Enjoy healthy snacks during the holidays


Snacking seems unavoidable during the holiday season. So if you're going to snack, you might as well try to make healthy choices.

In fact, snacking is actually advisable during the holidays (that is, if you stick to healthy snacks). Before you go to the office party or holiday open house, fill up on a snack and you'll be less likely to over-indulge at the party. Snacking also minimizes the effects of alcohol on your system. Here are some tips on how to help you survive holiday bingeing:

Here are some tips on how to help you survive holiday bingeing:

· Reach for a piece of fresh fruit instead of a piece of candy - it's more satisfying in the long run.
· Pair a piece of fresh fruit with cheese for added protein.
· Cheese and crackers are a good choice, as long as the crackers are whole grain and low in fat.
· Grab a handful of nuts - they're high in fiber and certain types, such as almonds and brazil nuts, are filled with anti-oxidants.

If you're entertaining, here are a few healthy serving suggestions:

· Create a cheese platter with vegetables, fruits, honey and jams
· Pickled vegetables make a colorful,- and very healthy - presentation
· Thinly sliced onions are an excellent complement to blues or pungent double/triple cream cheeses like St. Andre
· Serve a hearty bread with nuts and fruits, like a pecan-raisin loaf or cranberry-walnut bread
· A selection of olives, roasted peppers and tomatoes is a good match for fresh goat's cheeses
· Vitamin-packed strawberries add color and flavor to any platter
· Arrange apple slices with cinnamon and brie
· Serve fresh dates stuffed with goat cheese and walnuts

And remember, at holiday gatherings the focus should be on family and friends.

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