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Christmas foods to avoid

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Christmas is here; and so is the giant meal! Sure, it’s only one day so go ahead and enjoy it. But if this one could cause you to fall out of your fitness and exercise routine, you have multiple Christmases, or you would rather stick with a healthier route, here are some foods to avoid.

These foods and information originally came from Health. (For a full list click here)

Snack and appetizer:

• Spinach and artichoke dip: Sure spinach is a health/super food, but when paired with mayonnaise, sour cream, and cream cheese, it becomes a very high calorie snack. You can easily consume a meal full of calories before the meal even starts.

• Cheese balls: This is a very calorie laden little ball of cheese. Pop of few of these on the go and you’re looking at 500 calories and a day’s worth of fat.

Sides:

• Stuffed potatoes: Taking the insides of a potato and mixing in butter, cream cheese, sour cream, and/or cheese makes for way more fat and calories than necessary. Stick with a regular baked russet or sweet potato.

• Croissants: If you have the option between and croissant and a regular bun, always opt for the bun. Croissants are merely layers of dough and butter. Delicious? Yes. Worth it? That’s up to you!

Desserts:

• Peanut brittle: This crunchy caramelized sugar with nuts can run around 150 calories a piece. So instead of grabbing a few pieces of this, you could be better off going with one piece of pumpkin pie.

• Pecan pie: One pie you might want to avoid at Christmas dinner is pecan pie. This pie is full of pecans, corn syrup, and sugar. These ingredients amount to around 500 calories a slice!

• Eggnog: Not a dessert, but worth a mention. This bourbon, egg, and whipping cream based holiday drink has 343 calories a glass and 21 grams of sugar!

For healthier versions of Christmas favorites click here.

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