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.
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
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.
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.)
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.