Advent calendars are as much a part of Christmas tradition as carols and crackers.
But if you want to avoid the calorie and fat-loaded variety, here are better alternatives.
FORTNUM AND MASON CHRISTMAS TEA LOVER’S
Behind each of the 24 doors is a silky tea bag of Fortnum & Mason’s most popular and famous blends, including Rose Pouchong, Darjeeling and Moroccan Mint.
HOLLAND & BARRETT NO ADDED SUGAR
This is filled with chocolate that’s sugar, gluten, nut and dairy-free — it’s made with soya flour instead of milk and is suitable for vegans and people with food intolerances.
Perfect for anyone following a paleo, vegan or gluten-free diet.
It contains 24 Primal Pantry bars made with nuts and fruit or a high-protein version with added raw ground hemp seeds. The bars are naturally high in fibre and omega 3s (for cardiovascular and brain health).
This festive calendar is filled with 72 per cent dark chocolate that contains antioxidants such as natural cocoa polyphenols and astaxanthin. These are thought to help improve blood supply and protect cells from damage.
Each door opens to reveal a handmade soap or bath product with scents such as lavender musk.
The products are made with natural ingredients such as essential oils extracted from plants, flowers and fruit.
NEWBY TEAS OF LONDON
Inside each of the 24 drawers are four tea bags, including green tea, ginseng oolong and a number of herbal flavours and infusions, including peppermint and rooibos.
Each window has a piece of liquorice with a different flavour, including passion fruit, raspberry and lemon. Liquorice contains iron, which helps to make red blood cells that carry oxygen around the body.