A piece of pie after dinner, an extra serving of stuffing and gravy - it all adds up to excess calories and a few extra pounds. We all know that watching our calories this time of year is particularly difficult. But what about limiting your liquid calories during the holidays? Having a couple of extra drinks a day almost adds up to eating an extra meal. But you don’t have to limit your beverage choices to water or diet soda. Here are some tips for you to enjoy your favorite beverages while saving on calories, too!
- Skip the alcohol Eliminating alcohol from any cocktail trims almost 100 calories per shot.
- Cut back on whipped cream Although whipped topping adds richness and flavor, it can also add fat, sugar and extra calories. Try low-fat whipped topping or skip it altogether.
- Fizz it up Adding a splash of club soda or a flavored seltzer makes any drink more festive. You’ll avoid calories and extra sugar, too!
- Like egg nog? Try the low-fat or non-fat versions. A dash of nutmeg spices things up, so you won’t miss the extra fat and calories.
- At the coffeehouse… Flavored coffee drinks – hot or cold – can have up to 800 calories and almost 50 grams of fat! Ask for your coffee (or hot chocolate) to be made with non-fat milk, sugar-free syrup and light (or no) whipped cream.
- Watch what you add One teaspoon of honey adds 20 calories, while one teaspoon of sugar adds 16 calories. One ounce of cream equals 39 calories and 4 grams of fat.
When possible, read the nutrition label on products and go for the lighter version. Enjoy, but in moderation!
Submitted by: Jennifer Even, Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Hamilton County. Source: Consumer Reports Quick and Easy Shopping Guide, ShopSmart, December, 2011.