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Imagine arriving at a coworker's holiday party — she greets you with a warm smile and a glass of homemade eggnog. But, did you know that just one cup of eggnog can contain nearly 350 calories? Yikes! Swirling around in that attractive glass are 17 percent or more of your recommended daily calories.
Most people know that they should avoid sugary desserts and butter-soaked side dishes if they want to stay healthy and lean. The dishes that will cause you to pack on the pounds are usually pretty obvious. But what happens when they're not dishes at all? As with the eggnog, calorie counts can take us by surprise.
Eggnog serves as a good reminder that we need to be aware of everything that crosses our lips — especially alcoholic beverages. Most drinks aren't quite as heavy as eggnog, but the calories can add up fast when you have more than one. Here are just a few popular drinks, along with their estimated calorie counts:
Adults in the U.S. consume an average of nearly 100 calories from alcohol per day, according to a study published this month based on data from the National Health and Nutrition survey. Of course, that doesn't mean that everyone is drinking alcohol every day. It's an average based on our overall consumption.
It does indicate, though, that we should keep a close watch on those liquid calories. And considering there's a good that chance that many liquid calories are consumed during the holiday season, what better time to start than right now?
Here are some of my favorite healthy alternatives to alcoholic drinks, to get you through those holiday toasts.
Healthy Bites appears on MyHealthNewsDaily on Wednesdays. Deborah Herlax Enos is a certified nutritionist and a health coach and weight loss expert in the Seattle area with more than 20 years of experience. Read more tips on her blog, Health in a Hurry!