1. Eggnog from The Worst Offenders: Holiday Foods You Should Never Eat

The Worst Offenders: Holiday Foods You Should Never Eat

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1. Eggnog

According to CalorieKing, One cup of eggnog averages around 344 calories, 19g of fat, 150mg of cholesterol, 137mg of sodium, and about 34g of carbohydrates. Eggnog is full of sugar, eggs, bourbon and whip cream. So, don’t drink your calories!

*Think about this…One cup of eggnog is equivalent to 3 glasses of red wine!

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2. Loaded Potatoes

Enjoy your holiday dinner with regular potatoes, not loaded potatoes! Cheese, butter, sour cream and potatoes are a very delicious combination but very unhealthy at the same times. One serving of Loaded Potatoes is about 25g of fat, 12g of saturated fat, 24g of cholesterol and over 2,000mg of sodium!

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3. Candied Yams

Thinking about serving candied yams at your holiday dinner? Think again. Although sweet potatoes are okay for you, candied yams are a big No, No! You have to add 6 cups of sugar before you even start baking! One serving of Candied Yams have around 27 g of sugar, 66mg of sodium, and 41g of carbohydrates. 

4. Candy Canes

The holidays are here… you know that that means? Our signature holiday candy canes are back. Candy canes are Pure Sugar! For every candy cane you eat you are also eating 60 calories.

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5. Cheesecake

Although cheesecake is delicious it should be avoided. The cream cheese, sugar, salt, eggs, sour cream and whipped cream are what makes it delicious, but also what make it a unhealthy dessert. It is very high in fat and sodium. Cheesecake consists of around 18g of fat, 166mg of sodium and about 20g of carbohydrates.

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6. Creamed Spinach

1 serving of Boston Market’s creamed spinach has 260 calories, 189 of those calories are coming from fat. It consists of 21g of fat, 530mg of sodium and 11g of carbohydrates. The cream is a huge factor contributing to the 12g of saturated fat and 1g of trans fat.

7. Gingerbread

Gingerbread is one of our most talked about holiday foods. Unfortunately, gingerbread cake is not so good for you.  1 serving of gingerbread cake consists of 263 calories, around 12g of fat, 24mg of cholesterol, and around 36g of carbohydrates! For a healthier option try regular milk instead of buttermilk and substitute white vinegar for milk.

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8. Glazed Ham

Thinking about serving ham at your holiday dinner? Remember, regular ham is okay for you, but glazed ham is very unhealthy. The glaze on top of the ham is what you should avoid. Glazed ham is very sugary!

*Glazed HoneyBaked Ham is around 125 calories per serving!

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9. Gravy

Gravy consists of a lot of fat and salt. It is usually made to be thick by adding white flour or cornstarch. Both are high in carbs and consist of sugar. Try using chicken vegetable stock instead.

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10. Pecan Pie

One slice of Pecan Pie is around 503 calories, 27g of fat, 5g of saturated fat, 106mg of cholesterol, 320mg of sodium and 64g of carbohydrates. It is made with lot of sugar butter and milk. Instead, try pumpkin pie.

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11. Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Spinach and Artichoke Dip contains about 300-400 calories. Try it instead with light cream cheese or reduced fat mayo. Instead of using tortilla chips trying using veggies with your dip. One serving of Ruby Tuesday’s Spinach and Artichoke Dip consists of 312 calories, 19g of fat and 26g of carbohydrates.

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12. Starbucks Caramel Brulee Latte

A Grande 16oz caramel Brulee Latte is made with 2% milk, caramel topping, caramel sauce and whipped cream. It has 440 calories, has a total of 13 grams of fat, 70grams of carbs and 260mg of sodium. Ask for the skinny version with sugar free flavoring. 

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13. Starbucks Peppermint Mocha

Starbucks Grande peppermint mocha is made with 2% milk, mocha sauce, peppermint syrup, whipped cream and dark chocolate curls. It has 440 calories, 15 grams of fat, 63 grams of carbs and 140mg of sodium. Ask for the skinny version with sugar free flavoring

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14. Swedish Meatballs

According to Fitbit, one serving of Swedish Meatballs have a total of 18g of fat, 980mg of sodium and 32g of carbohydrates.  Instead, use lean ground beef, light cream cheese and reduced sodium beef stock.

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15. Caramel Popcorn

The triple flavored popcorn tins are officially in stores! But beware, the caramel flavored popcorn may taste amazing, but, it’s not the best snack for you. Caramel popcorn is extremely high in carbs and sugar.

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16. Cranberry Sauce

Although cranberries are good for you, they do not consist of natural sweetener. According to Dr. Gourmet, “100 grams of fresh cranberries contain only 46 calories, while 100 grams of cranberry sauce has 151 calories. The extra 100 calories adds up to about 6 teaspoons of sugar.”

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17. Cheese and Crackers

According to eatingwell.com, “If you grab five of those little 1-inch cubes, you've just housed 345 calories. Add a small handful of crackers to that and you're easily at 500 calories.” A better option: Vegetable platter, lettuce rollups, high fiber crackers.

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18. Spiced Cider

Spiced cider is extremely high in sugar. In one pouch you are drinking 30mg of sodium, 20g of sugar, and 20g of carbohydrates. Just as bad as having a glass of wine. Try the Mulled Hot Apple Drink instead. It consists of, apple juice, orange/clementine, cloves, cardamom pods, honey, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg.

The Worst Offenders: Holiday Foods You Should Never Eat