Holiday Snacking: How “Ho Ho Ho” Can Become “Oh No No” On The Scale

Which Delicious Holiday Favorites Pack the Heaviest Calorie Punch?
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Dec. 2, 2011 - PRLog -- It’s no secret that the holiday season can be disastrous for diets. So many tradition holiday snacks and beverages pack a calorie punch that makes stepping on the scale come January a dreaded act. While some indulgence is unavoidable, a usable knowledge of the calorie counts for classic holiday snacks and drinks can help one avoid the perennial holiday bulge. Which seasonal favorites stand out as particularly detrimental?  Peter Vash, M.D., medical director of Lindora Clinic, providers of America’s leading medical weight control program, reveals the biggest culprits:

Eggnog: It’s not the nog that puts this holiday favorite on the naughty list, it’s the eggs, cream and shocking amount of saturated fat that causes this indulgence to tip the scales at 450 calories per glass.

Fruitcake: Gifted and re-gifted every holiday season, nearly every household ends up with a fruitcake on their coffee table. One slice will earn you 324 calories.

Cheese and Crackers: A holiday party staple, a single serving is 420 calories.

Peanut Brittle: While nuts in moderation have their health benefits, the sugar and butter bring this calorie count up to a whopping 485 per 3.5 oz serving.

Pecan Pie: One of the guiltiest pies to grace your holiday table, just one slice adds 676 calories to your daily count.

Holiday Cookies: These traditional, frosted sugar cookies are fun to decorate but contain up to 180 calories each (not counting the toppings!).

Gingerbread:  Run, run as fast as you can! Each of these iced little treats is worth 100 calories.

Peppermint Patty Cocktail: A quintessential holiday cocktail, mixing peppermint schnapps, vodka, and cream, comes in at 273 calories.

Pumpkin Spice Latte: This festive holiday beverage, found at numerous coffee shops, packs 380 calories.

Chocolate Truffles: Four of these decadent treats can set you back 420 calories.

Being aware of these dietary traps is the first step towards making healthier choices over the holiday season, according to the experts at Lindora Clinic.  Small alterations in your diet can make a large difference, such as sipping on no-sugar added hot chocolate (60 cal) instead of eggnog, or opting for pumpkin pie (161 cal) instead of pecan.

Lindora helps 3,500 patients each day at its 42 Southern California clinics and thousands of others through its online program, books, and many products.  For more information, call (800) LINDORA or visit
Source:Frank Groff, Inc.
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