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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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