Published: Nov 17, 2011 4:59 PM EST
Updated: Nov 17, 2011 5:09 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The is Holiday season almost here and it doesn't have to mean packing on the pounds! Even better news, you can still enjoy all the fixigs by remembering just three things. Kim Barber from Weight Watchers stopped by to share some tips.

Many of us suffer from portion distortion.  So, here are a few visuals that will help you enjoy your holiday favorites in moderation.

  • 1 cup of green bean casserole is about the size of a tennis ball of your fist.
  • 3 ounces of turkey equals a computer mouse or a checkbook
  • ½ cup of mashed potatoes or stuffing would fit into a small cupcake wrapper or an ice cream scoop
  •  ¼ cup of gravy equals 4 tablespoons.

Next, look for ways to renovate your recipes. If you're hosting dinner or bringing a dish to someone else's house, consider trimming the fat from your recipes. For example, make your mashed potatoes creamy with naturally low-fat buttermilk instead of butter.

Pour your turkey pan drippings into a large glass bowl (or you can use a gravy/fat separator) and allow it to sit for five minutes so you can skim off a layer of fat. Use some of the fat in your gravy, but not all of it.

Use whole wheat bread, not white, for stuffing to increase the fiber and decrease the PointsPlus values (not to mention upping its vitamin and mineral profile).

Slim down your pie by making a light cookie crumb layer instead of a traditional pie crust. Leave off the top (or bottom) crust instead of using both. Or forget all about the crusts and bake your pie filling in small ramekins for mini soufflés instead.

In Weight Watchers terms, it comes with a 14 Points Plus Value, which is equivalent to nearly five servings of mashed potatoes!
Our take on the classic recipe reduces the PPV to just four!  A more manageable number that brings it down to the equivalent to eating just a serving of white turkey meat!
We’re making Pecan Tartlets, a delicious take that’s part soufflé, part tart. We drop the fattening crust and even make it portion controlled in individual ramekins. They’re a cinch to make. Just mix and bake!

Combine 3 large beaten eggs to a pinch of salt, a tablespoon of butter, 1/3 cup dark corn syrup, 2/3 cup of dark brown sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla. Then, blend in 1/3 cup of chopped pecans and fill the ramekins up half way. Then gently place 2 pecan halves on top of each ramekin. Bake for about 17 minutes at 450. Then reduce oven temperature to 350ºF and bake until a knife or toothpick inserted in center of a ramekin comes out clean, about 15 to 20 minutes more.

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