9 guilt-free ways to enjoy holiday party food

KUSA – It's the season for stuffing your face.

Between holiday office parties, gatherings with friends and New Year's Eve celebration, there are a lot of extra calories that will enter your system during the last month of the year.

Marsha Miller, a CU-Anschutz Health and Wellness dietician, has these 9 tips for avoiding superfluous holiday calories:

1-Plan ahead: whether you're a guest or a host, never go to a party hungry, fill up on a healthy snack beforehand.

2- Stick with your routine: the holidays aren't an excuse not to exercise, fit your workout in before the party.

3-Location, location, location: avoid temptation, step away from the food tables.

4-Fool the guests: serve up a slimmed down recipe that looks good, tastes great and has everyone guessing at your secret.

5-Lighter beverages: Sparkling Black Berry Spritzer is a festive non-alcoholic choice, or add a little splash of rum.

6-Cut out the chips: Bistro Elaia Spiced Almonds provide a crunch plus an extra flavor boost.

7-Cut out the crackers: Holiday Salad Quinoa Canapéincludes fresh mint, nuts and cranberries all served up on a refreshing slice of cucumber.

8-Lean protein: Roasted Flank Steak Roulade uses a leaner cut of beef and still bursts with rich flavor.

9-Desserts are a must: Meyer Lemon Mousse with Raspberrykeeps the holidays sweet with honey and stevia.

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