Enjoy Your Christmas Treats for Fewer Calories

Enjoy Your Christmas Treats for Fewer Calories

Tasty calories tempt us from all directions at Christmas. A minefield for people trying to lose weight or minimise weight gain over the festive season. As the saying goes, ‘I can resist anything but temptation’.   

So how do you have a very Merry without piling on the pounds or being a party pooper?

To help with damage limitation, we went shopping at six major supermarkets to look for the calorie highs and lows of popular Christmas sweet treats.

We looked at calories in mince pies, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, Yule logs, Pannetone and Stollen.

We have used the recommended serving sizes as stated by the manufacturer. However, there is nothing stopping you having a smaller portion to save a few more calories.

Mince Pies

If you're partial to a mince pie (or few) over the festive season, you could be adding quite a few extra calories. Luckily most of the big supermarkets have see the light and now most offer mini mince pies. We think this is a geat idea - so long as you stop at one!

  Instead of this... Try this...
Tesco

Finest Mince Pies
260 calories per pie

WLR RECOMMENDS!

Finest MINI Mince Pies
81 calories per pie

Sainsburys

Deep Filled Mince Pies
262 calories per pie

All Butter Mini Mince Pies, Taste the Difference
104 calories per pie

Asda

Extra Special All-Butter Pastry Mince Pies
278 calories per pie

Baker's Selection Mince Pies
226 calories per pie

Morrisons

The Best Mince Pies
263 calories per pie

The Best MINI Mince Pies
127 calories per pie

Waitrose

Shortcrust Mince Pies
262 calories per pie

Mini All Butter Mince Pies
111 calories per pie

Aldi

Holly Lane Deep Fill Mince Pie
265 calories per pie

All Butter Cognac Laced Mince Pies
240 calories per pie

Mr Kipling

Deep Filled Mince Pies
229 calories per pie

Iced Top Mince Pies
219 calories per pie

If you stop for a coffee, take care - Costa’s Mince Tart will set you back 390 cals! It is a bit of a beast at 103g, so you could share one with a friend for 195 calories each instead.

 

Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake is heavy on the calories. So, if you want to have your cake and eat it, what can you do? You could try having a smaller portion than recommended on the pack. After all it is the first few bites that taste the best, especially when you're eating cakes and puddings. Or have a look at alternatives to a big single cake. Bars, slices and bites all help keep portions in check.

  Instead of this... Try this...
Tesco

Finest Mini Iced Christmas Cake
274 calories per cake

Finest Rich Christmas Cake
183 calories per slice

Sainsburys

Star Garland Iced Christmas Cake, Taste the Difference
324 calories per slice

Iced Rich Christmas Cake, Taste the Difference
242 calories per slice

Asda

Baker's Selection Full Iced Christmas Cake
284 calories per slice

Baker's Selection Iced Christmas Bar
233 calories per slice

Morrisons

The Best Hand Decorated Fully Iced Christmas Cake
264 calories per slice

Rich Fruit Christmas Cake Slices
165 calories per slice

Waitrose

Christmas Iced Christmas Cake
278 calories per slice

WLR RECOMMENDS!

Christmas Iced Fruit Cake Bites
56 calories per bite

Aldi

Luxury Christmas Cake, Specially Selected
288 calories per slice

Iced Fruit Christmas Cake, Specially Selected
234 calories per slice

Or, try making your own with wlr's Lower Calorie Christmas Cake recipe

 

Christmas Puddings

Christmas pud is normally very high in calories because of the alcohol and richness. The wlr foodies were surprised that, in many cases, the luxury range puddings fared better than the others. Individual puddings were lower in calories than a recommended serving of their larger counterparts. There are also a couple of supermarkets now offering healthier options too. Here's our findings...

  Instead of this... Try this...
Tesco

Classic Christmas Pudding
364 calories per serving

Finest Individual Christmas Pudding
300 calories per pudding

Sainsburys

Luxury Fruit & Nut Christmas Pudding
358 calories per serving

WLR RECOMMENDS!

