’Tis the season of eggnog, Christmas cookies and decadent holiday drinks from Starbucks—at least in my house. ’Tis also the
season when Americans put on half of our annual weight gain—two pounds a year—so give or take a pound between Thanksgiving
and New Year’s. (Find out my secrets to putting off the holiday pudge here
It’s no wonder our waistlines expand when you see just how calorie- and fat-laden some of our favorite holiday foods are
(check them out below). And for those who refuse to give up those holiday favorites (for my husband, it’s eggnog and for me
it’s holiday cookies!), try some of the healthier versions I suggest below.
One recipe I found online had 600+ calories and about 40 grams of fat in just half
a cup. A Starbucks 16-ounce eggnog latte has 500 calories—that’s almost twice the calories of a regular-size (2-ounce)
Snickers bar. Instead, try this eggnog recipe
for just 142 calories and 4 grams of fat
2. Pecan Pie:
Pecans are chock-full of vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy fats. But a single
slice of pecan pie can boast upwards of 500 calories and 30 grams of fat. Try these pecan tartlet
—they have all the flavor of pecan pie at a fraction of the calories.
3. Creamed Onions:
A few co-workers of mine grew up with creamed onions on their holiday
table. I tried them for the first time this year—and they’re delicious—but "traditional" recipes often have over 200 calories
and 10-plus grams of fat. Fortunately, these creamed onions have half the calories and fat
, but they’re still big on flavor!
4. Champagne Cocktail:
Depending on the "recipe," this is another holiday treat that can
contain 200-plus calories. Keep your party festive without tipping the calorie scale with this refreshing Pomegranate Champagne
Punch for just 128 calories
It’s a Hanukah tradition to fry latkes in hot oil, but I don’t know anyone who
wants 10 grams of fat in a single latke. These 100-calorie potato latkes
contain only 4 grams of fat.