7 Holiday Treats To Stay Away From

December 7, 2011

David Zinczenko, author of Eat This, Not That! 2012 Edition, wrote an article giving some great tips to staying trim during the holiday season.  He believes that you can enjoy your favorite holiday treats by making some simple substitutions. Zinczenko said, "the average American gains 1.5 pounds of fat between Thanksgiving and New Year's, according to a study at Texas Tech...these swaps alone could save you almost that entire 1.5 pounds."  Here are some of the worst offenders (found in Eat This, Not That! 2012 Edition).


Organic Valley Eggnog (1 cup)
360 calories
20 g fat (12 g saturated)
34 g sugar

Drink This Instead!
Bolthouse Farms Holiday Nog (1 cup)
160 calories
3 g fat (2 g saturated)
24 g sugar

Holiday Coffee:

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha (grande)
410 calories
15 g fat (9 g saturated)
54 g sugar

Drink This Instead!
Cappuccino w/ 2 pumps of peppermint syrup (grande)
160 calories
4 g fat (2 g saturated)
20 g sugar

Holiday Muffin:

Dunkin' Donuts Warm Cinnamon Swirl Muffin
630 calories
23 g fat (7 g saturated)
56 g sugar

Eat This Instead!
Dunkin' Donuts Cinnamon Cake Munchkins (4 Munchkins)
240 calories
14 g fat (6 g saturated)
12 g sugar

Holiday Candy:

Reese’s Peanut Butter Snowman
760 calories
44 g fat (16 g saturated)
68 g sugar

Eat This Instead!
Reese’s Peanut Butter Tree
170 calories
10 g fat (3 g saturated)
16 g sugar

Holiday Ice Cream:

Dairy Queen Reindeer Bites Blizzard (medium)
950 calories
39 g fat (27 g saturated)
94 g sugar

Eat This Instead!
Dairy Queen Caramel Sundae (small)
300 calories
8 g fat (5 g saturated)
35 g sugar

Holiday Sandwich:

Denny’s Holiday Turkey Melt with Fries 
1,300 calories
57 g fat (13 g saturated)
3,210 mg sodium

Eat This Instead!
Club Sandwich w/ Fit Fare Veggies
665 calories
34 g fat (5 g saturated)
1,615 mg sodium

Holiday Breakfast:

IHOP Eggnog Pancakes (4 pancakes)
2,150 calories
84 g fat (47 g saturated)
123 g sugar

Eat This Instead!
Original Buttermilk Pancakes (short stack)
490 calories
18 g fat (8 g saturated)
13 g sugar


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