Snacking Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season

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Brian Leatart/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It can be easy to lose count of calories when you’re sipping on eggnog and snacking on other treats during the holidays.  Harley Pasternak, of the new ABC show The Revolution, has healthier versions of your favorite high-calorie treats.  Indulge in these holiday favorites guilt-free:

Tostitos Creamy Spinach Dip: 
One container of the dip has 700 calories and 56 grams of fat, equal to 100 cups of spinach! Try Pasternak’s healthier version instead, which only has 181 calories per serving.  Use cut up vegetables, like baby carrots or red peppers as dippers instead of fried chips.

Starbucks’ Eggnog Latte:  A venti-sized latte has 620 calories and 29 grams of fat. Instead, try Paternak’s healthy eggnog recipe, which has 186 calories and is made with Splenda.  Top with fat-free whipped cream for an additional 10 calories.

Coldstone Creme de Menthe Shake: 
A small “like it” size has 1080 calories and 66 grams of fat, equal to 90 mini candy canes!  To save on calories, make your own minty shake with fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt and four crumbled mini candy canes.  Blend them together for only 140 calories and no fat.

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese:  One box of mac and cheese yields 1000 calories and 39 grams of fat.  Skip the unhealthy version and make Pasternak’s mac and cheese recipe made with whole grain noodles, skim milk, and Laughing Cow cheese for only 379 calories for the entire dish.

Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake:  A nice slice of pumpkin pie cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory has 680 calories and 45 grams of fat.  Instead, try Pasternak’s healthy pumpkin pie for only 180 calories.

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