Holiday Party Foods

Know what your getting into when it comes to holiday parties. Here are some notes on popular holiday snacks.

Poached salmon: (A 3-ounce serving) 150 calories. It also supplies healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
•Two stuffed mushrooms: (With with bread crumbs, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese plus olive oil) 150 calories. You also get some some vitamin D and fiber.
•Two big chocolate-covered strawberries: About 60 calories each. You get the antioxidant benefits of the berries and the chocolate, especially if it's dark chocolate.
•A handful (23) of almonds: 170 calories loaded with fiber, protein and healthy fat.  Eat them one by one and enjoy the crunch.
•A cup of crunchy of vegetables: (Broccoli, carrots, cauliflower) with four tablespoons of hummus, only 100 calories for this fiber-rich dish.
•Two cubes of cheese and four whole grain crackers: 150 calories with some calcium for your bones.
•A glass of red wine: 80 calories for 4 ounces, and research indicates it may be good for your heart.
•The veggie tray: A cup of veggies with two tablespoons of ranch dressing has only 140 calories and is loaded with fiber and disease-fighting antioxidants. Go right to the veggie tray first to help you feel full faster.
•Four boiled shrimp with two tablespoons of cocktail sauce: 55 calories. This hunger-squashing protein may help keep you away from the high-calorie dessert buffet.
•Two chicken skewers with a small amount of peanut dipping sauce: 100 calories. This low-calorie dish can provide the perfect amount of lean protein for an evening.

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