The holiday’s are meant for relaxing and indulging without care – you deserve it. It’s that one time of the year where you can truly forgo and ditch the ‘D’ word and just eat to your heart’s content. But for those still hoping to keep it fairly clean come Christmas dinner, here’s a breakdown of just how many calories you’ll consume over the night.
Turkey is usually the centrepiece of all Christmas dinners. The great thing is, turkey meat is actually packed with a ton of protein, zinc and vitamin B’s and consists of less fat and calories than most meats out there. Those looking to hit their macros can breathe a sigh of relief and hog the turkey breast to keep it in check thanks to its low calorie but high in protein meat. A typical serving of turkey is usually around 150 to 200 calories, 23g of protein and almost 0 carbs.
Who doesn’t love potatoes; one of the most versatile starches that can be prepared in countless number of ways. Whether your family chooses to mash or roast them, chances are the calorie count is up there – especially when it comes to mashed potatoes thanks to it being mixed with milk and butter. So we say opt for basic roasted potatoes if you’re looking to keep the calorie count low. Depending on what kind of potatoes are prepared, a usual serving will range between 100 – 200 calories.
Depending on what your stuffing comprises up can make or break your calorie count. If packed with scrumptious sausage and other high in calorie knick knacks like nuts and meat, then just the stuffing alone can range from around 200 to 300 calories – not even including the actual turkey meat.
Of course we aren’t eating the turkey dry and the perfect accompaniment to turkey is it’s sauces and cranberry jam. We just love to drown our slices of turkey in amples amount of sauces, but people always tend to forget that there are calories in sauces too! Most gravies usually equate to about 40 -70 calories per serving and if your the type to enjoy a sweet tang and add cranberry sauce, that adds around 40 – 50 calories to your dinner.
If you’re really desperate to eat clean, then the vegetables are a no brainer. Usually steamed carrots, brussel sprouts or green beans are the expected sides amongst the turkey and the great thing is they are super low in calories. A typical serving of carrots or green beans don’t amount more than 15 – 20 calories, so if you want to go crazy but watch your cals, then we say, go crazy on the veges.
Now here’s where the calorie count really goes up. Like any traditional holiday, dessert is always involved. And if you’re celebrating with tradition in mind, then Christmas pudding will definitely be on the table. The sweet and sinful dessert is exactly how we’d like to indulge this holiday season, but be wary as it packs a punch in calories. One serving with cream can amass to a whopping 550 – 600 calories – you’ll need to run for a good two hours before that starts to burn off.
What’s a holiday without cake, it’s one of the easiest things to get if we’re pressed for time and running out of ideas to bring to a Christmas potluck dinner. However, one slice of cake is more calories than it seems. A basic slice of Christmas cake can range from 250 – 300 calories. So if you’re looking to treat yourself, then by all means ask for that slice. But if you want to be more cautious, cut the cals by sharing a slice with a loved one, so you can still enjoy but without the full guilt of consuming all those calories.
Another way we don’t realise the calories piling up is through our drinks. A large 250ml glass of red wine has usually 200 – 220 calories, which amounts to more than a serving of turkey! It’s really up to you which way you prefer to consume your calories, but we’re just letting you know the numbers.
But at the end of the day, we’re just going to forget about all the numbers and enjoy our time with good food and great company.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!