If you've got the spirit, go ahead and celebrate. Some holiday foods can, in fact, leave you healthier and trimmer come Jan. 1. Reach for these:
1 Roasted nuts The healthy fat in about six walnut halves will trigger a chain reaction that slows the rate at which your stomach empties. The result: You'll feel satisfied and less likely to go on an all-night prowl around the dessert station.
2 Chocolate Go for the best stuff you can find, and just a little will satisfy you. Make it as dark as you can take it - the healthiest chocolate contains a higher percentage of cocoa (at least 70 percent) and doesn't contain milk fat or solids.
3 Pomegranates Bursting with flavorful little seeds, a whole fruit weighs in at about 200 calories and holds 11 grams of fill-you-up fiber and 5 grams of protein. If that's not enough, this fruit may decrease blood sugar levels, keep blood pressure down and maybe even fight aging inflammation in your body.
4 Cranberries Mix dried cranberries into your granola or with walnuts or mix into a green salad. You can top fish with fresh cranberry relish, and spread cranberry sauce on a sandwich. In addition to zingy flavor, you'll give yourself a reduced risk of heart disease and maybe protection from cancer.
5 Clementines Bet you can't eat just one of these candy-sweet little fruits. Even better: At 35 calories apiece, there's no need to limit yourself.