Naughty and Nice Holiday Foods
Avoid holiday weight gain, and still enjoy the feast.
'Good for You' Holiday Foods continued...
Cranberry Sauce (Unsweetened)
Cranberries spell trouble for bacteria that cause most urinary tract
infections. If you like sweet cranberries, add a minimal amount of sugar, or
Seventy percent dark chocolate contains the most flavonols -- helpful plant
substances that help decrease cholesterol.
Naturally low in calories, string beans are loaded with vitamin K, which
helps protect your bones. Also, a good source of vitamin C and vitamin A. But
skip heavy sauces with this veggie. Try beans lightly tossed with olive oil and
Nuts are chock-full of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, vitamins, minerals,
This rich orange vegetable contains carotenoids for making vitamin A in the
body and fighting free radicals. Pumpkin is also a good source of potassium and
fiber. Beware: most pies are loaded with sugar. Use artificial sweetener
instead of sugar for a lower calorie dessert.
Yams offer carotenoids, potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. Candied yams are
high in sugar. Bake with a bit of brown sugar, or with artificial sweetener,
for the taste without the calories.
Make Nice With Naughty Holiday Foods
Sure, they taste great and they tempt you to eat too much, but it rarely
pays to avoid favorite holiday foods, no matter how caloric.
"Depriving yourself of a holiday treat can backfire and make you crave
the food even more, leading to overeating," says Bissex.
Choose wisely, Bissex recommends.
"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
Egg nog with alcohol, 1 cup
Gravy, 1/4 cup
Pecan pie, 1/8 of 9-inch pie
Pumpkin pie, 1/8 of 9-inch pie
Cheesecake, 1/6 of cake
Cheddar cheese, 1 ounce
Snack chips, 1 ounce
Sugar cookies, 2 small
Hershey Kisses, 9 pieces
Fudge, 1 ounce
Potato latke, 1 medium
Stuffing, 1/2 cup
Mixed nuts, 1 ounce
Mashed potatoes (made with
milk and butter), 1 cup
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
White Russian, 8 ounces
Gin and Tonic, 8 ounces
Rum, 1.5 ounces
Wine, 4 ounces
Wine spritzer, 4 ounces (made with 2 ounces wine and diet ginger ale)
(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.)