Holidays are times to relax and share stories of the year over the dinner table. Whether you’re hosting the big dinner or arriving as a guest, count on seeing a lot of food that you want to eat at an “I can do this, I can do this” pace. We’ve given you a game plan to beat the belly bulge while showing off your face-stuffing skills. Enjoy your favorite holiday foods—guilt free!
APPLE OR PECAN PIE
Unlike most pies, pumpkin packs fiber. It has two grams per cup and only 323 calories per slice.
SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE W/MARSHMALLOWS
The mashed might pack more fat, given its butter and cream content, but the casserole can sneak in up to six teaspoons of sugar. This will send your insulin soaring and cause fat storage.
HOMEMADE CRANBERRY SAUCE
The store-bought stuff is cheaper and may say “fat-free” on the label, but a half-inch slice of canned sauce has as much sugar as a half can of cola. Make your own and you can halve the sugar content.