Monday, December 20, 2010

Holiday Drinks Can Be Fattening

Loyola Dietitian Offers Tips to Lower Calorie Counts

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Some of the most popular holiday drinks are loaded with calories. But there are simple ways to limit the damage. Here are some tips on how to enjoy five popular holiday drinks, according Brooke Schantz, a Loyola University Health System registered dietitian. • Eggnog (8 oz.) Calories: 343. Total fat: 19 g. Healthy solution: Buy a reduced-fat version or make your own eggnog using egg whites. • Hot Chocolate (12 oz., with whole milk and whipped cream). Calories: 310. Total fat: 16 g. Healthy solution: Use non-fat milk and skip the whipped cream and marshmallows. • Peppermint Mocha (16 oz., with 2 percent milk and whipped cream). Calories: 400. Total fat: 15 g. Healthy solution: Add 1 tablespoon of Coffee-mate seasonal flavor peppermint mocha to your cup of joe instead. • Pumpkin Spice Latte (16 oz., with 2 percent milk and whipped cream). Calories: 380. Total fat: 13 g. Healthy solution: Order a smaller size and sip slowly. • Champagne (8 oz.). 156 calories. Toast in the New Year in moderation. The more you drink, the higher the calorie count, and the more likely you will be to overindulge in food. "It's OK to treat yourself to your favorite holiday drink," Schantz said. "But try to do it in a way that won't bust your waistline."

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.