How To Navigate The Holiday Buffet Without Gaining Weight
Studies show the average American gains between one and five pounds over the holidays. It may not be the end of the world, but it still doesn’t make it any easier getting back into healthy habits in January. Before you swear off holiday meals, simply consider how you’re filling your plate. We’ve rounded up the nutritional value of a dozen holiday foods, from seasonal candy to main dishes, that will allow you to indulge in the things you want, and fill the rest of your plate with healthier options.
Drink: Champagne or light beer
The average flute of bubbly has 80 calories and no fat, while a bottle of light beer has just over 100 calories and no fat.
Avoid: Eggnog and creamy martinis
If you must partake, limit it to one serving: eggnog has an average of 344 calories and 19 grams of fat per glass! Dessert cocktails like chocolate martinis pack around 400 calories and 20 grams of fat.
Eat: Roasted vegetables
A cup of root vegetables—sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, carrots, beets—prepared with canola oil and salt only has around 100 calories and 4.5 grams of fat.
Avoid: Mashed potatoes
A cup of mashed potatoes made with whole milk and margarine has, on average, 237 calories and 9 grams of fat.