The holiday season is a time for family, friends, and tons of good food! Oftentimes, people will take a break from their weight loss routine to enjoy the wonderful tastes and smells of the holidays, especially as they prepare to start their New Year’s resolutions. However, while the holiday cheer may be sending your taste buds to a world of their own, your stomach won’t be thanking you anytime soon.
Let’s dive right in to the 5 foods you’ll want to avoid this holiday season in order to stick to your weight loss solution:
Everybody loves their creamy cup of eggnog during the holiday season, but nobody seems to worry about the whole milk and cream that gets added to this season special. While it may taste like heaven, there is tons of fat in your store bought eggnog. Try making homemade eggnog this year with lowfat milk, rice milk, or soy milk, your stomach will thank you later!
Best known for their association with Chanukah, these potato pancakes make a fantastic addition to any holiday meal! But, before you get your frying pan ready, these yummy treats can contain tons of calories and fat. Instead of making your latkes deep-fried this year, try only using a touch of oil and bake them instead – you’ll be amazed with the result!
Everybody loves mashed potatoes, not just during the holiday season. However, by adding butter, whole mile, or cream to create this delicious creamy masterpiece, the calorie and fat content rise drastically. Also, by removing the skin of the potato you are getting rid of all the nutritional value! This year, try leaving the skin on your potatoes to add nutrients like Vitamin C, Iron, and Potassium, and transition to low-fat butter or skim milk to keep your fat content as low as possible!
While we all want to pour this delicious holiday treat all over our plate, everybody knows that gravy has poor nutritional value. Gravy is made straight from the fat found in meat, whole milk, and butter, making its nutritional content almost scary. This holiday season, try looking out for reduced / low fat gravy in the store, or attempt to make your own healthy option using chicken or beef broth!
Even with the healthiest filling you can find, it’s hard to avoid the unhealthy part of a pie… the crust. Because it is made largely of processed white flour, your pie crust will contain most of the calories and fat found in this delicious dessert, and none of the nutritional value! This holiday season, try substituting this fat filled dessert with something a bit healthier, like a chocolate soufflé or mousse!
Happy Holidays From The Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon
From us at Spatz, we wish you a wonderful holiday season filled with love from your friends and family. Over the course of this untraditional year, we have continued our pledge to help each and every one of our customers reach their weight loss goals, helping them become stronger and more confident along the way. By truly committing to a healthier lifestyle, which can start by using your willpower to avoid these fatty foods during the holidays, we believe you can be on your way to living your best life. Need a little push? We’re here to help. Happy Holidays!