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The Worst Holiday Appetizers to Avoid

The Worst Holiday Foods to Eat

We are excited to share one of our fave stories from Fitness Magazine here on FitSugar!

When it comes to party hors d'oeuvres, it's hard to imagine that just a few bite-size morsels could really do some damage to your figure. Yet those oh-so-cute appetizers are packed with some not-so-nice calories and fat. Take a closer look at the top 10 small-yet-deceiving nibbles — you'll be amazed how quickly they can add up.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Spinach and artichokes? No problem. Now for the caloric culprits: After you mix in cream cheese, sour cream, and sometimes even mayo, you end up with 220 calories and 22 grams of fat for a mere dollop (1/4 cup), says Rachel Beller, RD, founder of the Beller Nutritional Institute. Scoop your dip with just five fried tortilla chips and you're coming in at around 307 calories.

Vegetable Egg Rolls
Don't be fooled by the innocent-sounding name. Those vegetables filling the roll are sauteed in oil, tossed in a fatty sauce, and then deep-fried. "You're looking at 150 to 200 calories for just one small egg roll," warns Beller.

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Tuna Tartare
Depending on how it's cooked and what it could be soaked in, this is a classic example of taking something healthy and turning it into a calorie-packed nightmare. "With two small tuna tartare canapes weighing in at a heavy 384 calories and 12 grams of fat, you're better off steering clear of these completely," says Beller. For a healthier choice, take the tuna off the bread, which packs on unwanted calories.

Unfortunately there are more unhealthy appetizers out there. Keep reading to learn what other dishes your should avoid.

Mini Potato Knish
These comforting, cute knishes are a popular appetizer among vegetarians. But one of these tiny turnovers has 100 calories and 8 grams of fat! That's 100 calories for just two bites of food.

Vegetable Quesadilla
Let's break this one down: A 6-inch quesadilla made with 2 flour tortillas, cheddar cheese, and veggies can actually add up to an astounding 586 calories and a disturbing 33 grams of fat! Eat just one quarter of the quesadilla, and that wedge will set you back 146 calories and 11 grams of fat, before you've even moved on to any other appetizers.

Read on for five more holiday foods to avoid this season.

More from FITNESS Magazine:

10 Healthy Holiday Superfoods

25 Ways to Fat-Proof Your Holidays

You Can Do It! The Get Your Best Body Ever Plan

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Blonde-on-a-Mission Blonde-on-a-Mission 5 years
I have never tried spinach dip, and I have no desire to. I can just tell that it's fattening. I will definitely avoid the rest of these apps though!
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 5 years
Oh my gosh, I know that spinach dip is horrifically unhealthy but it is the BOMB. My aunt makes it for every holiday in a pumpernickel bread bowl and it's the first thing to go!!
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