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    Naughty and Nice Holiday Foods

    Avoid holiday weight gain, and still enjoy the feast.
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    Make Nice With Naughty Holiday Foods continued...

    "Pick what to splurge on rather than mindlessly nibbling on any party food that comes your way," she says.

    Knowing the calorie counts of holiday foods may stop you from reaching for another ladle of gravy, a second piece of cheesecake, or another cup of egg nog.

    Food

    Calories

    Egg nog with alcohol, 1 cup

    360

    Gravy, 1/4 cup

    47

    Pecan pie, 1/8 of 9-inch pie

    503

    Pumpkin pie, 1/8 of 9-inch pie

    204

    Cheesecake, 1/6 of cake

    257

    Cheddar cheese, 1 ounce

    114

    Snack chips, 1 ounce

    138

    Sugar cookies, 2 small

    132

    Hershey Kisses, 9 pieces

    230

    Fudge, 1 ounce

    140

    Potato latke, 1 medium

    257

    Stuffing, 1/2 cup

    179

    Mixed nuts, 1 ounce

    175

    Mashed potatoes (made with
    milk and butter), 1 cup

    238

    The buffet table is groaning under the weight of holiday goodies, but food is not alone in packing on the pounds. Alternate alcoholic beverages with calorie-free drinks, such as water or diet soda, at parties or family gatherings. You'll feel better the next day, and take in far fewer calories.

    Beverages

    Calories

    White Russian, 8 ounces

    715

    Gin and Tonic, 8 ounces

    192

    Rum, 1.5 ounces

    116

    Wine, 4 ounces

    98

    Wine spritzer, 4 ounces (made with 2 ounces wine and diet ginger ale)

    49

    (Note: The white Russian is made with 1.5 ounces each vodka and coffee liqueur and 6.5 ounces light cream; gin and tonic has 1.5 ounces gin and 6.5 ounces tonic water.)

    Don't Let Holiday Foods Get the Best of You

    Curb calories from so-called naughty foods by taking tiny portions. The first few bites of any food provide the most pleasure. Once you've finished your treat, fight the urge for more.

    • Sit far from buffet tables, candy dishes, and cookie-laden platters.
    • Excuse yourself from the dinner table when done eating.
    • Keep your mouth busy by talking with friends and family.
    • Chew gum or suck on a sugarless breath mint to prevent picking.
    • If you're able, brush your teeth; the taste of toothpaste dulls taste buds.

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