Calories at the Christmas market

The Christmas market season with all its temptations: fragrant roasted almonds, fresh lard pastries and hot, steaming  mulled wine . Visiting the Christmas market with friends and colleagues lifts the spirits in the dark season and increases the anticipation of the festival. But most specialties at the Christmas market contain a lot of sugar and fat and unfortunately rule out feasting without regrets. So that not every bite ends up on your hips, there are many tips on how to avoid the worst sins.

Christmas calories at a glance

At the Christmas market, delicacies not only compete for the favor of customers, but also for first place on the calorie table:

  • The 200 gram gingerbread heart decorated with colorful sugar lettering   is at the top with 860 calories, followed by the classic  roasted almonds . Even a small 100 gram bag contains 513 calories.
  • A large  bratwurst  (200 grams) has around 600 calories.
  • Alcohol is also substantial: a mug of mulled  wine  with rum, for example, contains 230 calories. Those who hold back a little when drinking not only pay attention to their health and figure, but also avoid the risk of attracting attention due to excessive alcohol consumption.

Christmas market: calories and fat content

In addition to the number of calories, visitors to the Christmas market should also pay attention to the fat content of the specialities. One third of  bratwurst  and  one quarter of marzipan is fat. When  it comes to chocolate  , the lower the cocoa content, the fatter it is. Chocolate fans should therefore prefer varieties with at least 70 percent cocoa.

Nuts  contain up to 70 percent fat. However, they are still healthy because they are rich in vitamins and contain an exceptionally large number of minerals and trace elements such as  potassium , magnesium, iron or  zinc  . Eating small amounts regularly is good for the heart, brain and nerves.

Low-calorie at the Christmas market

Hanna-Kathrin Kraaibeek, qualified ecotrophologist and nutritionist at DAK, knows how to cleverly feast at the Christmas market: “No one has to go without all the delicacies in the run-up to Christmas,” explains the expert. “Anyone who eats in moderation and replaces the worst sins with lower-calorie variants stays slim and feels good even after visiting the Christmas market.”

Hot  chestnuts,  for example, are low in fat and calories and taste delicious. Compared to a 200 gram bag of almonds, you save over 600 calories with the same amount of chestnuts.

Anyone who ignores the bratwurst and instead turns to the  Burgundy ham  is eating a comparatively low-fat diet. And instead of the calorie bombs of mulled wine with a shot or hot cocoa with rum, a non-alcoholic fruit punch also tastes great on cold winter evenings.

Healthy spices

In addition to sugar and fat, Christmas specialties also contain healthy ingredients: fragrant, tasty spices, for example. “The typical Christmas spices are  cinnamonvanillaginger , anise and  cardamom ,” explains Kraaibeek. “They not only ensure a fine taste, but also promote well-being.”

On the one hand, they improve mood because they  have a positive effect on serotonin levels  . On the other hand, spices trigger feelings of happiness through their sense of smell through their essential oils – just the right thing for the dark winter months. They are also good for the stomach and digestion, making fatty foods easier to digest.

Shared happiness is double happiness

Anyone who goes to the Christmas market with friends or colleagues will have more fun and at the same time be able to keep their figure slim. A friendly shared bag of lard tastes twice as good and guarantees moderate enjoyment. In addition, you have the opportunity to try different specialties without eating too much.

Extra round for the slim line

If you have gone too far despite all your good intentions, you should compensate for the gluttony with lots of exercise. The best thing to do after visiting the Christmas market is to do without the car or public transport and walk home or do an extra lap through the park the next day.

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