What to Avoid at the Holiday Buffet

It's that time of year again: Christmas cookies are aplenty, holiday cocktails are abound. We often allow ourselves some indulgences during the holiday season, which is fine, good even! Treat yourself and enjoy! But, all good things in moderation, ya hear? By eating too much of these festive treats you aren't doing yourself any favours. Sneak only one sip or one bite of the following holiday offerings before cutting yourself off.


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Stuffing: This dish usually comes around twice a year, which is more than enough. Often made with white bread (read: refined sugars & empty calories) this poultry accompaniment is loaded with fat and salt. Especially if your host has prepared out-of-the box stuffing, you can be sure you're getting far more than your necessary intake of sodium. So please don't stuff yourself with the stuffing, or you'll end up just as round as that juicy & plump Christmas Turkey.


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Eggnog: This is a love-it-or-hate-it kind of beverage, so if you hate it then you're in the clear. But if you're an eggnog diehard, you may want to reconsider. Spiked eggnog at the holiday party is a concoction of cream, sugar, and eggs (especially when topped with a dollop of whipped cream!). This means it's high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Have a glass and you might as well have eaten an entire pint of ice cream.


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Spinach Dip: Ok so this isn't traditionally 'festive' but it's often found at large gatherings as a pre-dinner snack.* And yes, it's delicious. But no, just because it has 'spinach' in the title does not mean it's nutritious. These dips are chock full of fatty sour cream, creamcheese, and/or mayo, and have very high sodium levels to keep you coming back for more. A few small bites can equal the caloric intake of a whole meal. 


*Side note: these pre-dinner snacks can be tempting but generally eating finger food right before eating the main meal is a recipe for weight gain. Try not to nibble on these, instead save your appetite for the main event. Otherwise you're setting yourself up to overeat.

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