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OPTION: Insert company or wellness program LOGO and/or TAGLINE here.

Holiday Calories Quiz

Of these traditional holiday buffet choices, which is the best option to help prevent holiday weight gain?

Sweet potatoes

False. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamins and A and C, a good source of potassium and fiber, and fat-and cholesterol-free. However, traditional recipes include too much butter and brown sugar to make this a healthy choice.

Turkey

True. Turkey is low-fat and a great source of lean protein and vitamin B. White meat is lower in fat and calories than dark meat so choose turkey breast rather than a drumstick. A serving is three ounces or about the same size as a deck of cards. Remember, drizzling on gravy adds unwanted fat and calories.

Wheat dinner roll

False. Bread can be an important source of fiber, but you must choose whole-grain varieties to make them nutritionally valuable. Food products labeled “multi-grain,” “whole wheat,” or “seven grain” are generally not whole-grain products.

Cranberry sauce

False. Cranberries are rich in potassium but the sauce is high in sugar. You would have to walk 15 to 30 minutes to burn off the possible 50 to 100 calories (depending on the recipe) from two ounces of this holiday favorite.

Calories and calorie comparisons verified at The Daily Plate, 2008, “Calorie Calculator,” www.thedailyplate.com

National Institutes of Health, “Action Guide for Healthy Eating,” 2008, www.nih.gov

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