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
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.