Harley Pasternak’s Tips for a Healthy Holiday

Dec 21, 2011 9:33am
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The Starbucks Eggnog Latte has 620 calories and 29 grams of fat. Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg/Getty Images

With Christmas around the corner, it’s easy to lose count of calories when you’re sipping on eggnog.  Harley Pasternak, of the new ABC show “The Revolution,” has healthier versions of your favorite high-calorie treats.  Indulge in these holiday favorites guilt-free, so you don’t have to ask Santa for bigger clothes this Christmas.

Tostitos Creamy Spinach Dip

One container of the dip has 700 calories and 56 grams of fat, equal to 100 cups of spinach!

Try Pasternak’s healthier version instead, which only has 181 calories per serving.  Use cut up vegetables, like baby carrots or red peppers to use as dippers instead of fried chips.

 

Starbucks’ Eggnog Latte

A venti-sized latte has 620 calories and 29 grams of fat.  For 620 calories, you could drink over a gallon of coffee mixed with 48 ounces of skim milk.  (We hope you don’t.)

Instead, try Paternak’s healthy eggnog recipe, which has 186 calories and is made with Splenda.  Top with fat-free whipped cream for an additional 10 calories.

 

Coldstone Creme de Menthe Shake

A small “like it” size has 1080 calories and 66 grams of fat, equal to 90 mini candy canes!

To save on calories, make your own minty shake with fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt and four crumbled mini candy canes.  Blend them together for only 140 calories and no fat.

 

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese

One box of mac and cheese yields 1000 calories and 39 grams of fat.  For 1000 calories, you could eat 40 cups of air-popped popcorn.

Skip the unhealthy version and make Pasternak’s mac and cheese recipe made with whole grain noodles, skim milk, and Laughing Cow cheese for only 379 calories for the entire dish.

 

Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

A nice slice of pumpkin pie cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory has 680 calories and 45 grams of fat.  That’s equal to 22 cups of pumpkin!

Instead, try Pasternak’s healthy pumpkin pie for only 180 calories.

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