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Naughty & Nice: A Holiday Food Guide

Posted on November 17, 2016 at 11:26 AM by Lia Bahls, RD

It’s hard not to want to eat all the scrumptious temptations during the holiday season, but we all know too well that we regret overdoing it this time of year. During this holiday season we challenge you to make the “nice” list when it comes to healthy food choices.


The Nice List

Turkey: Turkey is high in protein and low in fat and with the right spices, full of flavor! Make sure to take the skin off for an even healthier main dish.

Steamed Veggies: Season steamed vegetables with herbs, lemon, or fat-free Parmesan for some extra flavor and low calories.

Salad: A fresh green salad with low-fat salad dressing is always a great choice and will help fill you up so you don’t overeat.

Pumpkin: Pumpkin is high in fiber and vitamin A.

Figgy Pudding: Make with low-fat milk, which is high in calcium and potassium.

Shrimp Cocktail: Not only is this high in protein and low in fat, but it’s easy and simple to put together.

Cranberries: Whole cranberries are not only great in flavor, but also have a high level of antioxidants, which help cleanse the body.

Beans: Beans are a great source of protein and are high in fiber, helping you feel full. Don’t worry about which kind you eat – green, black, kidney, etc. - as they are all good for you!


The Naughty List

Holiday Ham: Instead of ham, consider a leaner, higher-protein meat like turkey.

Cheesy Items: Avoid those appetizers or entrees that have a lot of cheese, as they are high in fat.

Baked Goods: Most baked goods have added sugar and are high in fat. Try fresh fruit as a dessert alternative.

Eggnog: This holiday alcoholic drink is high in fat and has a LOT of empty calories!

Fruitcake: Don’t be deceived by the name. Remember, this is more “cake” than “fruit”. Again, go for the fresh fruit and leave the cake alone!

Stuffing: Stuffing is usually made with high-fat drippings and lots of butter.

Sugar: Sugar is hidden in many holiday and every day food items from candy, cakes and cookies to even your main dishes. Make sure to be aware of what you’re eating and how much to control your sugar intake.
So which list are you going to be on this holiday season?

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