What do you need to avoid at Christmas?

So here we are with Christmas just around the corner and already temptation will be everywhere.  Tins of sweets in the office, works parties and even things in the home you have bought early. So how to cope.

There are five things that I used to have regularly at Christmas but that I now do without or have strategies to help me.  If these are your problem areas you might find this helpful

A Terrys Chocolate Orange

I was always given one of these at Christmas but with 45 calories per segment and a whopping 926 calories in a whole one I now leave well alone

Baileys Cream

A really popular drink at Xmas and I love it poured over ice- really yummy, but with a pub measure (and who actually stciks to that) at 150 calories it is not my tipple of choice

Boxes or tins of chocolate and sweets such as Quality Street/Roses/Thorntons

Typically any three sweets or chocolates can be anything from 130-180 calories and seriously can you stop at three.  If the tin is there its easy to just keep having one and where do you stop

Christmas Pudding 

I really love this but I am the only one in my family who does.  A typical portion is 330 calories before you add cream or brandy butter so I now just don’t have it.

Salted Peanuts

At 6 calories a nut and 100 calories for a small handful these are not great if you want to avoid piling on weight.  Plus they make you thirsty so can be a double whammy

So what to do instead.

Get the orange kick from another Christmas favourite, the tangerine, which at only 50 calories a fruit is a great alternative to the Terry’s variety

Pick a tipple which is lower in calories. Mine is a vodka and slimline tonic which at 70 calories you have almost  2 for 1 comparing it to Baileys

Just buy a small box of chocolates, if you do have get them. Put a few in a small sweet dish and when they have gone they have gone.

Find a dessert recipe that has the festive feel such as a mixed fruit compote with some crème fresh as an alternative to Christmas Pudding, much lighter anyway after a Christmas dinner.  There was a suggestion in my blog last week.

And if like me you really think Christmas isn’t Christmas without some nuts then get a small bag of mixed dried fruit and nuts, which are healthier, but remember still high in calories

Finally if there is one thing that you really can’t do without at Christmas then have it but remember Christmas is only one day.






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