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Eat This, Not That: Holiday Edition

Mark Neumann

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Christmas is a time for good company and excellent food. Unfortunately, it often puts a strain on our waistlines. With so many good things to eat it can be a challenge to cut back on calories. Luckily, there are some easy substitutions you can make this holiday season to help you keep your self-control. Check out these lower calorie options and give them a try at this year’s table.

Trade Your Wine for a Spritzer

One of the ways that you can decrease your calorie intake this holiday is to consume alcohol in moderation. A five-ounce glass of white wine contains about 120 calories. If you substitute a White Wine Spritzer, you can save 60 calories and still enjoy a festive cocktail. Simply fill your wine glass with ice, add 2 ½ ounces wine and an equal amount of club soda. Add a slice of lemon or lime and you have a low-calorie holiday beverage that tastes great, and you saved 60 calories.

Trade Candied Yams for Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Just the name candied yams makes it sound like they come packed with calories. Instead of adding all of that sugar and extra calories, swap out a healthier side dish. Try serving roasted sweet potatoes. Roasting vegetables at a high temperature in your oven will bring out the natural sweetness without adding extra calories. You won’t miss the marshmallows and your waistline will thank you.

Eat the White Meat

White meat turkey contains fewer calories and less saturated fat than dark meat. When you reach for your serving, choose the lighter option to save on calories. You can save additional calories by removing the skin after roasting the turkey. Your meat will still be tender and juicy but you will have cut 70 calories from your meal.

Make a Low-Fat Gravy

While traditional gravy is very tasty, it uses the drippings from the roasting pan, making it full of saturated fats and calories. A few tablespoons will go a long way. Consider preparing a low-fat gravy with fat-free turkey broth, 2 tablespoons of flour, and then season it to your liking.

These small substitutions can go a long way at the holiday table. Take a look at your menu and be sure to offer some low-calorie alternatives. Chances are your guests will be just as happy with the lower calorie counts, giving everyone an extra reason to celebrate this holiday season.

Medical weight loss and nutrition counseling tend to provide better results than fad diets because users are not confined to a specific set of rules, and feel more confident with a diet that is made specifically for them.

Please let us know how we can help you on the weight loss journey. Dr. Neumann is happy to discuss custom non-surgical weight loss options in more detail during your consultation. Call the office at 734.847.4700 today.