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Low-Calorie Holiday Drinks continued...

Makes 4 servings

1 1/2 cups skim milk

1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half

1/2 cup pasteurized egg substitute

1 tsp vanilla

1 packet artificial sweetener

1/4 cup brandy or rum (optional)

Nutmeg (for garnish)

Combine all ingredients in a shaker or blender, or whisk to blend. Serve cold or over ice and garnish with nutmeg.

Per serving (without brandy): 64 calories, 7 g protein, 8 g carbohydrate, 0.5 g fat, 0.3 g saturated fat, 3 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 144 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 7%.

Wine Spritzer

This colorful holiday cocktail is the perfect way to make merry without packing on the pounds. Start with just a splash of wine in lieu of a whole glass and add a dash of healthy pomegranate or cranberry juice, both of which are nutrient-heavy and calorie-light. Finally, throw in a touch of soda or sparkling water for a little pop.

Makes 1 serving

1/2 cup white wine

1/4 cup pomegranate or

cranberry juice

1/4 cup club soda or

sparkling water

Garnish with lime wedge

Per serving: 50 calories, 0.3 g protein, 12 g carbohydrate, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 13 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 0%.

Low-Calorie Appetizers

Crabmeat Spread

A picture-perfect addition to any holiday spread, this crabmeat pomegranate dip is low in calories compared with the typical veggie dip. Light mayo is the only ingredient that adds a few fat calories; otherwise this holiday appetizer is protein-packed and full of flavor.

Makes 16 appetizer servings

8 oz lump crabmeat, drained and shell pieces removed

4 tbsp light mayonnaise

1 tbsp finely chopped green scallion tops or chives

1 tbsp fresh lime or lemon juice

Assorted crudités (red pepper strips, cucumber slices, and carrot sticks)

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

Mix crabmeat with mayonnaise, scallions, and lime juice. Mound crabmeat mixture in the center of a platter and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds. Arrange colorful vegetables around the plate.

Per serving: 26 calories, 3 g protein, 0.4 g carbohydrate, 1.4 g fat, 0.2 g

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