Top 5 Holiday Foods to Avoid

Top 5 Holiday Foods to Avoid

Many people have a hard time maintaining their healthy eating habits during the holiday season. Everywhere you look, you'll encounter delicious cakes and pies, cheese logs, steak, wine and other calorie-laden foods. Here are some party favorites you should be sure to avoid.

 

Cheese Straws

These snacks boast a combination of fat and carbs that can ruin your waistline. Just one piece contains a third of the daily recommended intake of saturated fat. Popcorn and Zippers are better options.

 

Eggnog

Made with eggs, sugar, whipping cream, bourbon, and other high calories ingredients, eggnog is a big no-no. One cup delivers over 21g sugar, 150mg cholesterol, and 400 calories. If it’s eggnog you crave, make your own version using low fat milk, cornstarch, and egg whites. Add vanilla and nutmeg for extra flavor.

 

Pigs in a Blanket

One serving contains over 460 calories and is loaded with trans fats, simple sugars, sodium, and cholesterol. Turkey meatballs, chicken satay, and beef kebabs are healthier alternatives.

 

Caramel Popcorn

It takes a ton of sugar and butter to make this calorie bomb. Just 4 oz delivers a whopping 500 calories, twice as much as a Snickers bars.

 

Mini Quiches

Made with pie crust or phyllo dough, meat, cheese, and veggies, they're easy to pop into your mouth, but it’s not so easy to work off the calories. Make your own by skipping the crust and using egg substitute, low-fat cheddar, and spinach. Pour mixture into muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes or until set.

 

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This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the subject matter nor a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your primary care physician or healthcare provider before beginning any diet or exercise program.
Active Medi-Weightloss® patients should consult the experts at their location on whether the foods and recipes mentioned are appropriate for their stage of the program. 


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