Guilt-Free Eating Tips for the Holiday Season

ABC News' Health and Wellness Editor Dave Zinczenko shares what to skip and what to eat at holiday buffets.
3:38 | 12/24/15

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And we are a week away from making new year's resolutions, one of the most popular one, of course, is losing weight and this is the time of year when many of us do a lot of grazing at holiday party -- Grazing, is that what we call it. I'm not really eating. Tips on guilt-free grazing, Dave zinczenko, man, it's the holidays. Ki just drink copious amounts of wine and go with the salt and the ham and the fat, just one day. You're not going to do that here. The average Christmas day is 7,000 calories. I'm not going to grinch it up but we're going to have a lot of healthy indulgences. Appetizers. Starting with shrimp. This is the number one shrimp and prosciutto wrapped melon balances. Here's the thing, just one of these, this is so much protein, it's just ten calories so you could have a dozen of these or you could have one fatty pig in a blanket. The protein will fill you up. The prosciutto wrapped melon ball is fantastic because you're getting the Italian ham but it's packed with vitamin C and in-laws talk politics, this helps bust stress. Pass me another melon ball. You threw some ham in there. These are 25 calories each so either could eat nine of these or three little like Swedish meatballs. Main course. What we got? Right here. Ah. Okay. Okay. We're going with the ham. This is just 106 calories per serving and 85 of those calories is protein. This little piggy will not go to your waistline, okay. Right here and, again, you're getting protein which is going to help fill you up without filling you out so that you have -- So far so good. I was a little skeptical. I kind of like what we're doing. We got another one. So these are the sides. We've got Brussels sprouts, the great thing about Brussel sprout, 38 calories per cup, zero fat. Zero fat. Which means that you can then bring the decadent add-ons like maple syrup and sizzling bacon and you're still only at 180 calories. Even with the bacon. Even with the bacon and the maple syrup. You know, T.J., don't just go for the bacon. Go for the vegetable too. Don't get me started on mashed potatoes. It could be cream, it could be cheese. Here the parmesan roasted potatoes. What's great, you know what you're getting. It's fresh slices, it's finally grated cheese, olive oil, heart healthy. If you haven't created menus think about the roasted potatoes instead of the more traditional mash. All coming under 1,000 calories. Including -- Including the coconut cream pie. Come on, man. 240 calories per slice. And it's an egg based filling. We use meringue instead of flipped cream and it's just a great way to -- One plate. One plate. I start at that end and make it to this end. How many calories. 900. Come on. As opposed to 7,000 calories. Here's a tip. Use that handy device called a plate and a height restriction is in effect. Right. If you fill that plate that's it. That's it. Because people who don't use plates eat 100% more when they park themselves in front of the food table. I was skeptical but you brought me around here. Well, coming up here what Santa

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