Valérie Fernandez

By Valérie Fernandez

December 7, 2015


Tips to Cut Calories During the Holidays

Article revised on 20 December 2018

You can indulge in the holiday food and drink without feeling guilty. Just remember: everything in moderation. Certain treats are a little more dangerous than others, however. Here are a few tips on how to enjoy, without going overboard!

1. Watch out for the salty snacks

Chips, pretzels and nuts are very high in calories. They also make you want to drink more!

2. Careful with the spirits or the season

Stir your drink to make it last longer and take in fewer calories! Think of always alternating with a glass of still water.

3. Start with raw veggies

Pass up the fried hors d’oeuvres and other tempting little morsels and go for the raw veggies instead… Go easy on the dip!

4. Eat during the day

Don’t arrive starving! That way, it will be easier for you to show a little restraint when the first dishes arrive.

5. Veggies, veggies, veggies

Fill half of your plate with veggies… and we don’t mean potatoes!

6. Push the butter dish away

Each tablespoon (15 ml) of butter contains 100 calories.

7. Turkey is better for you than tourtière

Dishes with gravy or covered with a pastry are generally higher in calories than those that are roasted or sautéed.

8. A slice of fruit cake is not a fruit serving!

You don’t have to take a pass on dessert. Just have a small serving.

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