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New York — December 11, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — The average American typically gains between one and five pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years. It’s no surprise that weight gain happens to almost everyone during the holidays, but there are some things you can do to win the battle of the bulge this year.

“To help ensure that you eat healthier and stay on the right track for the holidays and beyond, there are some simple and helpful tips that we can all do to keep the pounds off, from learning how to avoid holiday party pitfalls to making healthy food choices and staying active,” says national nutrition, fitness and lifestyle expert Kelli Calabrese.

“While at a party, be aware of sampling some new foods that you are not used to eating which could lead to digestive discomfort. Most people don’t know that 70% of the immune system is found in the digestive tract and during the winter is when our immune systems are most compromised. Using a probiotic like Sustinex does a great job of breaking down the foods we eat which may cause discomfort. Its been clinically shown to boost the immune system against colds and flu and we all want that - especially during the holidays when we find ourselves indoors and in more crowded spaces.

“When hosting a holiday party, there are several healthy foods and recipes that you can serve to your guests. For example, choose lower calories options like Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges. I like Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges because they are only 35 calories per serving; they make portion control easy and come in a variety of light flavors, including light original Swiss, French Onion and Garlic & Herb. They also go well with other foods and beverages, and are a filling, great tasting light snack that your guests will love.

“Also, for something more festive than plain water, serve a healthy juice drink like Old Orchard Healthy Balance Pomegranate, Acai, Blueberry. You can serve Old Orchard Healthy Balance Pomegranate, Acai, Blueberry by itself or as part of a healthful drink recipe, like the Pomegrante/Acai Tini at your next holiday celebration (without compromising your budget or waste-line). The Healthy Balance line is that it features 75 percent less sugar, carbs and calories than traditional juices without sacrificing the sweet, tart taste that you would expect from a 100% juice. It also has 100% of your vitamin C, and is an excellent option for adult cocktails or family punch bowls that are light and refreshing, but full of flavor. Healthy Balance is just $2.69 for a 64-ounce bottle, so stocking the bar is budget friendly as well,” says Calabrese.