HOLIDAY SURVIVAL TIPS!
CHOOSING A DRINK
Best nonalcoholic option:
Apple cider (120 calories per 8-oz. glass) saves you a few calories over cranberry juice (137 calories).
Best everyday drink:
At about 100 calories per 12-oz. bottle of light beer or 4-oz. glass of wine, take your pick. Just know that today‟s wineglasses can hold twice that much, leading you to
down more calories without realizing it.
Best special occasion cocktail:
A glass of champagne (85 calories per 4-oz.) trumps just about everything else.
Have hot buttered rum (220 calories per 80oz. glass). It‟s better than eggnog with brandy, which can pack up to 460 calories.
Have our vodka or rum (96 calories per 1.5 oz. serving) with diet soda, or sweeten seltzer with a slice of lemon or lime-both are practically no-cal. And stay away from sour mix: It packs 27 calories an ounce-that‟s more than twice as much as soda!
Choosing a Baked Treat:
A homemade chocolate chip, sugar or peanut butter cookie will cost you about 70 calories; that‟s about 300 calories less than your typical slice of fruit cake. Pick sugar cookies with sprinkles (148 calories for two) cover sugar cookies with frosting (322 calories for two).
Choosing a Finger Food:
Shrimp cocktail (145 calories for 10 large shrimp with sauce) is always a safe bet. Choose steamed dumplings (about 130 calories for three) over fried dumplings or fried spring rolls (about 480 calories for three). Mini crab cakes (150 calories for four) are a smarter pick than the serving of chicken nuggets (220 calories) or pigs in a blanket (270 calories). Dip them in cocktail sauce, not tarter, and save 65 calories same per tablespoon.
Any type of turkey is best. While skinless white meat is the healthiest choice (193 calories per 5-oz. serving), even dark meat with the skin has a reasonable 260 calories. The same portion of honey-baked ham has about 340 calories. And the prime rib? It has about 400 calories and five times the fat that‟s in skinless turkey breast.
Eat your meat with gravy (80 calories per half cup) instead of cranberry sauce (180 calories per half cup.)
Have the mashed potatoes (240 to 300 calories per cup, depending on how much butter, milk, or cream is used) instead of the candied sweet potatoes (up to 500 calories per cup), which have butter plus lots of sweet stuff-brown sugar and sometimes even marmalade, honey, maple syrup, marshmallows or pecans.
When it comes to pies, pumpkin (270 calories per slice) wins, but even apple pie (350 calories) looks like a bargain compared with the dietary disaster that is pecan pie (700 calories). Add 270 calories if you have your pie a la mode.
Smart meals at Sbarro:
Slice of Low Carb Cheese Pizza with a Greek Salad (370 calories), Slice of New York Style Thin Crust Tomato & Basil Pizza with a mixed garden salad (485 calories).
I want a sandwich or a burger!
Opt for lettuce, tomato and onion on your sandwich or burger instead of cheese. Taking of just one slice can save you somewhere between 50 and 85 calories.
Smart meals at McDonald’s:
Regular hamburger or any snack wrap with grilled chicken, paired with a side salad and low fat balsamic vinaigrette (310-330 calories).
I want Mexican!
Order everything “Fresco Style”--that is, with salsa and without cheese or sauce. Depending on how sinful the original item is, it"ll save you anywhere from 20 to 140 calories.
Smart meal at Taco Bell:
“Fresco Style” Grilled Steak Soft Taco, Mexican Rice and Pintos & Cheese (380 calories).
I want Chinese!
Order something steamed with sauce on the side. Avoid egg rolls, fried rice and deep-fried dishes like sweet-and-sour, sesame or General Tso‟s chicken. Skip the
duck sauce-just two tablespoons pack 85 calories.
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