It’s Not All Bad! Here’s How Your Favourite Xmas Treats Add Up Calorie-Wise

We'll be eating the lot guilt-free anyway.

1. Mince pies

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Year-round we never crave them but as soon as the Christmas tree goes up all we want are mince pies with a big dollop of cream. Unfortunately these scrumptious bites of heaven come at a price, with one mince pie amounting to a whopping 250 calories. Eek! Although it’s important to treat yo’self during the holiday season we’ll be limiting ourselves to just one at a time, instead of eating the whole packet in one go. #Guilty.

2. Christmas cake

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Who can say no to granny’s Christmas cake? I mean she spent all of Christmas Eve slaving over it so it’d be rude not to, right? Well, we hate to break it to you but this traditional cake will set you back 365 calories per slice. Meh! Heavy calorie count or not, we’re still eating it.

3. Roast potatoes

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It just wouldn’t be Christmas without some fluffy roasties on your plate and lucky for us they’re not too bad on the calorie front. One 100g serving of roasties is only 149 calories, but if you want to be even healthier, why not try some roasted sweet potatoes instead? They’re only 90 calories per serving and totes delish! We’ll be packing both on to our plate this year…

4. Cranberry sauce


Good news! Cranberry sauce is virtually one of your five a day. Well, kinda. Cranberries are packed full of anti-oxidants and vitamin C and one 45g serving of yummy cranberry sauce comes in at only 35 calories. We’ll be adding a massive dollop to our plates because Christmas dinner just wouldn’t be the same without it.

5. Canapes

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One of our fave things about Christmas is the copious amounts of canapes on offer. Whether it’s a goats cheese tart or a veggie spring roll, we heart them all! But unfortunately they average out at about 57 calories a pop so rather than eating the usual, er, 10 maybe make five your limit for the day.

6. Brussel sprouts

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You either love ’em or you hate ’em but there’s no denying they’re one of the healthiest things on  your Christmas dinner plate. They’re packed full of vitamins, minerals, iron and protein and have only 65 calories per 150g serving, so make sure to pack your plate full of them. They’re ace fried with a little garlic.

7. Turkey

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We all know every day turkey is super good for you, but Christmas turkey with the juicy skin? Not so much. Turkey with the skin is 149 calories for a 90g serving, so, for those of you who are being extra vigilant this Christmas, eat the Turkey without it and you’ll be eating half the calories but all of the protein.

Or y’know, just eat the whole thing and get back on the wagon after Christmas. Simple.

By Laura Somers.