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Healthy Holiday Entertaining

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PTQGNTDJCYNV - The air is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and your jeans are getting tighter.  How can you enjoy the holidays without gaining weight? Do some of your holiday favorites actually have some nutritional benefit?

Healthy Dips and Chips

Every party needs some chips and dip. You can use the chips to scoop up more nutrition. Scoop up nutritious beans in this black bean and avocado salsa. Tostitos and Fritos use just 3 simple ingredients: corn, oil, and salt. The oils are healthier oils from sunflower or corn and they have 0 grams trans fat. Tostitos Scoops now have 8 grams whole grain!

Desserts

The calories and fat add up very quickly with desserts. The New Dietary Guidelines are recommending tightening up on saturated fat that raises dietary cholesterol. Using a soft spread like I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter in the place of butter in all of your holiday recipes will reduce saturated fat by 70 percent and it has no hydrogenated oils and therefore no trans fat. It is made from a nutritious blend of oils like canola and soybean oils. Check out these made Snowball Cupcakes using soft spread instead of butter in the cake and the frosting.

Beverages

You can’t have a holiday soiree without some fancy drinks. Who could turn down a pomegranate martini? I love POM Wonderful pomegranate juice. It has more polyphenol antioxidants than red wine, green tea, and even blueberry juice.  Try this fabulous drink: The Lola using POM juice, vodka, St. Germain elderflower liquor, and champagne. YUM!

Whatever you make this holiday season, enjoy the flavors and tastes.  Most importantly enjoy some relaxing time with friends and family

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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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