Holidays are one-time people forget all tensions and stress they have in their life, they also forget their dieting. Specially Christmas is the time to eat and enjoy with family. However, you should always practice caution with your food. Biting more than you can chew can mess up you stomach pretty bad. Here are some foods you should definitely avoid over Christmas if you want an to avoid any mishaps.
Eggnog is full of ingredients like sugar, full cream, eggs and bourbon. It’s not something you can devour if you practice healthy eating. One mug of eggnog can give you over 343 calories, and spike up your cholesterol by 150 milligrams. Don't even start me on sugar, eggnog has enough sugar to last you all day long, which is 21 grams. You can alter eggnog with spice cider or even alter the recipe and make it a healthier one.
- Roast Potatoes:
A simple baked potato is packed with vitamin C, and good fiber that the body needs to make energy, but if you include cheese, cream and butter of any kind, you are doomed. All these add unnecessary calories to your body and reverse all the good effects of vitamin C and fiber. Change the ingredients to low-fat products, like low fat milk and cream. Add your low-calorie vegetables like shallots and spinach and use sweet potatoes instead of average potato. A normal helping of your average baked potatoes will give you 316 calories and 8.25gm of saturated fat but, sweet potatoes and altering the recipe a bit can make a huge difference by taking half of the calories and saturated fat away.
- Sausage stuffing:
An ominous mixture that has everything from butter to cheese to maple syrup and what not. if you measure the calories and fat of a single serving you will have, 345 calories and 26 grams, worth of fat on your plate. One should really think before taking in this much fat in one go.
- Potato Pancakes:
Potato makes the brain secrete satiation hormone earlier than normal, which makes the body think it has eaten enough, when it hasn’t. In an hour or half, you will feel hungry again. So, with the Christmas season in sight, you should stay well away from potatoes in any form, especially potato pancakes. Egg, flour, crumbs and oil to fry, all these ingredients indicate trouble for your healthy diet.
- Caramel Apples:
They are so much fun to make and eat that no one can resist this particular recipe on Christmas, but when you think about it from the health perspective, you will realise how bad they can be for your health. The caramel sauce is sugar, pure sugar with corn syrup. An apple is good snack to have, with high in vitamins and fibre. But add all this sweet syrup and you have 320 calories, 16 grams of fat, and 28 grams of sugar. 25 grams of sugar is what advisable in a day. With caramel apples you are taking an extra dose of 3 grams.
- Sugar Cookies:
No wonder Santa is so obese, with the cookies he’s been devouring every year. One average cookie is packed with more than 200 calories and 14 grams of sugar. And no one can have just one, can they?
- Mashed Potatoes:
Potatoes again, mashed potatoes are termed as comfort food. There is no denying that one helping of gooey mashed potatoes can take away all the stress. But they can also add 237 calories with 9 grams of fat and 666 milligrams of sodium, do you really need this? whole milk, butter, and salt can really kill your healthy diet in a jiffy.