Easy swaps for lighter holiday treats

December 16, 2014 10:12 AM

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Easy swaps for lighter holiday treats

Classic crab cakes are often filled with fattening fillers and then deep-fried, making them a pretty heavy appetizer. Just one fried crab cake packs about 290 calories and 19 grams of fat - and that’s before the creamy tartar sauce! Instead, have a waist-friendly shrimp cocktail. One serving (5 large shrimp with 2 tablespoons of cocktail sauce) has a mere 45 calories and 0 grams of fat. Shrimp is a great source of lean protein, which makes them both light and filling.

Prime rib may be a holiday favorite, but keep in mind that this cut comes from the fattiest part of the cow. One slice can saddle you with 750 calories and 45 grams of fat – that’s almost half your calories for the whole day. Filet mignon is no less delicious, and it’s a much leaner cut of beef; a 4...

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