Best and Worst Christmas Foods for Weight Loss
Check out this guide for your holiday foods. Learn to make wiser choices and jump-start a healthier, trimmer you for the New Year.
Appetizers and Snacks
Turkey, Duck and Ham
Better choice: Light meat (breast, back) without skin
Poorer choice: Dark meat (leg, thigh) with skin
Did you know that if you choose a portion of turkey breast without the skin, you save yourself up to 110 calories and 9 grams of fat?
Tips for keeping your turkey trim:
Duck can be a festive holiday variation from the traditional turkey. Higher in calories and fat than turkey, duck is best eaten skin-less.
Commonly served during the holidays, ham is available in different forms, such as whole ham, boneless, honey-cured and canned.
Fat and sodium/salt content are two things you need to check with this meat. Select leaner hams when available.
To Stuff or Not to Stuff?
Poorer choice: Traditional stuffing cooked inside the bird
On average, half a cup of traditional stuffing has approximately 180 calories and 9 grams of fat. You can reduce this by trying some of the following tips.
Rather than stuff your bird with traditional bread stuffing, try this idea instead. Boil some lemons and spike them with a skewer to release the liquid. Stuff the bird with the lemons. As the turkey cooks, it absorbs the juicy lemon marinade.
Staying Sweet with Potatoes
Poorer choice: Mashed potatoes, mashed pumpkin and/or mashed sweet potato with cream butter and/or full-fat milk.
Garnish with parsley or other herbs. Sprinkle with chopped apples or cranberries for a sweeter touch.
Gravy and Cranberry Sauce
Better choice: Fat-free homemade or canned gravy
Poorer choice: High-fat, thick gravy made with pan juices
It wouldn't be a holiday meal without gravy. Try these fat-saving tips:
If you're a fan of cranberry sauce, keep in mind that it's high in sugar and calories. Try a homemade sauce made from fresh, mashed cranberries with a generous splash of balsamic vinegar or apple juice concentrate.
Delicious DessertsBetter choice: Fresh fruit, with a scoop of low fat or fat free ice cream for indulgence.
Poorer choice: Pies and cookies.
Last updated: November 23rd, 2012
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