pumpkin pie

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The Dessert

Your Old Favorite: Cookies, cakes and, of course, pecan pie (if you can't get through the holiday season without a slice of it, just do as Haas suggests and eat half a normal slice, which should be about 1/16 of the pie rather than 1/8).

The Healthier Option: We're not kidding ourselves here–aside from a bowl of seasonal fruit, it's hard to put a "healthy" label on any holiday dessert. Pumpkin pie, however, is a better option than anything else on the dessert table, says Haas.

The Nutrients You Get: Unlike other fillings, pumpkin pie's offers some vitamins and minerals (including hefty amounts of vitamin A), and, depending on how it's made, it likely has less sugar than other desserts.