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

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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