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Healthy Party Foods

If hosting a get-together at your house means a calorie fest that starts hours before guests arrive and outlasts the final cup of coffee served, you're not alone. Our Healthy Family, the Rebuccis of Chester, New Jersey, typically will treat friends to rich, fattening food, and plenty of it. True, it's a recipe for a great party. But inevitably everyone ends up stuffed and wishing they hadn't gorged so much. My mission was to come up with awesome ideas that didn't leave anyone feeling deprived. Read on for the game plan.

By Regina Ragone

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Offer healthier versions of tried-and-true favorites, without making a big deal out of their better-for-you profile. (The low-key approach is essential!) Most people love and expect chips, dips, cheese, and crackers. Our staff adores Food Should Taste Good chips because they're made with natural ingredients like stone-ground corn and quinoa, so they satisfy with flavor and fiber. Instead of the usual creamy dips, put out guacamole and hummus, which contain good fats. Cheese-wise, our test kitchen is crazy about Cabot's 50%-Reduced Fat Cheddar. The taste, texture, and mouth-feel are the real deal. As for crackers, try Wasa Crisp'n Light 7 Grain Crackerbreads and Kamut Flat Breads from Suzie's. Appeal to fans of buffalo wings with our slimmed-down take.

Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Makes: 24 pieces

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