Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, says the winter holidays shouldn't be a nightmare for people watching their waistlines.
"Place a super-sized salad bowl filled with fresh leafy greens and colorful veggies at the front of the serving line," Sandon said in a statement. "This will encourage you and your guests to start the meal with a healthful, high fiber, low-calorie appetizer."
Sandon also suggests to:
-- Use broth instead of butter to saute, saving 104 calories per tablespoon of butter.
-- Substitute one-third cup of mayonnaise and one-third cup of non-fat yogurt for two-thirds cup of mayonnaise, saving 480 calories.
-- Use non-fat milk instead of whole milk, saving 60 calories per cup.
-- Use plain non-fat yogurt instead of cream, saving 720 calories per cup.
-- Eat skinless chicken, saving 360 calories per whole bird.