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10 Ways To Lighten Up Holiday Appetizers!!

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Looking for ways to liven up your holidays and NOT pack on an extra 15 pounds when it's all said and done?

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Luckily, we have Lisa DeFazio here to help us on our way — first up, appetizers!!

Lisa D’s 10 Ways to Lighten Up Holiday Appetizers

1. Cheese is loaded with fat and calories! Choose reduced-fat cheeses in your holiday recipes instead of regular cheese and you'll save around 279 calories and 36 grams of fat per 8-ounce package of shredded cheese (2 cups).

2. Use half real eggs and 1/2 cup egg substitute in your holiday egg recipes instead of all eggs and you'll cut around 90 calories and 10 grams of fat and 500 milligrams cholesterol for every 4 eggs.

3. Use fat-free sour cream in your holiday dips instead of regular sour cream and you'll cut around 450 calories and 95 grams of fat per 16-ounce container.

4. Use light cream cheese instead of regular cream cheese and you'll save around 300 calories and 40 grams of fat per 8-ounce block.

5. Use light turkey sausage or turkey bacon instead of regular sausage and you'll trim around 350 calories and 42 grams of fat per 12-ounce package of sausage (9 ounces cooked).

6. Use light mayonnaise instead of regular mayonnaise OR you can cut even more calories and fat by blending 1/2 cup of light mayonnaise with 1/2 cup of fat-free sour cream for every 1 cup of mayonnaise called for. You'll then trim around 1000 calories and 136 grams of fat for every 1 cup of regular mayonnaise called for!

7. Serve cut up raw veggies such as carrots, jicama, cherry tomatoes, celery and broccoli with dips instead of chips and crackers.

8. Serve a fruit tray with a low fat yogurt dip.

9. Guacamole is a healthy dip containing monounsaturated fat. Serve with Baked tortilla chips and fat free salsa.

10. Serve fat free crackers, breadsticks and whole grain crackers instead of high fat crackers.

Yum — and super simple!

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Lisa’s a leading nutrition expert and a Master’s degree level Registered Dietitian, so be sure to follow her on Twitter, and check out her website for more tips and videos — and if U wanna know more about holiday food OR anything else, U can always email us at Questions@FitPerez.com!!

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