Weight Loss & Diet

Easy Ways to Save Calories During the Holidays

Easy Ways to Save Calories During the Holidays
Natalie Stein

Exercise, Fitness & Nutrition Expert | Lark Health

In this article:

  • Weight gain happens to most people during the holidays. But it does not need to.
  • You can make smart swaps to cut back on calories while eating the foods you love. 
  • Portions are important, too.
  • Lark can guide you through the holidays so you can stay healthy and on track. The app is available 24/7 through your smartphone. It offers personalized health and weight loss coaching.

Weight gain is common during the holidays. Does that mean you need to choose between eating the foods you love and being healthy? Not at all! These are some ways to cut 100 or 200 calories while still eating the foods you like.

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What Do 200 Calories Look Like?

Are you looking for something indulgent that will not break the calorie bank? It is possible to have any number of treats for a reasonable number of calories. These are some examples of what you can have for 200 calories.

  • 6 Pepperidge Farm Gingerman Cookies
  • 1 frosted sugar cookies 
  • 1 6-ounce cup of hot chocolate, made with milk, with 2 marshmallows
  • 1 piece of fudge, 2-inch by 1.5 inch
  • 5 ounces of eggnog
  • 5 ounces of red wine plus 2 woven wheat crackers and ½ ounce of low-fat cheddar cheese
  • ½ ounce of cheese with 4 
  • 20 halves of candied pecans
  • 1 glass of milk and 1 chocolate chip cookie

Ways to Save 100 Calories

Instead of… Try
3 Italian meatballs
6 cocktail shrimp
2 5-ounce glasses of wine
1 5-ounce glass of wine plus unlimited water or sparkling water
1 cup of eggnog made with cream or whole milk
1 cup of eggnog made with skim or unsweetened almond milk
18 chocolate-covered peanuts
16 peanuts dusted with cocoa
4 crackers with 2 tablespoons of ranch or blue cheese dip
3 crackers with 2 tablespoons of hummus
Egg, crab, or potato salad with mayonnaise
2 deviled egg halves

Ways to Save 200 Calories

Instead of… Try
10 ounces of mulled cider
10 ounces of hot herbal apple tea with cinnamon stick, clove, orange zest, vanilla pod, and star anise
1 chocolate-covered pretzel rod
3 chocolate-covered pretzel mini twists
½ cup of chocolate-covered raisins
1 ounce of dark chocolate chips plus 1 cup of grapes
1 cup of caramel corn
3 cups of air-popped popcorn
Appetizers with puff pastry
Appetizers with raw vegetables or grilled chicken or shrimp
1 slice of pigs in a blanket casserole
2 pigs in a blanket with mini cocktail franks and crescent roll dough

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You can eat the holiday foods you love and still stay on track this year. Lark can help. Lark’s nutrition and weight loss coaching includes daily check-ins, meal logging features, and instant feedback. And if motivation is what you need during this busy season, Lark is available 24/7 to provide it. 

Healthy eating during the holidays does not mean giving up everything you love. There are ways to fit in your favorites and stay true to tradition while making healthy choices. Lark can help you make small changes that can keep you on track. 

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