The holidays are upon us. Besides fighting the crowds at the mall, many of us are also fighting the tendency to gain that dreaded holiday weight. While it is important to enjoy yourself and all of the wonderful foods that go along with the holidays, it is also great to stay informed and know when you are indulging. Some foods may be more harmful to your waistline than you realize. Below are five common holiday foods that might be more detrimental to your diet than you think:
Eggnog: Good thing this drink only springs up around the holidays. One cup has on average 350 calories, 19 grams of fat and over 20 grams of sugar. That is more calories and fat than one McDonalds cheeseburger! If eggnog is something you need to complete your holiday, just watch the portion size. Put half a cup in a smaller glass so you can satisfy your craving without feeling like you are being deprived.
Holiday Coffee Drinks: During the holidays, many coffee houses offer tempting seasonal holiday drinks with festive flavors. But be wary of the ingredients. Many of these specialty coffee drinks are high in calories and sugar.
Potato Pancakes (Latkes): Hanukkah parties are not complete without traditional latkes. While each recipe is a little different, these tasty potato pancakes are generally made mainly of potatoes, onions and oil (lots of it). Depending on the size of the pancake, one latke can have between 100-200 calories and about 10 grams of fat. Latkes also have a lot of salt causing that unwanted holiday bloat. If you celebrate Hanukkah, you should indulge in traditional latkes but maybe just have them on one night and not all eight.
Flavored Popcorn: Popcorn can be a very healthy snack but when it is prepared with a lot of butter and sugar, can be dangerous to your waistline. Specialty popcorns are common items in corporate gift baskets. Popcorn can also be an easy snack to lose track of portion size with. Reaching into the bag for just a little bit each time you pass it can add up before you know it.
Spinach and Artichoke Dip: Sorry to ruin this dish for you but did you know that most versions are made with not only sour cream, but mayonnaise and cream cheese too? Stick with chips and salsa instead.