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Naughty and Nice Holiday Foods

Avoid holiday weight gain, and still enjoy the feast.
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"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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