‘Tis the season to be merry and enjoy time with your friends and family – and also risk the dreaded holiday weight gain. This time of the year is arguably one of the most dangerous when it comes to our health, with the abundance of delicious, fattening spreads of food for the winter months. It’s easy to let yourself go during this time of year, as we tend to get easily distracted when we spend time with family and those we haven’t seen in a long time. Regardless of whether you’re trying to lose weight or you’re simply avoiding the holiday food weight gain, you should definitely consider staying away from these ten holiday foods.
1. Green Bean Casserole
Green bean casserole is definitely considered a holiday food staple in many households. While green beans themselves have lots of vitamin C and A and a high fiber count, the casserole is full of unhealthy ingredients like cheese, butter, salt and fried onions. An entire batch of this dish has over 700 calories and is dangerously high in sodium. To burn off a serving of this, you’d need to dance for at least 15 minutes straight!
2. Cranberry sauce
Cranberries are great for your on their own, but canned cranberry sauce usually packs over 100 grams of sugar per serving, which is more than four times the recommend amount per day. It can also add in roughly 400 calories to your dish. The exercise equivalent to this? Do three sets of twenty push-ups in a row.
3. Pumpkin pie
It’s hard to resist pumpkin pie, but you might want to. A slice of this contains over 300 calories! You’d have to do a low impact exercise for about an hour to burn off one slice.
4. Corn bread
A holiday feast isn’t complete without this. However, one piece (and who can stop at one?) has around 150 calories. You would have to swim 15 laps in the pool to burn this off.
5. Apple pie
This pie is worse than the pumpkin pie, with over 400 calories a slice. It’s full of fat, and while apples are great for you, cooking them only rids them of their nutrients. You could run a 5K to burn off this dish.
6. Mashed potatoes
Certainly a holiday favorite, mashed potatoes are a tasty dish indeed. Mashing potatoes isn’t a big deal – however, the culprit is all the salt, butter and milk that’s usually added. Many can’t deny more than one serving of this dish, and one serving alone has almost 300 calories with just under 10 grams of fat. To burn off this serving, you’d need to lift weight for at least 30 minutes straight.
Rolls are one of those things that’s involved at almost every meal and nobody can stop at one. However, one roll can contain almost 200 calories when you pack on the butter as well. To burn this, you’d have to go run around outside for at least 20 minutes.
8. Turkey (with skin)
Turkey itself isn’t as terrible as other dishes, but be wary of what cut of turkey you choose and whether it has skin. Dark meat with skin has over 70 calories and three times as much fat as white meat without skin. If you keep the skin, you add on roughly 40 more grams of fat overall. To burn off a turkey feast, you might have to ice skate for 45 minutes to an hour.
9. Sweet potato casserole
Although you likely love sweet potatoes, a serving of this dish is full of fattening ingredients and weighs in at 200 calories. You’d have to go to spin class for about 20 minutes to burn this off.
Usually eaten along with the cranberry sauce, stuffing is one of those dishes you’ll find at practically any Thanksgiving or Christmas feast. It might seem non-threatening, but a single serving of this dish has almost 200 calories. You’d have to run up and down stairs for ten minutes to burn this off.
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