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Worst Holiday Foods and Their Healthier Alternatives Guest Post

Everyone has their favorite holiday foods that they can’t wait another year to have. But when you’re hosting a holiday gathering it is always a nice gesture of the hostess to consider a healthier alternative. Everyone one is already putting on the extra winter weight, why not make your gathering the place to go and pig out on the good stuff? Here is a menu from the drinks to dessert of what you should try to avoid serving this holiday for their extra calories and lack of nutrition.

 Worst Holiday Foods and Their Healthier Alternatives

Egg nog has got to be one of the worst beverages for you. With or without liquor added to it this drink has over 300 calories per drink and almost 20 grams of fat!

Try this: Switch to hot cocoa which only has about 120 calories if you make it with skim milk or hot water. Hot cocoa is a great drink for kids to enjoy or even the adults who wish to spike it with a little amaretto. Just remember the liquor can add another 100+ calories depending on the serving.

Crab cakes top the list for the worst appetizers you can serve around the holidays. Most recipes call for mayo covered, breadcrumb dunked, and deep fried that add up to well over 400 calories per serving.

Try this: Shrimp cocktail may not be as filling but at least you can still enjoy some seafood on the table. You would have to eat about 30 of them before you catch up to the crab cake intake. They also require no work on your part other than rinsing off the shrimp, and displaying it nicely with a bowl of cocktail sauce.

Prime rib is the worst holiday entrée you can serve, and not just because it’s practically the most expensive main course, but because you can easily consume over 700 calories in an oversized portion. This cut comes from the fattiest part of the cow which explains the layers of fat that surround the actual meat. Even the best cuts of prime rib will be marbled with fat.

Try this: Beef tenderloin is just as filling with less than 170 calories per serving. It is seasonally appropriate and can be just as much of a crowd pleaser with the right fixings.

  Worst Holiday Foods and Their Healthier Alternatives

Pecan Pie probably isn’t worse than your family recipe of banana bread that calls for 6 pounds of butter but it tops our list as the worst dessert you can serve for its 810 calories per serving and 55 grams of sugar.

Try this: a chocolate fondue has less than half the sugar and calories. It is also a great focal point for your guests to socialize around. You can add just about anything that you think will taste good covered in chocolate like; marshmallows, strawberries, pineapples, bananas, graham crackers, pretzels, cherries, you name it!

  Worst Holiday Foods and Their Healthier Alternatives

With these few suggestions, your guests will be talking about what a great time they had at your gathering rather than being stuffed and rolling around all evening in their holiday attire that is suddenly a little too tight.

What are some of your favorite Holiday foods that could be improved?

Are your favorite holiday foods considered a healthier alternative?


This article was written by Sammy Jo Brach who works with a Minneapolis dentist.

About Amber Edwards

Amber is the owner & editor of JadeLouise Designs located in Wasatch Front of Utah near SLC. She is a stay at home mom to Jonathan (11) Talmage (9) Jade (5) and little Rose Katharine (Due in September 2015), 1 dog and 1 cat. She loves to read, craft, bake, shop, travel, photography, and being a Mom and homemaker. She loves her family, and is passionate about sharing how to help families design a more family friendly lifestyle.


  1. The Egg Nog and Prime Rib are the hardest to give up for me. The alternative are not bad though. Thanks.

  2. My mother-in-law makes her famous dip with greek yogurt now instead of sour cream. Still tastes great!

  3. Wait, what? Who puts six pounds of butter in their banana bread? I usually only use one half to three quarters of a pound, and add apple sauce to make up the difference. I’ll put six *bananas* in the bread. And oatmeal. And walnuts. Seriously, though, banana bread is one of my all-time household favorites, if only for the fact that it’s so dead easy to sneak healthy ingredients in it without the kids noticing.

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