Carb counting your festive favourites

Christmas is a season full of food. Wonderful luscious summer fruit – stone fruit, cherries, mangoes and more! Plus all the treats of traditional Christmas eating – turkey stuffing, Christmas pudding, cakes and fruit mince pies. Be still my beating heart!

I personally try to keep many Christmas foods to Christmas and Boxing Days so they remain extra special, and to ensure I can enjoy them. However, many Christmas foods come in bulk – like Christmas cake – consider freezing these foods in single serve portions sizes for other social occasions.

Here’s a guide to the carb content of some Christmas time foods. I’m not suggesting you should attempt to eat all or any of these, but just in case you choose to…

Remember, though, if your food has a label the nutrition information panel will provide a more accurate guide for your specific choice.


Food Serve size Amount of carbohydrate per serve
Brandy flavoured custard ¼ cup, 70g 12g
Candy cane 1 small, 15g 15g
Christmas dark fruit cake, uniced 1 slice, 90g 47g
Christmas light fruit cake, uniced 1 slice, 80g 43g
Eggnog 1 cup, 265g or 250mL 23g
Gingerbread man 1 average, 35g 24g
Mince pies 1 small pie, 60g 38g
Panettone 1 serve, 50g 27g
Pavlova, not including cream or fruit 1 serve, 13g 11g
Rum balls 1 ball, 24g 12g
Summer pudding 150g 32g
Traditional Christmas pudding 100g 50g
Turkey stuffing 1 heaped tablespoon, 25g 6g
Yorkshire pudding 1, 90g 27g
White Christmas 1 slice, 25g 10g
 Fruit  Serve size Amount of carbohydrate per serve
Apricots 1 large, 60g 4g
Cherries 50g 6g
Grapes 1 cup, 170g 26g
Mango 1 medium, 295g 37g
Nectarines 1 medium, 150g 12g
Peaches 1 medium, 145g 10g

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas, everyone!


By Dale Cooke APD

Keywords: Foodhealthy eating

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