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Are you a carb and calorie counter, hoping to keep off the pounds this holiday season? Try these leaner versions of holiday favorites and you won't need to make another New Year's resolution to lose weight.

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Appetizers
Peeled cucumbers make a festive vessel for a bite-sized dollop of hummus. Fill up on a broth-based seasonal soup for a nutritional powerhouse in a bowl.
  • Holiday Cucumber Cups
  • Winter Squash Soup
  • Lean Main Dish

    While roast turkey is always a healthy holiday option, pork is also lower in fat and calories than roast beef. Dressed with Granny Smith apples and flavored with a brown mustard and maple syrup glaze, this succulent dish offers a perfect combination of holiday flavors. Substitute a pork loin roast for the cutlets for a more impressive table presentation.
  • Maple-glazed Pork with Apples
  • Slim Side Dishes

    Potatoes
    Egg whites and a drizzle of canola oil coat these Oven-Baked Potato Wedges to make a crunchy, low fat option to buttery mashed potatoes. Armadillo Potatoes offer the tang of a parmesan and bread crumb coating and the kid appeal of their roly-poly shape.
  • Oven-Baked Potato Wedges
  • Armadillo Potatoes


  • Very Tasty Vegetables
    The more veggie dishes the merrier on any healthy holiday table. Not only will you fill up on them first, they'll also lend a rainbow of nutrition-packed color to your Christmas meal. Roasting root vegetables with a brushing of olive oil makes the seasonal favorite a healthy choice, while a crunchy succotash braised in a light chicken broth is both high in fiber and low in fat. Just a hint of brown sugar and butter add a rich sweet glaze to a nutrition-packed favorite.
  • Roasted Winter Vegetables
  • Succulent Succotash
  • Candied Carrot Coins
  • Healthier Desserts

    Don't deprive yourself of a sweet treat following your healthy holiday meal, just scale back. These Mini Pumpkin Tarts are perfect for portion control, while Meringue Snowflakes are fat-free and light as air. This sweet and tangy fruit crisp not only calls for less flour and butter than a typical pie crust, but also adds oatmeal for a nutty hint of fiber and crunch.
  • Mini Pumpkin Tarts
  • Meringue Snowflakes
  • The Ultimate Pear Crisp
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