Best and worst Christmas food and drinks

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Party season naturally means party food but unfortunately a number of our favourite party foods are exceptionally high in both fat and energy. As a general rule of thumb, try and avoid anything fried and crunchy instead looking for fresh ingredients including vegetables, salad and fruit. And, if you must indulge look for small, portioned controlled options of your favourite party foods.

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Christmas Food

1. 3 Mini quiches 789kJ / 12.3g fat for 3 stuffed vine leaves (dolmades) 323kJ / 3 g fat

2. 10 feta stuffed peppers 1010kJ / 20g fat for 4 marinated artichoke hearts 338kJ /6g fat

3. 1 tablespoon Kraft French onion dip with 6 Jatz crackers – 811kJ/ 11.4g fat for 1 tablespoon (25g) Light Philadelphia Sweet Chili Pour over with 6 wafer thins – 350kJ / 3g fat

4. 100g piece of Christmas pudding 1379kJ/ 11g fat for 1 small mince pie 658kJ / 5.6g fat

5. 2 Four and Twenty 50g Party pies 1030kJ / 13.8g fat to 2 sushi rolls 330kJ / 1g fat

6. 1 small bowl (50g) Red Rock Deli Sour Cream & Chili potato chips 1025kJ / 11.7g fat for 15 Grain Waves Wholegrain chips 560kJ / 6.2g fat

7. 2 Walkers shortbread fingers 826kJ/ 11.2 g fat with 5 fresh dates 420kJ / 0g fat

8. 5 Cadburys Favourites chocolates 990kJ/11.9g fat for 3 Red Tulip After Dinner Mints 406kJ / 1.9g fat

9. 3 pieces Giant Toblerone 1724kJ / 23.4g fat for 2 Arnotts Premier Orange Sweet Thins 436kJ / 5.8g fat

10. 1 handful (50g) honey roasted cashews – 1316kJ/ 27.5g fat for 50g Fantastic Delites Sweet Chilli & Sour Cream Rice Snacks 900kJ / 6.4g fat

11. 5 thin slices Don Hungarian Hot Salami (50g) – 850/18.5kJ for 1 slice smoked salmon (50g) 380kJ / 5.5g fat

12. 6 plain rice crackers + 2 tablespoons Copperpot Basil w. Cashew & Parmesan Chunky Dip / 1023kJ / 19.5g fat or Piece of tomato and basil bruschetta for 546kJ / 8g fat

13. 2 Chicken Satay sticks / 1000kJ/11g fat for 5 oysters 150kJ / 1g fat

14. 10 Cadbury chocolate covered almonds (50g) – 1155kJ / 18.1g fat for 35 Gourmet Jelly Beans 40g – 600kJ /  0 fat

15. 3 fried chicken wings – 1260kJ / 21g fat for 6 large king prawns – 750kJ / 3g fat

16. ¼ Camembert cheese (50g) with 6 Arnott’s water crackers – 950kJ / 13.8kJ for 3 Kurrajong Kitchens Lavosh Crispbreads with 2 tablespoons Chris’s Light hommus 528kJ / 4.4g fat

17. 13 Pringle chips (25g) 562kJ / 9g fat for 6 Grissini sticks 235kJ / 1g fat

18. Box of Pad Thai (150g) 1287kJ/ 17.3g fat or Box of Thai Beef Salad 920kJ/5.6g fat

19. 20 honey roasted cashew nuts (30g) 790kJ / 16.5g fat for 10 stuffed green olives 329kJ / 5.3g fat

20. 15 Christmas M&M’s (30g) 615kJ / 6.3g fat for 10 strawberries (300g) 400kJ /0g fat

If you are playing host this Christmas season, offer some healthier options to your guests with these healthier party snacks.

Christmas Drinks

Full strength beer vs light beer

345ml bottle Tooheys Extra Dry – 555kJ vs. 355ml Bottle Pure Blonde 447kJ

 Wine vs spritzer (1/2 wine 1/2 fizzy water)

 473kJ for 296kJ

Champagne vs light champagne

 120ml 355kJ / 199kJ Yellowglen Jewel

Gin and tonic vs Bacardi and coke

460kJ vs  635kJ

Stay hydrated through Christmas with these top 5 tips on staying hydrated through the party season.