Kick off with fiber.
Place mugs of turkey chili (use extra-lean ground meat) on the first table that guests see as they walk into the room. The filling snack will set the stage for a healthy evening.
Intercept fatty snacks.
Put buffalo wings out of arm's reach. They're almost always cooked with the skin on, but you can slash fat and calories a bit by baking instead of frying.
Toss a 3-ounce package of microwave popcorn with 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes for a sweet-and-spicy snack with about 15 calories per handful.
Pass on big portions.
It's easy to overdo chips and guacamole. Put 6 tablespoons of guac into ramekins with baskets of about 30 chips on side tables. This is the perfect amount for two people to share.
Take an alcohol time-out.
Save calories by stocking an easily accessible cooler with nonbooze beverages like diet soda and sparkling and bottled water. Leave the beer in the kitchen so you have to travel to get it.
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Originally published in FITNESS magazine, February 2010.