Stuff stockings, not yourself

Monday , December 17, 2012 - 2:15 PM

Gabriella Boston

A holiday party is an invitation to have fun — unless you’re trying to stick to a healthful diet. No matter how small those tasty holiday hors d’oeuvres are, they are packed with calories.

And what about that holiday party staple, eggnog? A cup of this creamy, sweet and spicy goodness is about 350 calories before you even add alcohol. It’s about 450 calories with a shot of rum.

“It’s quite ridiculous,” says Jared Rice, a Bethesda, Md.-based nutritionist. “One cup of eggnog is almost like a meal.”

And those sliders on the hors d’oeuvre tray? About 300 calories per serving of two tiny burgers.

Pigs in a blanket? About 245 calories for one serving of five little pigs.

The pigs and the sliders are also high in sodium. And the fat content is huge, at about 25 percent of your daily value per serving.

Think those garlic breadsticks are any better? Expect about 160 calories per breadstick. And let’s be honest: Are you really eating just one?

“My advice is to skip them altogether,” says Danielle Omar, a dietitian and owner of Foodconfidence.com. “The portions are small, sometimes bite-size, but calories add up so quickly with those choices without making you feel full.”



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