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    Tips for eating smart during Christmas

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Did you know that the average person consumes 4,000 to 6,000 calories on Christmas Day alone? The recommended average calorie intake is 1,600 to 3,000 calories, based on age, gender and activity level.

    Registered dietitian Kristen Rowe has some alternatives you might want to consider when planning our your holiday feast.

    Appetizers and Drinks
    Candied nuts (2 oz.)
    380 calories, 34 g. fat, 150 mg. sodium
    Vs.
    Popcorn ball
    151 calories, 4 g. fat, 167 mg. sodium

    Eggnog (1 cup)
    340 calories, 19 g. fat, 137 mg. sodium
    Vs.
    Apple Cider
    115 calories, 0 g. fat, 10 mg. sodium

    Side Items
    Candied Yams (½ cup)
    370 calories, 8 g. fat, 179 mg. sodium
    Vs.
    Roasted Potatoes (1/2 cup)
    95 calories, 4 g. fat, 128 mg. sodium

    Cornbread Stuffing  (1 cup)
    430  calories, 30 g. fat, 1028 mg. sodium
    Vs.
    Rice Pilaf (1 cup)
    170 calories, 9 g. fat, 820 mg. sodium
    Green Bean Casserole (1 cup)
    142 calories, 8 g. fat, 439 mg. sodium

    Main Course
    Prime Rib (8 oz.)
    600 calories, 40 g. fat, 400 mg. sodium
    Vs.
    Turkey, white meat with no skin (8 oz.)
    264 calories, 4 g. fat, 144 mg. sodium

    Dessert
    Fruit cake (1 slice)
    420 calories, 14 g. fat, 100 mg. sodium
    Vs.
    Sweet Potato Pie
    280 calories, 10 g. fat, 200 mg. sodium

    Rowe also recommends to never arrive hungry to a Christmas dinner, eat slowly, stick to small portions and use a small plate. And don't forget to incorporate some sort of exercise into your Christmas day routine! Even something as simple as taking a walk around the neighborhood with your family will benefit you in the long run.

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