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Have Fun holidays without gaining weight with Tanya Zuckerbrot

11 December, 2014

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To avoid holiday weight gain and still enjoy party foods and drinks,steer clear of the obvious fat and calorie traps and go for lighter goodies.

At 460 calories per serving avoid nix pigs and go for a lean protein appetizer like chicken/beef kabobs,chicken satay or lean turkey meatballs, which are delicious and have less than 200 calories per serving. Shrimp cocktail is also a great choice because 5 medium-size shrimp with a little cocktail sauce is only 100 calories.If turkey is on the menu, white meat trumps dark meat. It's lower in calories and saturated fat and provides a great source of lean protein.

If you have a choice between regular white potatoes or sweet potatoes, go sweet. They are so tasty that they don't need butter or fatty toppings, plus sweet potatoes have twice as much metabolism-boosting fiber.

Instead of traditional eggnog at 350-450 calories per glass, sip on warm apple cider or a small mug of hot chocolate at about 200 calories each.

The skin on many vegetables and fruits like apples and pears is loaded with nutrients and fiber, which is filling and a known metabolism booster.

For more tips on healthy eating, drinking and losing weight, and for delicious high fiber meal plans and recipes, check out latest book of Tanya Zuckerbrot MS, RD, is a registered dietitian.

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