If you want to fit into that Santa suit, avoid the cookies. Its naturally sweet flavors, no added sugars, and plethora of vitamins makes fresh fruit the dessert of choice. Berries may be the best option, as one cup provides 3 to 4 grams of fiber. And you can even add a little canned whipped cream. A tablespoon has just eight calories and nearly zero of the other macros.
These finger foods can turn your fingers into Vienna sausages if you’re not careful. Start by filling half your plate with crudité before committing to questionable items. Nonfried proteins such as shrimp cocktail and chicken skewersshould make their way onto your plate.
A serving size of most dips is about 2 tbsp, not the weight of a lump of coal. And there’s plenty to choose from: Hummus offers protein and fiber from garbanzo beans and tahini, guacamole serves up healthy fats and is low in sodium, and any Greek-yogurt-based dip has a protein punch.
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Eggnog may offer protein and a large dose of calcium, but the high calories, fat, and sugar content make this the main grinch of your holiday fetes. If you want to imbibe, swap it out with a still festive warm spiced apple cider. It has sugar, but it’s low-calorie and has zero fat. Or try “spiked seltzers,” which are low in sugar and also have no fat. If you must have the eggnog, stick to half a cup and pass on dessert.
Skip the high-calorie and high-fat creamy soups for lower-sodium broth-based ones. Eating a vegetable soup that’s high in fiber before a meal can help stave off hunger, which can help you stick with smaller portions.
This Hanukkah classic is often fried in oil, which adds to your fat consumption. Try baking them, and add sweet potato, carrots, zucchini, and/or squash to the taters for added minerals. Substitute sour cream for plain Greek yogurt.
While there are two varieties of brisket, a beef brisket flat half is the leaner choice. Purchase this cut and slow-cook it without sugary sauces. If you prefer the alternative cut, trim the fat before cooking. Postcooking, remove excess fat once meat is cooled completely. Brisket provides a good amount of protein, but focus on your portion size—stick to palm-size servings, 2 to 3 ounces.