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    What’s the worst holiday bird for your health?

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    What’s the worst holiday bird for your health?

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    Throwing your turkey in a deep fryer is not the healthiest choice on our list. As you might guess, it has more fat and calories than a traditional, oven-roasted bird. A preseasoned bird also beats a deep-fried gobbler.

     

    No matter how you fix your turkey, you can carve out a healthy serving. Choose white meat, not dark, and pull off the skin.

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    What’s the best choice when you’re craving holiday pie?

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    What’s the best choice when you’re craving holiday pie?

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    Pick pumpkin. Most slices have 200 fewer calories than the same serving of pecan pie. It also packs a heaping helping of vitamin A.

     

    Nuts sound heart-healthy, but pecan pie is also made with corn syrup, sugar, butter, and eggs. You can end up with twice the fat of pumpkin pie.

     

    Apple pie, too, is sweeter than pumpkin -- and has a top crust, so you eat double the flour and butter in the dough.

     

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    Which Christmas treat is the naughtiest?

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    Which Christmas treat is the naughtiest?

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    Gingerbread men are often giants, which makes them naughtier than sugar cookies. The basic ingredients are similar in both recipes: sugar, butter, and flour. So size matters if you're counting calories.

     

    A candy cane has half the calories of most cookies and no fat, but it is all sugar.

     

    Each of these treats -- in a regular size -- has fewer than 100 calories, but it's hard to stop at just one! So when visions of sugarplums dance in your head, go easy on the cookie tray.

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    Which is the healthiest cup of holiday cheer?

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    Which is the healthiest cup of holiday cheer?

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    Choose champagne for a holiday toast that'll go a little easier on your health than the others. Eggnog is loaded with cream, sugar, fat, and calories -- and that's before it's spiked.

     

    Mulled wine can have added sugar, fruit, and spices. The Swedish version, called glogg, also has vodka and brandy.

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    Which is the healthiest way to make stuffing?

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    Which is the healthiest way to make stuffing?

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    Made the old-fashioned way, dressing absorbs fat drippings while it bakes inside the turkey. Cook it on its own to avoid the extra grease.

     

    More ways to spruce up your stuffing recipe: Use low-fat, low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth instead of butter to keep it moist. Try swapping nutty, delicious wild rice for bread. You'll boost the flavor and fiber.

     

    Skip cholesterol-loaded giblets, bacon, and sausage. Instead, opt for lean chicken-apple sausage, nuts, celery, apples, or currants.

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    For a lighter latke, what should you do?

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    For a lighter latke, what should you do?

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    Get crispy, delicious potato latkes by sautéing them in 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil rather than deep-frying.

     

    You can save even more calories if you bake them. Drop the latke mixture on a lightly oiled baking sheet, brush each top lightly with oil, and then bake at 425 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes on each side.

     

    Top your lighter latkes with applesauce and plain, nonfat Greek yogurt rather than sour cream.

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    Which cheese is the best cracker topper?

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    Which cheese is the best cracker topper?

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    If you love the mild taste of brie, you’re in luck. Softer cheeses are usually lower in calories and fat than their firm cousins. The breakdown of calories per ounce:

    • Brie: 95
    • Goat: 103
    • Cheddar: 114

    With any kind of cheese, calories add up fast. Try not to hover around the cheese tray. (Nibble the grapes instead.) 

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    Which retro appetizer is better for you?

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    Which retro appetizer is better for you?

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    Chilled shrimp with cocktail sauce is low in calories and rich in protein. Four large shrimp won't nudge your cholesterol level much, either, with just 46 milligrams. That's well below the 200 milligrams daily limit for people who need to watch their numbers.

     

    Alas, pigs in blankets, a cute name for hot dogs baked in rolls, are stuck in a 1950s idea of nutrition. Though tasty, they're loaded with calories, saturated fats, and salt.

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    How much weight do most people gain over the holidays?

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    How much weight do most people gain over the holidays?

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    On average, people gain 1 to 2 pounds from fall to spring, mainly during the feasting weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

     

    That may not sound like much. But if you don't lose it by spring, it can hang around until the next holiday season, and those pounds add up over time. To fight holiday spread, aim to maintain instead of gain. Get more exercise when you know you'll be indulging in seasonal treats.

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    Which party munchy can you enjoy with the least guilt?

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    Which party munchy can you enjoy with the least guilt?

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    You'll get whole-grain fiber at just 64 calories per cup with microwave popcorn. If it's air-popped, you cut the calories in half.

     

    Keep your hands off the cheese straws! They have the most calories, 160 in eight pieces, and the most fat. Pretzels are better, at 108 calories a cup and less fat.

     

    Don'tswipe popcorn balls off the tree -- that low-cal popcorn is stuck together with butter, corn syrup, or marshmallows.

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    Which is the leanest potato dish for your holiday table?

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    Which is the leanest potato dish for your holiday table?

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    Even with a pat of butter, a baked potato has fewer calories and less fat than a cup of cheesy scalloped or buttery mashed spuds.

     

    If you can't live without mashed potatoes, you can cut the fat by subbing skim milk for cream. Choose butter or gravy, not both. Butter has 36 calories a pat, while canned gravy is about 8 calories per tablespoon. Homemade gravy from pan drippings has a much higher calorie count.

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