Christmas Pudding Six Month Matured, Be Good To Yourself
275 calories per pudding

Asda

Extra Special 9 Month Matured Luxury Christmas Pudding
370 calories per serving

Individual Extra Special 9 Month Matured Luxury Christmas Pudding
325 calories per pudding

Morrisons

The Best 6 Month Mature Christmas Pudding
360 calories per serving

M NuMe Individual Christmas Pudding
287 calories per serving

Waitrose

Duchy Originals Organic Christmas Pudding
330 calories per serving

12 Month Matured Christmas Pudding
309 calories per pudding

Aldi

Luxury Champagne Christmas Pudding
346 calories per serving

Luxury Vintage Hand Crafted Christmas Pudding
334 calories per serving

Or try making your own using wlr's Low Calorie Christmas Pudding Recipe with just 219 calories per portion.

There’s also Heston’s Christmas Pudding Flavour Ice Cream that has just 171 calories per 100g, available from Waitrose.

 

Yule Log

If your Christmas tea table isn’t complete without a Yule Log, you may want to keep a close eye on your serving size. Have a slice of Tesco’s Finest Belgian Chocolate Yule Log and yule be adding 274 calories to your day... But it sure looks good! In the wlr office we're all eagerly awaiting the arrival of Aldi's rather appealing Yule Log Cake (calories yet to be discovered).

  Instead of this... Try this...
Tesco

Finest Belgian Chocolate Yule Log
274 calories per slice

Chocolate Yule Log
123 calories per slice

Asda

Extra Special Hand Finished Belgian Chocolate Frosted Yule Log
271 calories per slice

 

Christmas Yule Log
180 calories per slice

Morrisons

The Best Chocolate Fudge Yule Log
273 calories per slice

WLR RECOMMENDS!
Try a smaller slice!

Aldi

WOW! Look at this one - details coming soon,,,

 

If you're stopping for a quick coffee and cake, be warned Costa's Yule Log Muffin weighs in at a whopping 433 calories! If you do fancy a splurge, maybe share with a friend for 217 calories each.

 

Stollen

A slice of Stollen can add a massive 399 calories (Kuchenmeister Marzipan Stolen). If you're looking for an easy way to keep on track but still have a little of what you fancy opt for Stollen bites and have one or two. (Maybe, just the one if you shop in Asda!)

  Instead of this... Try this...
Tesco

Finest Cherry and Almond Stollen
268 calories per slice

WLR RECOMMENDS!

Finest Stollen Bites
68 calories per bite

Sainsbury's

Fruit & Nut Topped Stollen, Taste the Difference
269 calories per slice

Stollen Bites
72 calories per bite

Asda

Kuchenmeister Luxury Marzipan Stollen
399 calories per slice

Kuchenmeister Stollen Bites
196 calories per bite

Morrisons

Stollen Cake Slices
185 calories per slice

Morrisons don't currently offer Stollen Bites in their Christmas range - try cutting the slices into 2 or 3 bite sized pieces instead!
Waitrose

Christmas Stollen
183 calories per slice

Christmas Stollen Bites
71 calories per bite

Aldi
Holly Lane Marzipan Stollen Bites
111 calories per bite

Luxury Stollen Bites with Jamaican Rum
92 calories per bite

 

Panettone

Unlike Christmas Pudding, indvidual or single serving Panettone actually have MORE calories per serving than their larger counterpart. A Mini Panettone from Asda is a shocking 400 calories per cake! (Obviously, you could just eat half the mini one and halve the calories too).

  Instead of this... Try this...
Tesco

Finest Amaretto Panettone
345 calories per slice

WLR RECOMMENDS!

Panettone
161 calories per slice

Sainsbury's

Mini Panettone
376 calories per cake

 

Panettone
227 calories per slice

Asda

Granducale Con Gocce di Cioccolato Panettone
405 calories per cake

Granducale Con Gocce di Cioccolato Panettone
251 calories per slice

Waitrose

Classic Panettone
322 calories per slice

Christmas Panettone
303 calories per slice

Aldi 

Panettone
367 calories per slice

Prosecco Panettone, Specially Selected
346 calories per slice

 

If you are trying to watch the calories this Christmas, introduce some of our swaps and you can still have some of the lovely treats without seriously breaking the calorie bank!

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