Christmas is here and with celebration comes the feasting. No doubt that festive foods are must-haves on such a joyful time, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health for the fun. So here are some of the foods to look out for during the festive season!

Fruit cake

As the name suggests, sounds like this should be in the healthy list considering there are dried fruits, nuts and spices… until you factor in the amount of sugar, corn syrup, flour, brandy, and butter. While it’s okay to have one or two slices every once a year, the nutrition fact counts for 139 calories, 3.9 fat, 26 carb, and 1.2 grams of protein per piece (approx. 43g).

Gingerbread 

Gingerbread people and houses would be an obvious sign of Christmas especially if they held an event in malls for children to participate. While it is packed with spices, gingerbread also has molasses, sugar and icing. If the cookies are bad enough, gingerbread cake is worse as it has buttermilk and flour. One small piece of cake has approximately 260 calories, 36 carbs, and 12 grams of fat.

Swedish meatballs

We all know that Ikea sells one of the best Swedish meatballs… But with 10 pieces of meatballs that also comes with mashed potatoes, lingonberry, and cream sauce, this meal amount to 550 calories, 34 fat, 37 carbs, and 23 grams of protein.

Mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes never hurt anyone, until you start adding in the whole milk, butter, and salt which amps up the calories, cholesterol, and fat count. One serving clocks in at about 237 calories with 9 grams of fat and 666 milligrams of sodium without any extra salt or sauces!

Candy canes

Anything to do with candy and sweets is bound to be unhealthy, and candy canes are no exception. Made of purely colouring, sugar, and flavouring, this candy offers no nutrient of 60 calories apiece (approx. 14 grams)

Prime rib

Prime rib is a beloved cut of beef, especially during festive times like Christmas. One can only guess why this is the favoured part is because it’s the fattest part of the cow. If you exclude the extra sauce or seasoning, one piece of prime rib can house up to 750 calories and 45 grams of fat. Not to give anyone a scare, 8 ounces of Lawry’s prime rib has 426 milligrams of cholesterol, 100 mg more than the USDA recommends for men and women to consume per day.

Mac & cheese

Mac and cheese may be an American favourite comfort food, but the food culture has somehow integrated into Asia too. Unfortunately, one serving of this (approx. 81 grams) amounts to 160 calories, 7 fat, 20 carbs, and 5 grams of protein.

This may look like you’ll be restricted with choices, but fret not! Just keep in mind the portion size and have it in moderate amounts will be a good rule of thumb during this festive season. More than anything, do enjoy yourself!