The parties and family functions offer unbelievably delicious foods that make your mouth water just thinking about them! But, just because the holidays are here doesn’t mean you should throw out all of your hard work throughout the year. This year, with a little self-control and knowledge about the right choices, you can avoid the holiday bulge! Here are some of the best and worst holiday foods.
Worst Dip: Spinach Artichoke Dip
Just because it has vegetables in it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the healthy choice. Remember, this dip is still cheese-based and by the time you get your fill of this addictive appetizer, you’ve already eaten much of your day’s necessary calories.
Best Dip: Guacamole
As long as it’s all-natural or homemade, guacamole is one of your safest bets when it comes to chip dipping. It’s filled with “good” fats, vitamins and nutrients that will benefit your body. But, stay away from most store-bought varieties, as they are often combined with excess fats and oils.
Worst Drink: Eggnog
This should come as no surprise to you. There’s about 350 calories in just one serving of this classic holiday delight. Opt for a lighter and healthier drink with your meal and save your fill of eggs, cream and sugar for the dessert!
Best Drink: Champagne
Bring out the bubbly! At just 80 calories per serving, you can’t go wrong. Plus, the flavor of champagne will complement almost anything on your plate, instead of overpower it.
Worst Side: Mashed Potatoes
Even though they’re a holiday food classic, they’re a no-no if you’re watching your waistline. Come on – what makes mashed potatoes taste so good? It’s all the butter, whole milk and cream! Opt for some of the other side dishes instead.
Best Side: Classic Green Salad
The salad sitting in the middle of the holiday table isn’t just a centerpiece. Remember to fill your plate with green salad, provided the dressing isn’t too creamy (usually a good indicator that it’s high in fat). By filling yourself up on the salad, you’re ensuring that your body is getting all the vitamins and nutrients you need as well as making less room for the bad stuff.
Worst Dessert: Pecan Pie
If you’re looking to redeem yourself at the end of a fatty meal, don’t choose the pecan pie. Certain varieties can contain over 600 calories and 40 grams of fat. But, if you can’t resist this nutty treat – make sure it’s just a sliver.
Best Dessert: Lemon Meringue Pie
This light and creamy pie is topped with mostly egg whites, instead of cream, so it’s definitely one of the better choices on the dessert table.