holiday desserts

Some Things I Miss

Knowledge is power.

I am pretty good at guesstimating how many calories are in something. After 5+ years of counting calories to lose weight I’ve become sort of an encyclopedia of Calorie Knowledge.

Because I have this Calorie Knowledge in me, it’s often hard to splurge on things I used to eat ALL.THE.TIME.

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It’s also the time of year for amazing seasonal treats. For example:

I used to LOVE love love a Starbucks Chocolate Peppermint Mocha with Whipped Cream and Chocolate shavings on top. Oh my god. I’d suck down one a day (or more).

How many calories are in this delicious treat? 540 calories for a Grande (16 ounces).

To give you some clarity as to why I skip these now: Tee other night at the gym I worked out for ONE HOUR AND TWENTY-TWO MINUTES and burned 512 calories. ALMOST the same as one mocha.

Another treat–which I probably WILL partake in this holiday season–is the glorious, creamy Peppermint Ice Cream. LOVE it!

Depending on the brand it runs between 140-200 calories a serving. Which is not too bad but I have a hard time eating just one serving at a time. One serving is about 1/2 cup. Or one scoop.

I almost never have just one scoop. So that’s really more like 300-400 calories. Which is an okay splurge once in awhile.

Speaking of Holiday treats…how about Eggnog? Mmmm! Looking forward to having some GregNog this weekend in fact.

1 cup of eggnog = 340 calories or so depending on ingredients and portions.  Now I celebrate the holidays in healthier, lower calorie ways.  I get the Light Eggnog, mix it with Non-fat Milk to dilute it and I skip the whipped cream.

Another one of my old haunts….BURGERVILLE. Their current seasonal milkshakes right now are:

Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake (Regular): 940 calories

Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake (Large):  1140 calories

Burgerville Eggnog Milkshake (Regular):  520 calories

Burgerville Eggnog Milkshake (Large):  670 calories

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Oh so good. I’ve discussed Burgerville’s amazing milkshakes in the past. I definitely miss those but rarely can I justify the calories I’d consume.

A treat I CAN have as an alternative are these:

Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Cookies. Basically Oreos but with peppermint. YUM. Noticing a theme here? 😉 I believe there are 140 calories for 2 cookies. A nice treat indeed!

Come on readers! Share your favorite treats and ALTERNATIVES!

QUESTION: What are some high-calorie items you rarely ever indulge in because you now know how bad they are for you? What do you eat instead?