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Pick or pass: How to eat and drink smart during the holidays

To stay healthy during the holidays, you absolutely shouldn't deprive yourself. After all, the holidays are all about enjoying yourself with the people you love and the food you love, too. But that doesn't mean you can't make educated choices about what you put in your body.

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How to watch your waistline at this season's holiday parties

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That's why Joy Bauer is here — to help guide us in our food choices — from appetizers and cocktails to entrees and dessert. So, what should you pick and what should you pass on?

Appetizers

Pick: 3 bruschetta (60 calories)

Pass: 3 mini quiche (310 calories)

Root Vegetable and Feta Bruschetta
Stephanie Izard's Root Vegetable and Feta Bruschetta
Nathan R. Congleton / TODAY
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4 to 6
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Drinks

Pick: 1 festive cup of eggnog (350 calories)

Pass: 1 gingerbread martini (500 calories)

Joy Bauer's Lower-Calorie Eggnog
Low-Fat Eggnog
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Servings:
1 cup
Calories:
175
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Entrees

Pick: Baked glazed ham (240 calories)

Pass: Prime rib (650 calories)

Easy Glazed Ham with Sriracha and Orange Marmalade
Sriracha-Orange Glazed Ham
Grace Parisi / TODAY
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Servings:
10 to 12
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Sides

Pick: Creamed spinach (250 calories)

Pass: Mashed potatoes with gravy (350 calories)

Creamed Spinach with Fried Cheese Curds
Creamed Spinach with Fried Cheese Curds
Nathan Congleton / TODAY
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Servings:
6-8
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Dessert:

Pick: Holiday cookies (200 calories)

Pass: Peppermint Bark (400 calories)

Dylan Dreyer's Aunt Tillie's Christmas Cookies
Dylan Dreyer's Aunt Tillie's Christmas Cookies.TODAY, Dece,ber 7th 2016.
Nathan R. Congleton / TODAY
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