The WORST Holiday Table Fare for Your Diet

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Who knew that food so small could have such a big impact on your waistline? The list below is the worst holiday table food that can throw a monkey wrench on your diet.

Spinach Artichoke Dip with Chips

Spinach and artichokes? No problem. Now for the caloric culprits: After you mix in cream cheese, sour cream, and sometimes even mayo, you end up with 220 calories and 22 grams of fat. Scoop your dip with fried tortilla chips and you have around 307 calories. That isn’t good news for your diet.

Vegetable Egg Rolls

Don’t be fooled by the innocent-sounding name. Those vegetables filling the roll are sautéed in oil, tossed in a fatty sauce, and then deep-fried. You’re looking at 150 to 200 calories for each roll.

Tuna Tartare

With two small tuna tartare canapés weighing in at a heavy 384 calories and 12 grams of fat, you’re better off steering clear of these completely.

Mini Potato Knish

These comforting, cute knishes are popular among vegetarians. But one of these tiny turnovers has 100 calories and 8 grams of fat.

Pigs in a Blanket

They’re small, they’re fun, and they’re also 70 calories and 5 grams of fat per piece. These plus a glass of cocktails can run up to 350 calories for your diet.

Cream-Based Soups

Soup can often have a smokescreen of looking nutritious, but depending on what the opposite is in it is often true. Just one cup of clam chowder can have 163 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 1,144 milligrams of sodium. Vegetable soup is better for your diet.

Mixed Nuts

A small handful of Planters mixed nuts nets you a whopping 340 calories. This pre-dinner snack also supplies a lot of salt and fat, which could lead to a bloated belly before you even sit down to dinner. Though they’re a good food source to keep you feeling full until dinner, be mindful of how often you’re snacking on them to play it safe.

Chocolates

It’s the holidays and an occasional treat is perfectly fine, as long as you know when to walk away. A good rule of thumb is to have one piece of what you really want and then stop snacking. And don’t forget to drink water to nix any hunger pangs.

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