Tips for navigating the holiday dessert table

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – If you’re trying to eat healthy during the holidays, the dessert table can be one of the toughest to navigate! Dr. Laura Christoph, Professor of Nutrition, shared tips so you don’t overeat!

Navigating a Holiday Dessert Table

1. Always go for some fruit if it is available.
If you fill part of your dessert plate with fruit, at least you have some nutrient dense choices that can add some satisfaction without the guilt

2. In the mood for pie?
Fruit pies are the lower Calorie option. Pecan pie and cheesecake are full of fat and sugar both in the crust and the filling. Although fruit pies have a good amount of fat in the crust and some added sugar in the filling, at least some of the pie is filled with nutrient dense fruit. However, that being said, if you want a piece of cheesecake, apple pie and fruit is not going to satisfy you. Go for a small slice and savor it slowly. Take your time and enjoy every bite!

3. Feel like a slice of cake?
Angel food cake is your lowest Calorie option. Anything that is labeled “flour-less” is going to be super rich with sugar and fat. Icing is often made with butter or shortening and sugar. This can really break the Calorie bank. Go for a light whipped topping that adds some flavor and texture but is lower in sugar, fat and total Calories. And if you want that piece of flourless chocolate cake with buttercream frosting, just use portion control and add some fruit on the side to fill up space on your plate.

4. Skip the bread basket – If you want to indulge in dessert, think about what the rest of your meal looks like. Maybe your best option is to focus on a high quality protein source and lots of veggies at the main meal, and then you can save your starchy, sugary treat for a dessert indulgence, rather than wasting it on the bread basket!

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