The Worst Offenders: Foods to Avoid at All Costs This Holiday from The Worst Offenders: Foods to Avoid at All Costs This Holiday
The Worst Offenders: Foods to Avoid at All Costs This Holiday
One of the reasons why holidays are the best time of the year is becomes the food is delicious and people often get to eat as much as they want, guilt-free – until January 1 comes and you regret almost everything you’ve consumed because you gained weight. You don’t have to deprive yourself an occasional piece of candy here and there; just don’t let it derail the healthy lifestyle you’ve worked so hard to maintain.
Unless it’s your absolute favorite holiday treat, skip it. This is one decedent dessert that is worth avoiding all together. One cup could have 60 grams of sugar. According to CalorieKing, just one cup of eggnog averages around 344 calories, 19g of fat, 150mg of cholesterol, 137mg of sodium and about 34g of carbs. The drink is full of sugar, eggs, bourbon and whip cream. Use plain or vanilla soy milk and low calorie sweetener if you’re making it.
Gingerbread is one of our most talked about holiday foods. But, unfortunately, it is something you should not eat. One serving of gingerbread cake has 263 calories, around 12g of fat, 24mg of cholesterol, and around 36g of carbohydrates. And who eats only one? If you’re baking the cookies yourself, use regular milk instead of buttermilk as a healthier option.
Ham is okay for you, but the glaze is what makes it unhealthy. Glazed ham is very sugary – it has brown sugar, honey and apple juice (which is basically just sugar again). According to MyFitnessPal, per 4 oz. serving, glazed ham contains 215 calories, 7g of fat and 800mg of sodium. So, swap out that glazed ham for some turkey or Beef Sirloin.
This is possibly the only Italian food you should avoid at all costs. The sweet bread loaf does not only taste bad, but it doesn’t really contain any ingredients that are healthy for you - flour, candied fruits, and raisins (read: lack of fiber, sugar, and sugar). Just one slice contains 315 calories and 12 g of fat, according to My Fitness Pal.
Spiced cider is extremely high in sugar. In one pouch you are drinking 80 calories, 30mg of sodium, 20g of sugar, and 20g of carbohydrates. Why would you want to do that to your body? If you want something hot, go for tea – any flavor. The health benefits of drinking hot water are simply too many to not make the swap.
A 6-inch peppermint candy cane alone has 60 calories – all carbs. One delicious cane has 14 grams of carbs, all of which are pure sugar. These sweets don’t offer any nourishment so why use up your recommended daily calorie intake on them? If you are craving the peppermint flavor of candy canes, add a couple drops of peppermint essential oil to your water.
Candied yams are a food nutrients say they will never eat. Yams are a good choice but candied yams not so much. Between the sugar, marshmallows and butter, you’re looking at tons of calories. According to My Fitness Pal, in just half a cup of cooked candied yams there are 242 calories, 2g of fat, 146mg of sodium, 28mg of cholesterol and 42g of total carbs.
This sweet pie, which is of British origin, is filled with a mixture of dried fruits and spices. Mince pies each take a four-mile walk to burn off. This is not surprising considering that just one once has 82 calories, 3.1 g of fat, and 8 g of sugar.
The name says it all – it’s basically sugar. Too much of it can wreak havoc on your body. One sugar cookie – 1.6 oz. – contains 220 calories, according to CalorieKing.com. If you’re trying to maintain your weight this holiday season, these should be avoided at all costs. One sugar cookie has 12g of fat, 15mg of cholesterol, 130mg of sodium and 28g of carbs.
Other than the fact that most of the flavors taste strange and that it always breaks off in your mouth, ribbon candy should be avoided for health reasons as well. One piece of thin ribbon candy has 60 calories, 15 g of carbs and whopping 12 g of sugar. Food coloring is another main ingredient that is best avoided.
This popular side, although delicious, should be consumed with caution. According to CalorieKing.com, 1 oz. of creamed spinach has 3.3g of fat, 10mg of cholesterol, 84mg of sodium and 1.7g of carbs. You’re better off eating your spinach without the cream. One serving of Boston Market’s creamed spinach has 260 calories, 189 of which are coming from fat. It consists of 21g of fat, 530mg of sodium and 11g of carbs. The cream alone has 12g of saturated fat and 1g of trans fat.
Traditionally cheese straws are comprised of cheese, flour, butter and seasonings. They are then formed into a shape and baked. The ingredients make them calorically dense so limit yourself to a few. These party staples are not a harmless snack. Just one cheese straw contains a third of your daily limit for saturated fat. Snack on pretzels or multigrain chips instead.
These meatballs have a much different nutritional profile than your typical ones. Don’t confuse this with a high protein snack. While they do have protein, they are also made with sugar, bread, cream, and butter. Just six Kroger Swedish meatballs have 260 calories, 21g of fat, 59 g of cholesterol, and 600 mg of sodium.
Fruitcake is a holiday favorite. However, contrary to popular believe, just because it has the word “fruit” in it doesn't mean that it’s healthy. This treat contains tons of sugar, corn syrup, and butter – a very bad combination. Three ounces of Hickory Farms Fruitcake have 330 calories, 15 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 30 mg of cholesterol, 160 mg of sodium, and 45 grams of carbs, according to CalorieKing.com.