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5 less-decadent desserts and snacks

By: Enrique Gili on Dec. 22, 2011, 1:48 p.m.
Christmas gingerbread cookies

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Lighten up

Just because jolly St. Nick is rotund doesn't mean you have to be. In a holiday season packed with parties, it's easy to overindulge, grazing on trays stacked with goodies and worrying about the extra pounds later.

When it comes time to share sweets and treats with friends and co-workers, there are healthier food options available. Granted, you wouldn't want to eat these every day, but they are a better choice than, say, tiramisu or peanut butter macadamia nut cookies. Try these five recipes to sate the snack fairy and appease the taste buds. (Text: Enrique Gili)