From Joan Salge Blake:

Tip No. 3: Cut back on the hors d’oeuvres
Did you know that one ounce of brie cheese melted on a hunk of crispy French breadpacks over 100 calories and 9 grams of fat? Couple that with a few other nibbles and you’ll have to beep your tailor before dinner is served. Making a meal of hors d’oeuvres is fine once in a while, but you’ll need to get a handle on this part of the holiday party routine during this busy season.

Tip: Score points with the host or hostess by offering to bring hors d’oeuvres of your own. Now, here’s the sneaky part. Bring something that you know you can eat and fill up on – without filling out. Take a festive basket, line it with a holiday cloth napkin, and fill it with fresh veggies. No time to slice and dice? Buy the pre-cut variety at your local supermarket. Put a small bowl of a low fat dressing in the center of the basket. Snack away.

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