The Christmas market season with all its temptations: Fragrant roasted almonds, fresh lard and hot steaming mulled wine. Christmas market visits with friends and colleagues raise the mood in the dark season and increase the anticipation of the festival. But most specialties at the Christmas market contain a lot of sugar and fat and unfortunately exclude feasting without regrets. So that not every bite lands on the hips, there are many tips on how to handle the worst sins.
Christmas calories at a glance
On the Christmas market, the culinary delights compete not only for the favor of customers, but also for the first place on the calorie table:
- The 200 gram, decorated with colorful sugar gingerbread heart is with 860 calories in the lead, followed by the classic roasted almonds. Even a small 100 gram bag contains 513 calories.
- A large bratwurst (200 grams) beats at around 600 calories.
- Alcohol is also rich: a mug of mulled wine with rum, for example, contains 230 calories. Anyone who holds back while drinking something, not only looks after health and figure, but also avoids the risk of being attracted by excessive consumption of alcohol unpleasant.
Christmas market: calories and fat content
In addition to the calorie count, Christmas market visitors should also pay attention to the fat content of the specialties. A sausage consists of one-third, marzipan to a quarter of fat. For chocolate, the lower the cocoa content, the richer. Chocolate fans should therefore prefer varieties with at least 70 percent cocoa content.
Nuts have up to 70 percent fat. But they are still healthy because they are rich in vitamins and contain an extraordinary amount of minerals and trace elements such as potassium, magnesium, iron or zinc. If you regularly eat small quantities, your heart, brain and nerves are doing something good.
Low-calorie at the Christmas market
Hanna-Kathrin Kraaibeek, graduate ecotrophologist and nutrition scientist at DAK knows how to feast on the Christmas market: "Nobody has to do without all treats in the run up to Christmas, " explains the expert. "Those who enjoy in moderation and replace the worst sins with calorie-reduced variants, stay slim and feel good even after the Christmas market visit."
For example, hot chestnuts are low in fat and low in calories and taste delicious. Compared to a 200 gram bag of almonds, you can save over 600 calories with the same amount of chestnuts.
Anyone who leaves the bratwurst on the left side and turns instead to the Burgundian ham, feeds relatively low in fat. And in place of the calorie bombs mulled wine with shot or hot cocoa with rum also tastes a fruit punch without alcohol on cold winter evenings.
In addition to sugar and fat, Christmas specialties also contain healthy ingredients: fragrant, tasty spices, for example. "The typical Christmas spices are cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, anise and cardamom, " explains Kraaibeek. "They not only provide a fine taste, but also promote well-being."
For one thing, they improve mood because they have a positive effect on serotonin levels. On the other hand, spices trigger feelings of happiness through their essential oils via their sense of smell - just the thing for the dark winter months. They are also good for stomach and digestion, so fatty foods are so wholesome.
Shared happiness is double happiness
Anyone who goes to the Christmas market with friends or colleagues has more fun and at the same time can pay attention to the slim line. A nicely divided bag of lard biscuits tastes twice as good and guarantees moderate enjoyment. You also have the opportunity to try different specialties without overeating.
Extra round for the slim line
Who has struck in spite of all good intentions about the strands, the gluttony should compensate for a lot of movement. Best to do without a car or public transport after the Christmas market visit and go home or make an extra tour through the park the next day.