6 Amazing low-cal holiday treats

I have a love/hate relationship with hors d'oeuvres. Love because they're usually bite-size-the perfect portion. Hate because those perfect portions add up quickly if I overdo it. With a little planning, though, it's actually easy to enjoy the festivities without racking up the calories. Start by choosing four or five items and placing them all on a small plate, which tricks your brain into thinking you're eating more food. Keep your party meal around 400 calories to stay satisfied without overeating. Whether you prefer to munch on appetizers, save room for desserts, or spend your time at the bar, here's how to indulge without gaining weight.

Mini Quiches
Your Portion Size: 2 mini spinach and cheese quiches

Total Calories: 102

Stay Slim Tip: A vegetable quiche sounds healthy, but the cheese and dough add fat and calories. Make these last by taking small bites.

Try any of these 16 delicious recipes for easy entertaining.


Sliders

Your Portion Size: 1 beef slider (burger + bun)

Total Calories: 159

Stay Slim Tip: Lettuce and tomato won't add a lot of calories, but even a half slice of cheese can add about 50. Hold the cheese if it's an option.

10 perfect-portion meals


Chocolate Truffle
Your Portion Size: 1 chocolate truffle

Total Calories: 73

Stay Slim Tip: Avoid feeling deprived and food-distracted all evening long-allow yourself one dessert or holiday truffle per event.

Guilt-free chocolate desserts


Sugar Cookies
Your Portion Size: 1 sugar cookie

Total Calories: 72

Stay Slim Tip: These cookies may seem harmless, but sugar in the dough and decorative toppings adds up, so enjoy just one.

Go ahead, indulge in your cooking craving.


Champagne

Your Portion Size: 1 flute of champagne

Total Calories: 91

Stay Slim Tip: Alternate alcoholic drinks with diet-friendly, calorie-free sparkling water to avoid extra calories and dehydration.

Find the right holiday drink for you.


Shrimp Cocktail
Your Portion Size: 10 medium shrimp with 1 Tbsp of cocktail sauce

Total Calories: 67

Stay Slim Tip: Shrimp with cocktail sauce, which is virtually fat-free, offers great taste as well as high levels of protein, iron, and lycopene.

Easy-to-make fish recipes.



More Healthy Eating Tips from Prevention:

Food Flips for Bigger Weight Loss

"Healthy" Foods That Aren't

Shrink Your Belly With Food

Healthy Recipes for Cheese Lovers




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Don't let the holidays ruin your diet. Keep your party meals lower-calorie and satisfying with ideas and recipes from the 400 Calorie Fix!