Holiday Foods to Go Easy On

5 Dec

Eggnog:  One cup has 224 calories and 20 grams of sugars. And if it’s made with raw eggs, there’s a food-safety risk. If you do indulge, heat the egg mixture to 160 degrees F before adding the other ingredients, use egg substitutes, or buy pasteurized eggnog.

Coffee drinks:  It’s the season for peppermint lattes, but a 16-ounce cup made with 2 percent milk and whipped cream can have as many as 440 calories (almost enough to count as a meal) and 54 grams (13 teaspoons) of sugar.

Pecan pie:  Even though the fat in pecans is the unsaturated healthy type, a slice can have more than 500 calories and 33 grams (8 teaspoons) of sugars. Pumpkin pie, with 280 calories per slice, is a healthier choice.

Green-bean casserole:  This classic made with green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and crispy fried onions comes in at 227 calories in a half-cup. That’s a lot when you consider that a half-cup of plain green beans has only 20 calories. A lighter alternative is steamed beans sautéed in a little butter and tossed with slivered almonds and lemon juice.

Dips:  Many are creamed-based and can be high in sodium, too. You can substitute plain Greek yogurt for cream cheese and sour cream in dip recipes.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health December 2017

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