Hard to believe but in just a couple of weeks it will be Christmas! Yes, the Silly Season is well and truly upon us with all the customary pleasures and stresses it brings with it. There will be much back-slapping, laughter, hugs, and of course eating and drinking as we take time to commune with those dearest to us.
It is very easy to overindulge during the festive period, because we are given a social licence to eat lots of rich foods and partake of libations long into the night with like-minded family and friends. For this reason, it is good to remember the relative caloric content of different main meals, desserts, and snacks so that you can choose wisely if given options.
Whilst you could always hop onto Calorie Counter Australia to do some detailed comparisons, we thought that you might find this quick list useful:
Christmas Ham: 207 calories per 100g
Roast Beef: 172 calories per 100g
Lamb Roast: 205 calories per 100g
Roast Chicken with Stuffing and Gravy: 220 calories per 100g
Chocolate Mud Cake: 508 calories per 100g
Plum Pudding: 279 calories per 100g
Pavlova: 292 calories per 100g
The important thing to remember is that traditional Christmas foods are calorie-dense, so try to save them for specific feast days rather than spreading them throughout the next month. Christmas foods were traditionally luxuries to be anticipated and savoured slowly, but that is hard to do these days when hams and mince-pies and rich puddings and thick custards and brandy cream are so comparatively cheap.