With Thanksgiving behind us, many of us already feel like we’ll never lose the pounds from that holiday before the next one is upon us. And no matter what you celebrate, most of the upcoming holidays are centered around traditional dishes that were invented far before our time of striving for health-conscious eating and an obesity epidemic. In other words, they’re not very friendly on our waistlines.
Though it may seem inevitable that you pack on a few pounds in the next few months, don’t give up hope and eat yourself into a stupor. You can at least do some damage control by avoiding the absolute worst holiday dishes below:
Stuffing – The traditional kind that’s loaded with butter and sausage can pack a whopping 550 calories per serving!
Mashed potatoes – If made with a traditional recipe, like my mom’s recipe passed down from Ireland, mashed potatoes can contain just as much whole milk and butter as potatoes, adding up to over 200 calories for one cup.
Pecan pie – A holiday spread may seem incomplete without it, but pecan pie is full of corn syrup, butter, and sugar. One slice can have more than 500 calories.
Egg nog – Even if you skip the alcohol (which is a preposterous idea to many people), egg nog is basically a liquid heart attack with 340 calories and 19 grams of fat in one cup.
Latkes (potato pancakes) – This Hanukkah staple may not have the butter and milk found in that other popular holiday potato dish, but it makes up for it by being fried in oil and typically topped with sour cream. A medium sized latke can have 250 calories.
Sufganiyot – These deep-fried jelly doughnuts, a favorite Hanukkah dessert, serve up nearly 300 calories and 30 mg of cholesterol in just one doughnut.
Do you have any tips for staying healthy during the holidays? Let us know!
Sources: webmd.com, forbes.com, and goodhousekeeping.com