5 holiday foods to avoid

Here we are, a few weeks before Christmas, and you’ve no doubt started planning your meal and perhaps attended a party or two. Over the holidays we are faced with an enormous number of opportunities to overeat. Late dinners, fancy appetizers, cookie exchanges, office candy dishes…

While we encourage restrained eating, versus restricted eating, (plan to have some of your favorites and enjoy them) there are a few foods that are so calorie-fat-sugar etc. laden that they can wreak havoc on your body and brain, and in turn your stress levels.

Practice mindful eating and choose wisely.

5 holiday foods to avoid:

1. Technically a beverage, a grande Peppermint White Mocha is more of a dessert with 520 calories and a whopping 18 grams of fat!

2. Appetizers in general pack a lot of fat and calories into tiny packages. (think phyllo-wrapped) but what about dips? Spinach dip is a huge favorite and contains 30 calories per tablespoon. This might not seem like much but who has just one tablespoon? An typical individual appetizer portion of 10 chips and 7 tbsp dip will run you about 550 calories, most of which comes from saturated fat.

3. At the holiday dinner table: sweet potato casserole. It’s such a shame to take such a great vegetable but pair with brown sugar, butter and marshmallows. All of a sudden you are consuming 280 calories per ½ cup portion.

4. Hmm what to have for dessert? Pecan Pie a la mode anyone? This sweet end to a meal will add 810 calories with 85 grams coming from fat (that is more fat than you need for an entire day!)

5. How about an after dinner drink to wash down all those calories? For those who enjoy a bit of liqueur, 2 ounces of baileys over ice or in your coffee will add an additional 200 calories to your day. 5.b. For those who don’t consume alcohol and choose a cup of eggnog instead, you may be surprised to find out your beverage is 350 calories.

Check back tomorrow for the 5 Best Foods to have throughout the holidays.