Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, this time of year brings many holiday parties, sweet treats, and higher calorie beverages.
The best we can do is allow ourselves a few treats, and continue to eat healthy 80% of the time.
In order to make sure we are making informed decisions, I have created a no-nonsense guide to calories at Christmastime.
Some of these calorie amounts may shock you!
- Candy cane: 55 calories for 6 inch candy cane
- Peppermint bark: 140 calories per 1 oz. (the size of a dental floss box)
- Gingerbread cookies (or houses): 120 to 200 calories. Varies based on size and recipe.
- Peanut Brittle: 138 calories per 1 oz.
- Frosted sugar cookies: 150 to 250 calories. Also varies based on size and recipe.
- Fruit cake: 1 small slice is about 139 calories (43 grams or 1.5 oz).
- Fudge: 117 calories and 20 grams of sugar per 1 oz.
- Rum cake: 1 piece (4 oz.) is 400 to 560 calories and up to 54 grams of sugar! Yikes.
- Ham: 130 to 180 calories per 3 oz. slice. Turkey breast is only 88 to 150 calories per 3 oz serving! If you take the skin off the turkey, it will be on the lower end.
- Glazed brussel sprouts: 70 to 100 calories per serving. The added bonus is that you get 4 to 5 grams of fiber per serving!
- Traditional lasagna (with meat): Averages 300 calories per 1/6 of a 8 inch casserole serving.
- Roasted vegetables: 110 calories and 4 grams of fiber on average per ½ cup serving.
The Liquid Calories
- Hot chocolate (or peppermint hot chocolate!): 190 calories and 32 grams of sugar per 12 oz (made with skim milk).
- Egg nog: 350 to 400 calories per cup and up to 40 grams of sugar!
- Champagne: 90 to 100 calories per 5 oz. flute.
- Hot cider: About 80 to 100 calories per cup. You can easily make this from a high quality, fresh, 100% apple juice.
- Mulled wine: 170 to 230 calories per cup.
Do you have any tricks for enjoying Christmas foods without letting the treats ruin your diet?