As Christmas is approaching fast and festivities come along with it, you might find yourself put in temptation of trying out all menu offerings. Well, it is OK, unless you ruin everything you have accomplished so far by dieting.
Don’t ruin that effort of many sweating hours spent in the gym, or at home just for couple of days. If you want to keep your new accomplished waste line, you definitely should avoid these foods, or at least consume them moderate.
These party staples as innocent they look like, can ruin your diet. Did you know that just one straw have a third of your daily limit for saturated fat?
You are definitely better off snacking pretzels, popcorn, or even a couple of chips with tasty dipping. If you really want to unclog your arteries, serve fat-free salsa with it.
Oh,yes…they are so tempting and at first they may seem harmless. Beware, each ball can have at least 400 calories of white bread, heavy cream, butter and salty beef broth.
If you can’t resist this diet hazardous holiday treat, try making lighter version of it.
Baked potatoes are rich in vitamin C and fiber, but when you add cheese, butter and sour cream…boom…there goes your diet. One medium stuffed potato has approximately 320 calories and 8 grams of saturated fat. That’s almost half of your suggested daily upper limit of saturated fat.
Go easy on them.Use low-fat dairy products or adding low-cal veggies(spinach,onions and other leafy veggies). Still, you can roast sweet potatoes in the oven instead, and each will have less than a half of the calories and less total fat.
No matter how tasteful it is, it is loaded with calories. Having sugar, eggs, whipping cream and bourbon in it, makes it a calorie bomb.
Just one cup can have almost 350 calories, a lot of cholesterol and 20 grams of sugar,which is almost a day’s worth of intake.
Still, if you’re really craving for a glass of that creamy delicious goodness, make it with unsweetened cocoa powder that will lightens it up.
When you combine healthy veggies with cream, butter and cheese, you get calorie packed meal. If you really do love that indulging creamy taste, try making a healthier version of it by using low-fat milk and light cream cheese instead of cream. This lowers the total fat per serving up to almost 4 grams.
The name of this can deceive you when you read the word FRUIT. It contains plenty of butter, sugar and corn syrup. One slice, can rise up to 400 calories and 10 grams of fat.
You better enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie, which contains about half of the calories. Or,bake this loaf with bananas, and blueberries – it has only 130 calories per slice.
All time favorite one – the Cheesecake. One slice can have 700 calories and 25 grams of fat. It is topped up with assorted flavors and all sorts of toppings!
If this one is one of your many guilty pleasures, do select a lighter version garnished with fruit. One slice of such cheesecake with fresh strawberry or raspberry sauce, can have 200 calories and 8 grams of fat.
Tasteful but deadly sweet desert. Using high-callorie nut, combined with sugar, butter, and corn syrup, can definitely ruin your diet. A single slice can have more than 400 calories, 30 grams of fat, and 23 grams of sugar.
Try baking something lighter instead. Apple pie is OK for the matter, and has less than a quarter of the fat per slice. And fiber from them – will be a bonus for you.
Cranberries can be a great source of vitamin K,E,C and have a lot of dietary fiber. Yet, you should pay attention of the amounts taken during the holidays.
Typical canned cranberry sauce has 105 grams of sugar per serving, and it adds over 450 calories to your meal.
Instead, use fresh or frozen fruit and less sugar to make a healthier turkey topping and less brown sugar. That way you’ll end up with only 70 calories per serving.
You definitely should reconsider before stuffing yourself with this. In this delicious holiday treat you’ll find a stick of butter, maple syrup and a cup of toasted pecans and you’ll end up with 300 calories from which 2/3 are coming from fat.
Of course, there are healthier alternatives like using stuffing made with cornbread and cranberries, with only 9 grams of total fat.
Looking light and fluffy can easily deceive you. You think they are low in fat and calories, yet,their innocent look can ruin your diet.They have sugar, salt, and butter between every layer of flour dough and it have almost no nutritional value.
When serving them during the holidays, at least try healthier choices which are even tastier(like pancakes made with maple yogurt). Use ingredients like oats, blueberries and Greek yogurt that can give you daily dosage of fiber, antioxidants and protein.
Hot Buttered Rum
Having a warm cocktail by the fire on a cold winter day sounds wonderful. However, the calories in it may scare you off. One cup of hot buttered rum has over 300 calories and 130 grams of fat and lots of melted butter and sugar. It will blow your diet away!
Still, there are slightly healthier versions like spicy rum punch. You’re still looking at 200 calories, but no fat or cholesterol are added.
Making caramel apples are delightful holiday activity. However, the caramel sauce is pure sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, melted with a bit of milk. This treat can cost you at least 30 calories, 15 grams of fat, and 25 grams of sugar.
Advice: Eat apples FRESH!
Don’t get fooled by gingerbread. It can be packed with plenty of calories. Gingerbread cake is even worse, with large quantities of buttermilk, flour and sugar. One small piece of cake have at least 250 calories, 30 carbs, and 10 grams of fat.
Stick with small cookies and use light icing to decorate. Most gingerbread is rich in fiber too!
The classic recipe is simple one, but the amount of all-purpose flour, eggs and butter used is unnecessary. An average cookie can contain over 200 calories and 10 grams of sugar.
For a healthier version, use egg whites and less butter to keep saturated fat and cholesterol low, and a touch of whole-wheat flour to add fiber.
Mashed potatoes are OK, but using whole milk, butter, and salt can built up the calories, cholesterol, and fat. One serving can have 220 calories with 9 grams of fat and lots of sodium.
You can avoid the calories by using a low-fat milk and make limitations in adding butter and salt. And you won’t ruin your diet as much!
Who can resist them? No one. Still, you might just slightly keep away from them for a while. One plain chocolate truffle can have around 100 calories, not counting fillings such as peanut butter, cheesecake or cookie dough.
This Italian holiday bread’s main ingredients are similar—lots of butter and sugar. Don’t be fooled by the pieces of dried fruit throughout.
One slice of a commercially produced bread contains at least 300 calories, about one-third of them from fat, and can have as much as 100 milligrams of cholesterol—almost half the recommended daily amount.
This list can go on endlessly, therefore, choose wise what you eat, and at least try to find out healthier versions of your favorite holiday recipes which will not ruin that gorgeous thin waste line you have…
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