By: Annie Morgan
With Thanksgiving around the corner, stores are stocked with holiday treats tempting Americans to indulge.
After all, it’s the holidays, right? What’s the harm in sampling all the sweet treats available?
While marketing pros want you to believe holiday binging is normal and harmless, the health consequences can be disastrous.
We all know sugar is highly addicting, and once the body gets used to having it again the cravings remerge.
Many people maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the year and give up at the holidays, breaking the momentum and falling back into a pattern of unhealthy habits.
But it doesn’t have to be this way!
You can still make healthy choices during the holidays, and to start, stay away from these popular holiday treats.
This creamy drink is a favorite for many Americans and is a classic tradition during the holidays.
But one 8oz glass of eggnog has a whopping 340 calories and 34 grams of carbs – and nearly 22 grams of sugar!
People pound these back by the glasses and are loading their bodies full of unnecessary sugar – essentially taking in more of their daily recommended carbs and sugar by sipping on a beverage.
Why drink your calories when you can enjoy all different types of holiday meats and roasted veggies?
And to those who love eggnog AND feast on other holiday treats – the pounds can seriously pack on.
Many people opt for a slice of fruit cake because they actually think they are eating healthy (yes really).
But don’t let the name of this popular treat fool you!
The “fruit” in this cake is actually candied fruits loaded with sugar and has a whopping 26.6g of carbs per slice.
Not to mention 12.8g of sugar (and that’s just if you eat one piece).
And since they make these cakes to sit a long time – one can’t even begin to name all the preservatives in ‘em.
Say no to the fruit cake, and opt for something tasty and keto friendly like a small handful of blueberries with cheese.
Canned Cranberry Sauce
But cranberries are supposed to be good for you, right?
But the stuff that comes in the can is LOADED with sugar.
We’re talking 21.6 grams of sugar per slice!
And let’s be honest – most people eat more than one.
And since cranberry slices are often viewed as a “healthy side” – people eat them with their meal – and could easily be taking in an extra 60 grams of sugar – just with cranberry slices!
The food may be tempting, but you can do better.
Consider making a keto-friendly dish and bringing it to your next gathering, or choose to eat items like cheese, meat, and veggies.
There are many healthy holiday spices you can cook with – that won’t hike up your blood sugar.
Your body will thank you, and while everyone is feeling the post binge slug – you’ll be energized and happy you made the best choice!
Are you guilty of indulging in one of these popular holiday treats?
If so, which one do you find most difficult to avoid around the holidays?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends and family to let them know the most popular holiday treats they should avoid!