The holidays are great and all, what with the seasonal cheer and the sudden appearance all that delicious specialty food. And that’s exactly the problem: Calorie-laden treats like pumpkin pie and turkey stuffing can be a nightmare for the fit guy who spends so many days each year trying to attain a six-pack.
So instead of burying your abs under a mountain of deep-fried chocolate-chip cheesecake, stay slim with these easy-to-make sides. You can munch on them before the big gathering—or keep them with you as emergency snacks.
1. Shrimp with Salsa Bruschetta
Make mini toasts topped with shrimp and salsa. Drizzle with olive oil for some added antioxidants. Salsa has vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber, while the protein-rich shrimp pack selenium, vitamin B12, and phosphorus.
Air-popped, unsalted popcorn plus pistachios is a quick, easy, nutritious option. Just mix 3 cups of popcorn with 1 ounce of pistachios (about 50 nuts) for 9 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber.
3. Mini Chicken Tacos
Use a round cookie cutter to cut up corn tortillas, then top them with roasted chicken, avocado, and salsa. This is a great mix of protein, fat, and flavor.
4. Nutty Dark Chocolate
Mix pistachios with dark chocolate chips (at least 70% cacao) for a snack with micronutrients, minerals, and antioxidants.