The holiday season is full of challenges: dodging creepy exes under the mistletoe, feigning interest in your cousin’s reenactment of his role in the school play, faking delight when you open (yet another) pair of socks from mom.
But, if there’s one thing more difficult to navigate than the inevitable drama in your family and love life, it’s the buffet full of holiday cookies, cakes and bacon-wrapped everything staring you in the face. If the c’est la vie spirit of the holiday season is throwing your dietary decision-making off track — never fear.
We’ve made a list of healthier alternatives to your favorite holiday treats, allowing you to indulge…without being forced to spend the rest of the season in sweatpants.
FOR A LITTLE SOMETHING SWEET NOT SINFUL…
SWAP THIS: 3 pcs serving Ferrero Rocher hazelnut chocolate (220 calories)
FOR THAT: 9 Dark Hershey’s Kisses (190 calories)
YOU SAVE: 30 calories
When we need to satisfy a chocolate craving and save on calories, Hershey’s Kisses are our go-to.
FOR A LOW-CAL COCKTAIL SNACK…
SWAP THIS: 1 Crab Cake (260 calories)
FOR THAT: 12 Jumbo Cocktail Shrimp (165 calories)
YOU SAVE: 95 calories
12 jumbo shrimp vs. one measly crab cake? Talk about more bang for your calorie buck.
FOR A LESS DEVIOUS DIP…
SWAP THIS: Spinach Artichoke Dip (300 calories)
FOR THAT: Salsa (10 calories)
YOU SAVE: 290 calories
With all those calories saved, we suggest you supplement with champagne. Whatever you’re doing, we’re sure it qualifies as a special occasion.
FOR A DIET-FRIENDLY DESSERT…
SWAP THIS: Fruitcake (410 calories)
FOR THAT: Pumpkin Pie (250 calories)
YOU SAVE: 160 calories
Contrary to popular belief, fruit doesn’t count as health food when it comes in cake form. We’re upset, too.
FOR A BETTER BEVERAGE…
SWAP THIS: Egg Nog (350 calories)
FOR THAT: Low-Cal Soy Egg Nog (90 calories)
YOU SAVE: 260 calories
Almost 75% fewer calories than the original. For extra fun, please add rum.
Written by avid #cycaustin rider, Sam Sumpter. Follow her @Its_Sam_babaaay for music recs and Seinfeld-related retweets.