Festive Calorie BalanceEating healthy all the time during the festive period is highly unlikely.  However, if you use some of the tips in this article and make a few key food substitutions you can avoid piling on the Christmas pounds.

1) Roasted Ham (3oz): 250 Calories

While ham may taste like salty goodness, there isn’t anything good about the amount of artery-clogging fat that this pig will bring to the table.

Healthy Alternative:  Skinless white meat turkey: 135 calories.

Turkey is a good source of protein and, without the skin, is low in fat. It provides B vitamins, which you need for energy production.

The skin on a turkey, or any other roasted poultry, is where most of the fat is. If you remove the skin you can save around 40kcal per portion. Light meat also has slightly fewer calories than dark meat, so choose breast instead of leg or thigh.

2) Roasted Duck (3 Oz): 260 Calories

Like many delicacies, duck is extremely high in fat and calories, especially if it’s smothered in a rich sauce,
and it usually is.

Healthy Alternative: Baked salmon: 160 calories

Okay, so salmon may not be the new Christmas mascot just yet, but it should be — not only is salmon low in calories, it’s also high in heart disease fighting omega-3-fatty acid.

3) Pecan pie (1 slice): 500 calories

While pie sure sounds sweet, it’s desserts like this that keep cardiologists in business. Just one slice contains about a quarter of the average male’s daily-recommended intake of calories.

Healthy Alternative: Dried Raisins: 42 calories
Like a holiday gift sent down from heaven, dried raisins is tasty enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, yet low in calories.

4) French Fries  (85 g): 271 Calories

Don’t even bother. There’s no point in taking something that could potentially be good for you and smothering it in salt and fat, canceling out almost all of its nutritional value.

Healthy Alternative: Baked sweet potato: 115 calories

Leave out the word “candied,” and sweet potatoes are once again a healthy food choice. Packed with vitamin A and beta carotene, baked sweet potatoes are a great addition to a low-fat holiday meal.

5) Fruitcake (1 Slice): 165 Calories

This cake, made with chopped candied fruit or dried fruit, and soaked in spirits, is high in Glycemic index that will cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels.

Healthy Alternative: Fruit salad: 125 calories per cup.

If you’re going to make the effort to eat fruit in the first place, why not go that extra mile and eat the real thing? Not only is it refreshing, delicious and popular with the ladies, but fruit salad is high in vitamins and antioxidants which will help to fight off harmful free radicals in your body.

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