Skip these holiday party foods that just aren’t worth the sugar, calories and kilos they’ll pack on.
Eggnog is full of saturated fat, says Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN of US-based Maya Feller Nutrition.
That’s mainly because it consists of whole milk and heavy cream. “It also serves up a good dose of sugar, as much as five teaspoons per one cup serving,” Feller adds.
Instead of eggnog, she recommends an eggnog latte with a non-dairy base (like almond milk) and no added sugar.
You can also use non-dairy milks in your Christmas baking. Check out these Christmas baking hacks.
2. Mashed potatoes
This one is a little confusing because, in their natural state, potatoes offer a good variety of nutrients, says Neda Varbanova of Healthy with Nedi, who has a master’s in food studies and is a certified culinary nutritionist, holistic health coach, and recipe creator.
But mashed potatoes often come with butter, sour cream, and heavy cream, which adds too much saturated fat to the dish.
Varbanova says to try cauliflower mash instead, using Greek yogurt in place of heavy cream and butter.
Can’t do without your mash? This plain mash is flavoured with a hint of bay and enriched with a little olive oil instead of butter.
3. Glazed ham
“Traditional glazed ham can be made with corn syrup, sugar, honey, butter and lots of salt,” says Feller.
“One serving can contain as much as 1,230 mg, of sodium, and that’s almost half of your day’s allotment.”
For a low-sodium swap, roast or slow cook a fresh pork butt and use vinegar in place of salt.
Season well with garlic, onion, herbs, and even some fresh-squeezed orange juice for a hint of sweetness recommends Feller.
The best thing about Christmas ham is eating the leftovers for the next few days – especially in this salad.