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Hungry Girl Today: 12.24.09

The holidays are HERE. Get through the next week without resorting to

Scrooge-like, no-cookies, no-fun, "Bah! Humbug!" behavior. You can do it.

We've got some tips to get you from now through New Year's...

Five Crucial Holiday Party Strategies

1. Write it down. Whether it's on a cocktail napkin or later in a notebook, the

mere thought of scribbling "25 Hershey's Kisses and 11 bacon-wrapped

shrimp" is enough to help us make better decisions.

2. Make exercising earlier in the day a priority. Then you'll have a little

wiggle room to indulge in small amounts of your favorite holiday foods. Even

if you don't usually exercise, think about it -- you don't usually eat chocolate

Santas and frosted sugar cookies either.

3. Eat a light snack before you go. That way you won't feel quite so tied to

the hors d'oeuvre table, and you'll be free to mingle without hunger pangs.

4. Take it all in with your eyes before you pounce. Look closely at what's

being offered -- then pick out a couple of your favorite high-calorie options

and have a small serving of each. Fill up on lighter stuff, like veggie sticks

with salsa and shrimp cocktail.

5. Watch those drinks! Many holiday sips -- especially creamy, spiked ones --

can easily pack in 500 calories per glass! Better choices? A small glass of

wine, a flute of champagne, or a mixed drink made with one shot of alcohol

and a no-calorie mixer like seltzer or diet soda. And drink LOTS of water!

How Many Calories Are YOU Burning This Season?

We visited the Fitness Partner website to calculate how many calories a 160-

lb. person could burn doing some super-common holiday-time activities.

(Click here to figure out the exact numbers for your body weight!)

Spending all your time cleaning in preparation for houseguests, party-goers,

and annoying neighbors who just want to re-gift a fruitcake? Half an hour of

general house cleaning burns about 110 calories, and the same amount of

time spent vacuuming burns around 130 cals. And if you have trouble

convincing yourself to shovel the driveway, know that a half-hour of that will

burn about 220 calories. (Don't forget your snow boots!)

Running around prepping a meal? Food shopping will burn about 85 calories

in half an hour. And once you get home, moving around the kitchen and

cooking will burn around 140 calories an hour. Yet another reason to do the

work yourself.

Got a house of buzzing kids "full of holiday cheer"? (Read: "fueled by hot

cocoa, marshmallows, and cookies.") Consider this: A half-hour of high-

energy playing with the kids will burn about 180 calories, the same amount

as a half-hour of low-impact aerobics. Going sledding or ice skating for 30

minutes burns the same 255 calories or so as 30 minutes of moderate

cycling on a stationary bike. Reading, watching TV, or sleeping, however,

won't burn more than about 35 calories per half-hour. You decide...

Swaps for Your Holiday Faves...

Bacon-Bundled BBQ Shrimp - You know how we mentioned bacon-wrapped

shrimp before? Eat these without fear.

The Big Apple French Toast Casserole - Make this for the family in the

morning, and you'll have a happy household all day long.

Snack-tastic Holiday Mix - Let auld Chex Mix be forgot and never brought to

mind once you taste this stuff.

Crazy-Creamy Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms - Expect a LOT more party invites

once you show up with a tray of these...

Miracle Mashies - If fluffy spuds are a family staple, try this no-guilt version.


Pumpkin-licious Nog - Your relatives will be BEGGING for the recipe. (Give it

to them. 'Tis the season.)

Crazy-Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip - Guests will LOVE this (aptly named)

crazy-creamy dip!

Winter Wonderland Peppermintini - This frosty white cocktail ROCKS!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge - Prepare to find yourself under the mistletoe

a few times if you make this fudgy treat...

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page and by following HG's Lisa on Twitter. Have a safe, happy, and

AWESOME holiday season. XOXO -- Lisa & the HG Team :)

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