Skinny Dipping for the Holidays! (No, Not that Kind!)

11/20/2013 at 03:44 PM ET

Harley Pasternak Guacamole Recipe

Harley Pasternak is a celebrity trainer and nutrition expert who has worked with stars from Halle Berry and Lady Gaga to Robert Pattinson and Robert Downey Jr. He’s also a New York Times best-selling author, with titles including The Body Reset Diet and The 5-Factor Diet. Tweet him @harleypasternak.

Let me guess: Sometime between now and the new year, you’re hosting a holiday dinner party.

Now let me lay out a likely scenario. As people arrive and mingle and you’re scrambling to put the final touches on your giant roasted turkey or brisket, you realize your guests are getting hungry. Uh oh!

Not to worry—in just a couple of minutes, you can whip up a delicious dip. Your guests will be content (and distracted), and you can go back to plating and garnishing the main course for the night.

The following three dips are über simple to make, are low cal, and are loaded with protein. Serve them with either cut veggies (celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini) or high-fiber Scandinavian crackers like Wasa, Finn Crisp or Ryvita.

Have leftovers? Dips make for an ideal healthy snack between meals. In fact, I snack on these creamy spreads all year round!

Mexicali Avocado Dip

¾ cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
½ cup chopped red onion
3-4 tbsp. chopped cilantro (plus a sprig or two for garnish)
½ medium jalapeño pepper, chopped and seeded
Juice from one lime
1 tbsp. ground cumin (plus a dash for garnish)
½ teaspoon salt
3 Hass avocados, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 garlic clove, minced

1. In a food processor or blender, mix all ingredients until almost smooth.

2. Garnish with the sprigs of cilantro and a dash of ground cumin. Serve with crudités.

Harley Pasternak Smoked Salmon Spread Recipe

Smoked Salmon Cracker Spread

8 oz. plain fat-free Greek yogurt
2 tbsp. chopped dill (plus a sprig or two for garnish)
Juice from ½ small lemon (about 1 tbsp.)
4 oz. smoked salmon, finely chopped and divided

1. In a food processor or blender, combine yogurt, dill, lemon and half of the salmon.  Process until smooth.

2. Mix in remaining half of salmon by hand. Garnish with dill sprigs and serve with high-fiber crackers.

Harley Pasternak Herb Spread Recipe

Creamy Herb Spread

½ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
¼ cup chopped basil
2 tbsp. chopped chives (plus a handful for garnish)
Juice from 1 small lemon (about 2 tbsp.)
1½ oz reduced-fat cream cheese (at room temperature)
⅓ cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
½ cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained, chopped and divided
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. In a food processor or blender, mix first 5 ingredients until smooth. Add the yogurt and half the tomatoes, and blend until combined.

2. Season with salt and pepper. Top with remaining sun-dried tomatoes and/or chives and serve with crudités or high-fiber crackers.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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