Vegetable crudites on a platter.

Vegetable crudites on a platter.

Even if you are used to counting your carbs and calories and try to avoid sugar, sodium and unhealthy fats, ‘tis the season’ to succumb to temptation. The holidays are definitely a challenge for dieters, diabetics and those trying to stick to a healthier diet because so many of the foods are traditional comfort foods that trigger nostalgia and emotional eating. If complete abstinence from the goodies that are often laid out as part a holiday spread, there are some ways that you can make better choices so that the act of socializing at the buffet is not synonymous with “wrecking your health.”

#1 Choose the lighter cheese and skip the cracker. You might love brie but a single ounce has nearly 100 calories and 8 grams of fat. The same goes for Havarti, cheddar and blue cheese. To save your waistline, stick to feta cheese and soft goat cheeses and spread it on melba toasts and raw vegetables, rather than crackers.

#2  Stick to raw finger foods and stay away from deep fried ones. Avoid greasy finger foods, such as deep-fried spring roll at 220 calories each and instead, go for raw shrimp with sauce at 8 calories each. Another good choice is chicken satay skewers, which are 90 calories each and contain a lot of protein, good for sustaining your energy if you choose to drink. Most parties nowadays have a tray of crudites consisting of red pepper slices, pea, cherry tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, and celery. Usually, this is served with a dip, that may be high in calories if it has a cream base such as yogurt or sour cream. It is better to choose the hummus if you want to top your crudite with a dip.

#3 Choose cookies, instead of cakes. Christmas cakes and bars can be loaded with calories and fat with a one-ounce cheesecake bar being about 250 calories and 16 grams of at. Instead, have a one once piece of peppermint bark at 75 calories and 3 grams of fat, a gingerbread man at 79 calories and 3 grams of fat or a thumbprint cooking at 102 calories and 6 grams of fat.

#4 If there is pie on the table, choose pumpkin or lemon meringue over apple or pecan. A slice of pie that is one-sixth of the pie is going to be at least 300 calories no matter what. Pumpin pie without whipped cream is 310 calories with 10 grams of fat. Lemon meringue pie is the next best choice at 365 calories and 18 grams of fat. The worst choices ar the fruit pies, weigh in at 411 calories and19 grams of fat and pecan pie which 505 calories plus 27 grams of at.

#5 Skip the eggnog and have a diet vodka and cranberry or glass of red wine instead. Six ounces of traditional egg nog made with cream, rum and eggs be 350 – 400 calories, whereas six ounces of a vodka and diet cranberry or a glass of o dry red wine are 100 calories each and have less sugar and carbs. Another good choice is champagne, which I 91 calories or a light beer which is 103 calories.

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