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The Ideal Holiday Meal

How to serve (and savor) a festive, not-too-fattening feast
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A Healthy Holiday Menu

Here's a menu for a perfectly nutritious and delicious holiday meal that's sure to please everyone at your dinner table.

Appetizers:

Dinner:

Dessert:

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10 Strategies for Success

Here are Zied's top 10 tips on how to enjoy the perfect holiday meal:

1. Have a small snack an hour or two before the meal. "If you arrive ravenous, chances are you will dive into the meal and overeat," Zied says. "So take the edge off your appetite with a protein-rich snack, like yogurt or a piece of fruit and a small handful of nuts, or a few cheese cubes on whole-grain crackers."

2. When it's time to sit down to the holiday meal, first load up half your plate with any fruit, salad, or vegetable dishes being served.

3. Start the meal with a hot bowl of broth-based soup. It will help fill your belly for very few calories.

4. Salads that are already dressed can be blotted with a napkin to remove excess dressing.

5. You can enjoy your favorite fattening foods -- just be sure to keep your portions small. Remember that the first few bites taste the best, anyway.

6. Save room for a small portion of dessert. A few bites of pie or cake or a few small cookies make a sweet finale to a perfect holiday meal.

7. Eat slowly and savor each bite. This way, you'll get the taste you're looking for without overdoing it.

8. If you drink alcoholic beverages, alternate them with zero-calorie drinks like water or seltzer with a lemon, lime, or orange slice.

9. Eggnog lovers beware; there are lots of calories in this holiday beverage. Enjoy a small glass of eggnog as your dessert, or dilute it with ice or low-fat milk.

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