Healthy Swaps: Holiday Cocktail Party

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, December 13, 2010

cocktail party

Typical holiday cocktail parties are overflowing with alcohol and high calorie foods, but you can be festive while watching your figure. These 5 swaps will save you a whopping 1000 calories at your next shindig.

Instead of: Pigs in a blanket
Choose: Chicken sausage bites or “naked” cocktail franks
The Payoff: Losing the pastry will cut back on the calories and fat by approximately 50 percent. Besides, many of those premade pastry doughs are made with artery-clogging trans fats.

Instead of: Traditional spinach and artichoke dip
Choose: Our lightened-up version
The Payoff: A serious reduction in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium – a holiday gift to your arteries.

Instead of: Heavy and salty fried foods
Choose
: Light and fresh veggies and dip
The Payoff
: Crunch without the salt, fat and calories. Make it extra tasty and satisfying with protein-packed hummus or yogurt dip and the freshest veggies possible. If you’re the host, create a veggie platter that people actually want to dig in to.

Instead of:  Holiday-themed cocktails
Choose: Champagne or Wine
The Payoff: Spiked eggnog and gingerbread martinis can rack up more than 400 calories each! In contrast, 5 ounce servings of wine or bubbly make a festive 120-calorie cocktail.

Instead of: Chocolate cake
Choose: Brownie bites
The Payoff: Scratch your itch for something sweet and chocolaty while saving more than 500 calories.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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