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Lighten Up Your Cookie Swap

This year, plan a healthier holiday cookie exchange that's big on fun and lighter on calories, with these expert tricks and tips. Plus, get guilt-free recipes for Christmas goodies and more.

By Marie Elizabeth Oliver

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Plan a Healthier Cookie Exchange

Christmas cookie exchange parties are filled with sugar and spice and everything nice. So, what's not to love? Well, along with the dozens of baked treats, you could be taking home an excess of calories and not-so-healthy fats. (And we all know how rotten it feels when that sugar high wears off.)

Motherboard Moms tell us they're not against indulging on the holidays, but we know how important it is for them to feel and look their best through New Year's Eve and beyond. The truth is, with a few smart choices any cookie exchange can be transformed into a healthier, happier affair—all without sacrificing taste. We've talked with dietitians, food bloggers, and culinary experts to bring you the best secrets for putting a smarter spin on your next swap.

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