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Holiday Snacking

Tiny Tastes Add Up!
Holiday Snacking

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Tasting food during the holiday season can add up to lots of calories eaten. Consider this:

  • Taste 1: You had a piece of peanut brittle that someone brought for treats at work. (80 calories)
  • Taste 2: Someone else brought chocolate-covered cherries to work, so you had a couple (because they are fruit, right?). (60 calories)
  • Taste 3: You baked cookies and one broke. You ate a piece. (30 calories)
  • Taste 4: You were thirsty and had a half-cup of old-fashioned eggnog before you guests arrived for dinner. (200 calories)
  • Taste 5: A few tablespoons of candied sweet potatoes were left in the bowl, so you finished them. (60 calories)

That adds up to 430 calories of "tiny tastes." Just 100 extra calories per day can lead to a 10-pound weight gain in one year.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise December 2013 (PDF)

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