Healthy Holidays: Decisions, Decisions…

Healthy Holidays: Decisions, Decisions…

Do you toss your good-for-you choices out the window come holiday time? Think about these last few weeks of 2011 as the last inning of a tied baseball game. This is the last time this year you’ll be able to make healthier decisions. So make them count!



Instead of…

Apple cider, wine, or champagne.

One cup of traditional eggnog has a whopping 350 calories, 19 grams fat, and over 50% of your daily recommended amount of saturated fat. Cut your calories by two-thirds by sipping on a cup of steaming apple cider or 5-fluid ounces of wine or champagne. Both have around 120 calories and are fat free.

Instead of…
Mini hotdogs (a.k.a. pigs in a blanket)

Shrimp cocktail with sauce

Four mini hotdogs will run you around 310 calories and 22 grams of fat—plus these babies are packed with a laundry list of preservatives and additives most of us can’t pronounce. Opt for 4-ounces of shrimp (that’s a couple of jumbo) with 2 tablespoons of sauce for around 130 calories and 2 grams fat.

Instead of….
Rib roast

Baked ham

A large chunk of rib roast (about 1 pound raw) can weigh in at over 1,000 calories and contain almost double of the daily recommended amount of saturated fat! Even if you stick to the 4-ounce portion, you’ll still be chomping down on close to 430 calories and over 50% of your daily recommended amount of saturated fat. Instead, opt for 4-ounces of traditional glazed ham with 250 calories and much less artery clogging fat.

Instead of…
Scalloped potatoes au grain

Roasted Brussels sprouts or sautéed string beans

A serving of potatoes au gratin weighs in at close to 400 calories and 14 grams fat. Instead,  go simple with your veggies by roasting, broiling or steaming them. One cup of cooked Brussels sprouts has 65 calories and 1 gram fat while 1 cup of sautéed string beans (cooked in 1 teaspoon oil) has about 85 calories and 5 grams fat.

Instead of…
Apple pie a la mode

One medium cookie or bite-sized goodie

Don’t end your meal by downing close to 550 calories on pie and ice cream! Instead, scan the dessert choices and choose 1 small piece of your favorite treat like a cookie, piece of chocolate or peanut brittle. You’ll cut back on several hundred calories in a flash.

TELL TOBY: How do you make good-for-you decisions at holiday parties?

Check out this article and much more in the latest edition of Project You!

1 Comment
  • Christine @ Oatmeal in my bowl
    Posted at 10:13h, 16 December Reply

    Oh, great post! When I eat sweets, usually a bit satisfies my craving. Or I cut the serving in half. Luckily, I prefer sauteed veggies over gratins and things filled with sauce. And a nice hot cup of tea is always available at my aunt’s house where we have holiday dinners. 🙂

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