Friday, December 21, 2012

Fat like Santa

Hey guys,

It's time we sat down and had an intervention with Santa. The dude totally promotes obesity for our elders, it's almost as bad as childhood obesity. Do you even want to know how many cookies he eats in one night? didn't think so! Santa, we aren't judging you, we just want to help because we care about you (...and maybe the safety of any incoming presents.)

I know you are wondering "oh, another lifestyle post? Where are the holiday fashion inspirations? Moar fashion Kristine!" Truth be told, I am behind in strategically planning the most killer outfits for Christmas and New Year's Eve, but health is just as important. You probably wouldn't wear your killer holiday outfit if you felt like shit in it?
Anyway, let's be real! The Holidays crush our caloric souls and we need to combat it preemptively before Tia Maria stops by with enough food for an army. I've been reading up on all the tips and trick: "low-cal drink choices", "trim the tree and your bod,"and the list goes on.  So, thanks for FabFitFun for compiling this list of the Holiday Food show-down!

Check out the best and worst dishes of the season:
 
Winner: Shrimp Cocktail
Protein-packed, low in cals, and virtually fat free, this is one holiday appetizer to load up on all season long.
 
Loser: Crab Cakes
Fish is healthy, right? Well, not when it’s mixed with loads of mayo then breaded and fried. Sorry friends, but this is one crab to throw back into the sea.

 
Winner: Hummus and Veggies
Dip with confidence when you indulge in this dynamic duo. Nutritionally dense, low-cal veggies are the perf crunch counterpart for fiber-filled, heart-healthy hummus.
 
Loser: Crackers and Cheese Dip
While dips can be delicious, they are generally loaded with cheese, cream, butter, and everything else on the naughty list. Paired with empty-calorie-filled crackers, this is just not a winning combination.
 
Winner: Turkey
This bird is a protein powerhouse! Not to mention that turkey is one of the lowest calorie meat options available. Make your selection even healthier by removing fatty skin and choosing white meat over dark.
 
Loser: Prime Rib
This rich meat comes from the fattiest part of the cow — creating a fat and calorie nightmare. Think 750 calories and 45 grams of fat in an average serving!
 
Winner: Roasted Potatoes
Potatoes are a great source of potassium and vitamin C. When roasted with a little EVOO, rosemary, and salt, they are a great healthy and tasty side dish!
 
Loser: Mashed Potatoes
We love a plain potato, but when you load it up with heavy cream, butter and cheese – just say no thank you!
 
Winner: Baked Sweet Potatoes
Packed with beta-carotene, vitamin C, dietary fiber, and potassium – the bright orange veggie is a sweet, satisfying, and surprisingly healthy side dish! Just make sure to go easy on the toppings that can ruin an otherwise perf holiday treat.
 
Loser: Stuffing
Stuffed with bread, butter, fatty drippings, and meat, you will feel more stuffed than the bird with this diet disaster. But if you love stuffing as much as we do, just make it your potluck pick and healthify your dish with whole grain bread, chicken stocks, veggies, fruits, and lots of dried herbs instead of all the fat!
 
Best: Green Beans
Get the holiday green on the table with this valuable veggie! The nutritional giant is a fab source of vitamins A, C, and K, manganese, dietary fiber, potassium, folate, and iron.
 
Worst: Squash Casserole
It’s a word that every healthy eater should try to avoid – casserole. Typically, these cheesy, creamy, crumbed-topped dishes are just calorie bombs.
 
Winner: Pumpkin Pie
Have your pie and eat it too. Pumpkin pie is one of your best bets when it comes to holiday desserts. Pumpkin is packed with vitamins and the filling is relatively healthy. Just avoid the crust to make sure you stay on track.
 
Loser: Pecan Pie
All pies are not in fact the same and pecan is one of your worst picks. Just one slice can pack over 500 giant sugar- and fat-filled calories.
 
Winner: Champagne
If you are going to have a cocktail, make it champagne. It’s packed with antioxidants, said to lower blood pressure, and at just 95 calories a glass, it’s a dieter’s dream!
 
Loser: Egg Nog
At over 250 calories and 20 grams of fat per serving, let’s toast to leaving this creamy cocktail in the bowl.
All pretty accurate findings, but I wish they put the Cheese and Crackers on the Nice list this year --- hahaha why, Santa. WHY!!!

-Kristine

PS: Happy Birthday Jesus!


1 comment:

  1. LOVE THIS! Unfortunately for me we ALWAYS have all the "losers" in my family. Its why I can't ever be fashion blogger skinny!

    Happy Holidays,

    Kara
    www.thebostonista.com

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