10 Holiday Foods To Avoid

Holiday foods to Avoid
The average person gains at least three pounds between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Eve. While this may seem like a small number, keep in mind that weight isn’t usually shed over the remainder of the year. Over time, these small amounts can lead to serious weight gain. Not only are many holiday foods bad for your waistline, but also for your oral health. The holidays are meant to be enjoyed, so we don’t think you should skip out on all the wonderful buffet offerings, but you can make better choices to help limit your personal weight gain and keep your teeth healthy. Here is a list of the top 10 holiday foods to avoid that you should try to avoid this season.

Egg Nog

This is a true holiday favorite, and easy to drink in excess. A regular medium size glass has about 300 calories and loads of sugar when made traditionally, if you add liquor, the calories only increase. A great alternative is cranberry vodka with a few cubes of minted ice. You will still get that nice buzz and be able to share in the holiday fun.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

The green stuff is good for you, it’s all the other ingredients that do you in. Cream cheese, butter, cheddar cheese, sour cream, mayo-need we say more?

Baked Brie Or Cheese Wheels

Cheese is healthy for you, in small doses and only those with a certain fat content. Cheese wheels and baked brie are usually on the appetizers table, and just an ounce will fill you with 200 calories! Same goes for those cheese wheels, avoid at all cost if you want to maintain your figure. Instead, opt for a healthy shrimp cocktail.

Gin & Tonic

It may seem that this is an innocent holiday drink, but in fact, there is more sugar per part than just about any other drink usually served. Opt for the bubbly instead.

Dark Turkey Meat

Turkey is another of those items that you think would be safe and healthy to eat. While the white meat of a turkey is healthier than other options, the dark portions of the turkey are the parts that have the highest concentration of calories. Eat some fish instead or stick to the breast of the turkey.

Crab Cakes

Crab is already fatty, but add mayo, bread crumbs and drop it into a vat of oil? All you are asking for is a larger pair of pants at the end of the holiday season.

Cranberry Sauce

It doesn’t matter if it comes from the can, or if it’s homemade, this is one of the worst sides to put on your plate. Cranberries are naturally sour, so a lot of sweetener, in the form of refined sugar is used to make that sauce you love so much.

Prime Rib

There are plenty of families that throw a few steaks on the grill during the holidays, but avoid the 750 calories that will sit on your hips if you decide you just have to have that entire slab of prime rib!

Holiday Pie

Who wouldn’t appreciate a nice slice of pie? Well, during the holidays, pies are usually made with lots of butter, shortbread, sugar and other calorie heavy ingredients. On average, a slice of holiday pie will have around 500 calories! Instead, opt for the fudge, not only does it have less calories, but a moderate amount of (dark) chocolate is actually good for you.

Pecan Pie

We mentioned pies earlier, but at 850 calories per slice, we thought pecan pie deserved its own slot. Pecans are healthy, but the corn syrup and sugar they swim in are not.

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