The holidays are here and those holiday treats are calling your name. You don’t have to avoid all holiday treats in order to stay slim. What you do need to do is make better choices. Believe it or not, some of the best holiday treats are actually low in fat. Arm yourself with the knowledge below and enjoy some delicious holiday treats thanks to these substitutes.
A cup of regular eggnog can contain over 300 calories, 19 grams of fat and 11 grams of saturated fat. You don’t even want to think about the calories once you add alcohol. The good thing is, you can still enjoy the flavor of eggnog without all the fat. Soymilk nog has less than 200 calories per cup, 4 grams of fat and no saturated fat. It’s a great substitute that won’t leave you feeling deprived. If soymilk isn’t your thing, try eggnog coffee creamer. A serving of eggnog coffee creamer has 35 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and no saturated fat.
Everyone seems to gravitate towards the sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies, but gingerbread cookies are truly the lesser of two evils. A one ounce sugar cookie contains around 135 calories, 6 grams of fat and 1.5 grams of saturated fat. A gingerbread cookie from Little Debbie, on the other hand, contains 90 calories, 3 grams of fat and 1 gram of saturated fat. Another substitute you may want to consider are Snickerdoodles. One cookie has 140 calories, 5 grams of fat and 2 grams of saturated fat.
When it comes to holiday pie, pumpkin is definitely the weight loss winner. Pecan pie has a whopping 500 calories per slice, 22 grams of fat and 5 grams of saturated fat. Apple pie has a little over 400 calories, 19 grams of fat and almost 5 grams of saturated fat. Pumpkin pie has around 230 calories, 10 grams of fat and 2 grams of saturated fat. It’s obviously the clear winner. Just remember to be careful with the whipped cream, which can add another 15 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and 1 gram of saturated fat per serving.
The holidays are loaded with candy and much of that candy is loaded with fat and calories. Candy canes are different though. One candy cane contains 45 calories, 0 grams of fat and no saturated fat. It’s by far the best substitute when it comes to holiday treats. In fact, candy canes are so low in calories, you can afford to indulge a little bit. Two tablespoons of semi sweet chocolate chips contains 70 calories, 4 grams of fat and 2.5 grams of saturated fat. Melt down some chocolate, dip the candy canes and let set on wax paper. It’s the perfect treat without all the guilt, especially when compared to other popular holiday treats. For example, one buckeye contains around 100 calories, 5 grams of fat and 2 grams of saturated fat. A one ounce piece of fudge contains around 130 calories, 5 grams of fat and 2 grams of saturated fat. It’s easy to see that candy canes are the clear winner.