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Everyone looks forward to the holiday season filled with cheer, festivities and oh yeah….food. Getting swept up in the parties doesn’t give you the right to wreck the progress you’ve made on your diet (not to mention fitting into your skinny jeans!). So before you add weight loss to your list of new years resolutions read my tips below on what to skip and what to eat in the home stretch of this holiday season!

SKIP IT EAT IT
Spinach Artichoke Dip – Made from sour cream, cream cheese and mayo this “veggie” dip can cost you up to 350 calories when you throw in a few chips Crudités & 2 TBSP of Dip – Veggies are your low calorie friends. Pile them on your plate and then drizzle them with dip for an under 100-calorie snack.
Veggie Knishes – just because they are meat free doesn’t mean they are fat free. This tiny bite of food can pack up to 100 calories and 8 grams of fat each. Endive with Goat Cheese – The endive adds a refreshing crunch while the flavor of creamy goat cheese goes a long way with out a ton of calories. Enjoy this veggie treat for only 45 calories each.
Pigs in a Blanket – a crowd pleaser for sure! Just remember these tiny bites run you 70 calories and 5 grams of fat each! Popping just 4 in your mouth adds 280 calories and 20 grams of fat in minutes. Chicken or Steak Skewers – Enjoy that same meaty flavor without all the sodium and fat. At about ½ an ounce each you’ll get about 40 calories of pure protein, your waistlines best friend.
Cheese Cubes – Sure cheese is carb free but it is by no means calorie free! 100 calories and 8 grams of fat per ounce serving (picture your thumb), tossing back a few cubes will set you back 400 calories and that doesn’t include the crackers! Mixed Nuts – Yes, almost as fatty and calorically dense as cheese (¼ cup will set you back 160 calories and 16 grams of fat) but nuts contain heart protective fats and fiber, which will satisfy your hunger and keep you from noshing all night long. Just watch your portions!
Bite size Desserts – Two bite brownies sound innocent enough but they’ll hit you with 100 calories and 5 grams of fat each! That can add up quick when paired with a cappuccino! Candy Canes – Enjoy this refreshing treat for only 60 calories (6 inch cane). Also, minty flavors in your mouth can alter the flavors of other foods (think brushing your teeth and drinking OJ) so they’ll help with portion control too.