it doesn’t stop there!

She also showcased her baking skills when she made cupcakes in support of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal 2020.