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The average holiday meal has enough calories for an entire day. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Football parties, New Year's Eve, the Super Bowl – all are events filled with opportunities to overstuff and overindulge.

There is a myth however, regarding the amount of weight gain one experiences during the holidays. Most think it is five to 10 pounds, when it is actually only about two pounds. The problem actually comes when those pounds aren’t lost, and then the next holiday comes, another two pounds are added, and so on and so on. Before one realizes it, 20 pounds have been added to the mid-section, hips and thighs.

Surprisingly, though, some of the healthiest foods are also holiday staples so they do not have to be a disaster for one’s diet and well-being.

The following foods are holiday all-stars:

  • Turkey breast is an excellent source of lean protein.
  • Cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and phytonutrients.
  • Sweet potatoes contain a lot of vitamins and fiber.
  • Shrimp contains a lot of protein and are very low in fat.
  • Almonds contain protein and fat, which control blood sugar and appetite.

Those are just some of the foods that provide a nutrient boost while enjoying the time of year. The key is moderation and paying attention to how foods are prepared.

"The average person gains around 2 pounds during the holiday season."

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