Fit Tip Daily

December 21, 2007

Christmas Do’s And Don’ts


   Christmas only comes once a year.  However, you could spend up to 3 months after the holidays burning off all that extra almond roca grandma gave you (if you aren’t careful).  Here are some stats to make you think before you eat during the holidays. 

 Listed below are the common holiday foods people eat …. be afraid, be very afraid….


Almond Roca (3 pieces)

 Calories    210 % DV**
Total Fat 15 g 23%
   Sat. Fat 7 g 35%
Cholesterol 15 mg 5%
Sodium 125 mg 5%
Total Carbs. 18 g 6%
   Dietary Fiber 0.5 g 2%
   Sugars 17 g  
Protein 2 g  

Mashed Potatoes (made with cream and Butter)


Calories 237
(Kilojoules 992)
    % DV**
Total Fat 8.8 g 14%
   Sat. Fat 2.1 g 11%
Cholesterol 2 mg 1%
Sodium 699 mg 29%
Total Carbs. 35.5 g 12%
   Dietary Fiber 3.2 g 13%
   Sugars 3.0 g  
Protein 4.2 g  

Candied Yams  (Look at the Carbs on this one!  It’s way too High for just 1/ 2  a cup!)

Calories 210
(Kilojoules 878)
    % DV**
Total Fat 0 g 0%
   Sat. Fat 0 g 0%
   Trans Fat 0 g  
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 240 mg 10%
Total Carbs. 52 g 17%
   Dietary Fiber 1 g 4%
   Sugars 38 g  
Protein 1 g  

Pecan Pie (Look at the fat in just one piece!  It is more than half or your daily allowance!  Not to mention that 450 calories is usually one whole meal!)


Calories 452
(Kilojoules 1889)
    % DV**
Total Fat 20.9 g 32%
   Sat. Fat 4.0 g 20%
Cholesterol 36 mg 12%
Sodium 479 mg 20%
Total Carbs. 64.6 g 22%
   Dietary Fiber 4.0 g 16%
   Sugars 31.9 g  
Protein 4.5 g  

Spinach and Artichoke Dips (1/4 cup is 17 grams of fat Whoa….  stay far far aways from the dips)

Calories 220
(Kilojoules 920)
    % DV**
Total Fat 17 g 26%
   Sat. Fat 8 g 40%
Cholesterol 40 mg 13%
Sodium 680 mg 28%
Total Carbs. 9 g 3%
   Dietary Fiber 2 g 8%
   Sugars 4 g  
Protein 8 g  

 Sugar Cookies (harmless right?  One little white cookie won’t hurt…. think again!  One cookie has 12 grams of fat and 220 calories! Ouch! )


Calories 220
(Kilojoules 920)
    % DV**
Total Fat 12 g 18%
   Sat. Fat 6 g 30%
   Trans Fat 0 g  
Cholesterol 15 mg 5%
Sodium 140 mg 6%
Total Carbs. 28 g 9%
   Dietary Fiber 0.5 g 2%
   Sugars 14 g  
Protein 2 g

 Pillsbury Crescent Rolls ( 180 calories and 10 grams of fat for one large roll… need I say more?)


Calories 180
(Kilojoules 752)
    % DV**
Total Fat 10 g 15%
   Sat. Fat 2.5 g 13%
   Trans Fat 2.5 g  
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 370 mg 15%
Total Carbs. 20 g 7%
   Dietary Fiber 0.5 g 2%
   Sugars 4 g  
Protein 3 g  

High Calorie Mixed Drinks  (see my article on low calorie cocktails)


(all calorie info from


Roasted Potatoes:  These have very little fat and lower calories then the average mashed potatoes.

Ham and Turkey:  Fill up on proteins to avoid overeating the carbs.

ham.jpg    turkey.jpg

Green Bean Casserole:  This is a holiday favorite that scores big points.  It only contains 70 calories per serving (1/2 cup)!


Vegetable Tray:  Fill up on that ever famous veggie tray.  However, take it easy on the dip… try to use as little as possible! 

Jello Desserts:  If you Must have a dessert; at least this one is low in calories and fat.

Yams: The normal yams (minus the bath of syrup) are actually one of the best foods you can eat!


Steamed Veggies:  This is always a wise choice for any occasion!  Fill up on as many of these so you don’t splurge on dessert!

Salad:  Hopefully, grandma added a salad for a rounded meal…. If she did then eat the salad first, along with the veggies!

      We all want to remember how great the holidays are.  We don’t want to carry Christmas with us all year long.  Hopefully, this article will help you during this season.  Write and let me know what you think about the site!

 Happy Holidays,

Adria Ali


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