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Smart Swaps for Parties

When it comes to festive gatherings, most people check their diet at the door. But regularly ditching your healthy habits can gain you a dress size. The trick to managing those buffets and dessert platters: Choose the right portions of filling but lower-calorie foods. Anticipating the dilemmas you'll face and knowing which treats to pick will allow you to celebrate yet still fit into your favorite party clothes.

By Sally Kuzemchak, RD

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Martini and Champagne
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Pass Up: Martini

Reach For: Champagne or white wine spritzer (half wine, half seltzer)

Calories Saved: 180

A large martini can contain 3 shots of alcohol and about 300 calories.

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