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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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Spinach-artichoke dip & Hummus and pita
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Pass Up: 2 baguette slices with 2 tablespoons spinach-artichoke dip

Reach For: 3 whole wheat pita triangles (half of a large pita) with 2 tablespoons hummus

Calories Saved: 90

Spinach and artichokes may be veggies, but their nutritional value is negated when laden with fat-filled sour cream and cheese.

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