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Christmas Party Diet Guide

Enjoy all of your upcoming holiday parties without packing on the pounds!

Nutritionist Trish Brimhall shares ways to party-proof your diet this season.

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Chipotle nut and fruit mix Makes about 4 ½ cups (serving 3 Tbsp) " 1/4 cup sugar
" 1 teaspoon salt
" 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
" 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
" 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
" 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
" 1 large egg white
" 1 cup slivered almonds
" 1 cup unsalted cashews
" 1 cup unsalted pumpkinseed kernels
" 1 cup dried, reduced sugar cranberries

Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 325°.
2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.
3. Place egg white in a large bowl; stir with a whisk until foamy. Add the almonds, cashews, and pumpkinseeds; toss well to coat. Sprinkle with spice mixture; toss well to coat. Spread nuts in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 325° for 15 minutes, stirring once. Turn oven off. Remove pan from oven; stir snack mix. Immediately return pan to oven for an additional 15 minutes (leave oven off). Remove pan from oven, stir in dried cranberries and place on a wire rack; cool completely. Store snack mix in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Nutritional Information
Amount per serving
Calories: 115 Fat: 9.7g Saturated fat: 1.4g Monounsaturated fat: 5.8g Polyunsaturated fat: 2g Protein: 4.5g Carbohydrate: 7.3g Fiber: 3g Cholesterol: 0.0mg Iron: 1.1mg Sodium: 175mg Calcium: 23mg

Cranberry Pesto Crostini Makes 24 Crostini
" 1 cup fresh cranberries
" 1 cup prepared or homemade pesto
" Goat Cheese, spreadable, or cream cheese
" Baguette Rounds, toasted 24 each or crackers
" Capers for garnish, if desired
" Pulse pesto and cranberries in food processor.
" Spread 1 teaspoon goat cheese or cream cheese over cracker/baguette and top with 1 tablespoon of the Cranberry pesto mixture.
" Garnish with capers if desired.
" Makes 24 appetizers.

Nutrition Facts
Nutritional Analysis per Serving (1 crostini): Calories 100, 4g Protein, 13g Carbohydrate, 1g Fiber, 5g Fat, 1.5g Sat. Fat, 0g Trans Fat, 5mg Cholesterol, 150mg Sodium

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