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FOR HEALTHY EATING THIS CHRISTMAS; Great ideas..

Byline: Dr Miriam Stoppard's health focus

If you're hosting a party, make the traditional favourites less calorie-heavy this way:

Make open-top mince pies. Using less pastry cuts down on calories and fat.

Alternatively, use filo pastry, which is thinner and lower in calories than traditional shortcrust or flaky.

Don't wrap sausages in bacon or pastry. Grill, dry-fry or bake them on a wire rack so that the fat drains off.

Don't have dips made with cream or cream cheese. Choose tomato-based dips, instead, such as salsa, or mix some chopped herbs into low-fat yoghurt.

Serve rice cakes, oatcakes or plain popcorn with drinks, instead of the usual crisps and salted nuts.

Some seasonal favourite nibbles do make healthy festive snacks. Satsumas are very high in vitamin C while traditional roasted chestnuts are low in fat.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 24, 2012
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