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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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Swedish meatballs and Chicken satays
istock photo and Scott Little
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Appetizers

Pass Up: 4 Swedish meatballs

Reach For: 2 large chicken satays

Calories Saved: 73

While the protein in both of these dishes will help fill you up, Swedish meatballs are typically coated in a high-calorie, sugary sauce.

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