A healthier holiday feast
Holiday cheer has the ability to boost your mood on even the coldest, darkest days of winter. Bright decorations, happy music, the chatter of friends and family-it’s a simple and satisfying way to spend your precious days off.
Having a decadent feast is an important part of the festivities-but that doesn’t mean it has to be an unhealthy one. We talked to Leslie Beck, a Toronto-based dietitian and the author of Leslie Beck’s Healthy Kitchen to get the scoop on which holiday foods to avoid (or limit) to stay healthy during a holiday feast.
This frothy holiday drink may be a symbol of the season for many people, but it’s also packed with cream, sugar and eggs-not exactly a nutritious combination.
“Traditional homemade eggnog is high in cholesterol, high in saturated fat and it’s high in calories,” says Beck. In fact, at 400 calories and 20 grams of fat for just one serving, Beck compares it to eating two glazed doughnuts.
Not only that, but when it’s made at home, it could be a food safety issue. “It’s dangerous to eat foods with raw egg,” says Beck.
For a comforting holiday drink, try this Hot Chili Chocolate instead.
Stuffing is certainly a quintessential holiday food, but it can also be high in fat and calories.
“Usually you use lots of butter and margarine. Then if you’re cooking it inside the turkey, you also get all those drippings from the turkey, so that’s adding to the fat,” says Beck.
Not only that, but it can pose an immediate risk to your health. “There’s a chance you’re at a higher risk for food poisoning if you cook it inside the turkey, so it’s safer to cook your stuffing in a separate dish,” says Beck.
Try this Wild Blueberry Cornbread Stuffing for a healthier alternative.