The average person gains 10 pounds over the holidays. When you look at the rich, delicious foods available and the numerous parties you are invited to, it’s no wonder that the scales look unfavorably toward you. To help you avoid that unpleasant number, here’s a list of foods to avoid as well as those that are tasty and healthy choices.
Whether you add liquor or not, eggnog is one of the worst offenders of the holiday season; when you look at its ingredients, you wouldn’t be surprised. Replace this delicious drink with equally tasty hot chocolate, and you will save numerous calories.
Crab cakes are a delicious treat, but they carry 400 calories and 19 grams of fat that add to your waistline. You would be better served spending your time eating shrimp cocktail while you mingle at a party.
At 210 calories for one drink, Gin and tonic may not be loaded with calories, but it has 22 grams of sugar, which is not good for anyone. Champagne is not only lower in calories, but it contains just 5 grams of sugar, so you can enjoy the bubbly guilt-free.
For an elegant holiday dinner out, who doesn’t love a loaded baked potato with plenty of sour cream? When you start to add toppings, you multiply the damage. Instead, go for ½ cup roasted red potatoes with only 100 calories and a delicious taste. Salads are often not as innocent as they appear and they may not be much better than the baked potato, so beware.
While it may feel like a splurge to order prime rib, it isn’t a good choice. With 750 calories, you have an entire meal’s worth of calories wrapped up in a small serving of meat. Beef tenderloin is just as delicious and only 165 calories.
Of all the decadent desserts you can sample at a holiday gathering, stay away from the pecan pie a la mode. It has 810 calories and 65 grams of fat, along with 55 grams of sugar. If you want something to satisfy your sweet tooth, choose chocolate fondue with angel food cake to dip, or fruit, for an even healthier snack.
Other Good Choices
You don’t have to feel deprived this holiday season. There are plenty of tasty treats that you can enjoy without adding unwanted pounds. Here is a small sampling:
-Sweet potatoes – a sweet taste with plenty of nutrients
-Cranberries – low in calories, delicious, and rich in antioxidants
-Turkey – healthy, low calorie, and filling
-Green beans – you can find delicious recipes that dress up an everyday staple while keeping it low-calorie and healthy
If you’re looking for a way to stay healthy and still enjoy a variety of delicious holiday foods, focus on those listed here. While it’s okay to try a more extravagant treat sometimes, make these foods your holiday staple and you won’t have those 10 extra pounds to deal with.
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