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15 festive stay-slim treats

/ Source: Prevention

Use this guide to help you choose delicious holiday foods that won't wreck your diet. We've included calorie counts — and health rationalizations — so you can decide just how good you want to be.


Good: 5 oz champagne (126*)

Good for pacing yourself--the bubbles encourage you to drink more slowly.

Better: 5 oz red wine (106)

Full of heart-healthy polyphenols, it may also help lower blood pressure.

Best: 1 oz Stoli Blueberi vodka with 8 oz pomegranate-tangerine-flavored Hint water (58)

A daily drink helps fight heart disease.


Good: 1 stuffed mushroom (69)

All mushrooms are packed with antioxidants, but more exotic varieties have even greater benefits.

Better: 1 bacon-wrapped scallop (51)

An excellent source of protein, scallops are also rich in heart-healthy B12.

Best: 1 lg steamed shrimp with 1 tsp cocktail sauce (13)

Shrimp is high in cancer-fighting selenium.


Good: 3 oz skinless chicken breast with 1 Tbsp apricot chutney (165)

Chicken is a low-fat source of B vitamins like B6 and niacin, which help the body convert carbohydrates into energy.

Better: 3 oz turkey breast with 2 Tbsp cranberry sauce (141)

Cranberries contain powerful antioxidants and also fight bacteria.

Best: Lobster tail with a squeeze of lemon (99)

Lobster is high in immunity-boosting zinc.


Good: 1/2 slice pumpkin pie (158)

High in fiber, pumpkins are also a great source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant.

Better: 2" chocolate brownie (112)

The flavonoids in cocoa can help lower blood pressure and improve circulation.

Best: 1 sm sugar cookie (72) or 1 mini chocolate eclair (48)

You can cure an intense craving for sweets with just a little bite or two.

After dinner

Good: Coffee with 2 Tbsp half-and-half and 2 tsp sugar (77)

Coffee is rich in disease-fighting antioxidants.

Better: Coffee with 2 Tbsp 2% milk and 1 tsp sugar (35)

The calcium in milk fights osteoporosis.

Best: Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Holiday Decaf Green Tea with 1Tbsp fat-free milk and 1 tsp sugar (21)

Green tea is rich in antioxidants.

*All calorie counts are estimates.