Tips to Stay Healthy at Holiday Parties

Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains how to enjoy holiday festivities without packing on the pounds.
1:49 | 12/18/12

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Holiday snacks got you down? Are you worried you might pack on a few pounds during the free festivities at the table of food? So many of us are worried about packing on the pounds. But our "secrets to living longer," our jennifer ashton has the secrets on what to avoid and what to go for. Reporter: It's time to party. And while it's the season to be jolly, it doesn't mean you have to gain weight, too. I have holiday traditions to keep from packing on the pounds. First, I workout for peace of mind. I drink lots of water to fill up and hydrate. Once the party starts, I plan to enjoy it. But it takes more than that to make good choices. I invited nutritionist keri glassman to give my guests some pointers to be healthier at their holiday gathering. I'm so happy they have pigs in a blanket and cheese. There's other healthier options. What if you went for a couple shrimp? Reporter: Shrimp are lower in calories, fat and sodium, making them a better choice over pigs in a blanket. I'm so happy this fruitcake's here. Dr. Ashton has a much better option of fruit and gingerbread cookies. Can I have a tiny slice of it? Go for the three bites with some fruit and you'll be great. Reporter: You never have to completely deprive yourself, especially if you eat well the other 364 days of the year. What about this? You can have that. Two cubes there and vegetables. That would be great. I mean the whole thing. Reporter: Two cubes of cheese and a few raw veggies will tide you over until dinner. Good food, sma choices and close friends can go a long way. Happy holidays. Good luck. Pigs in a blanket.

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