Consumer Reports: Best party appetizers

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More and more frozen food brands are offering lower-calorie appetizers that seem to be healthy. But are they? And how do they taste? Consumer Reports nutrition experts checked them out. (WLS)

A recent study showed that people gain 1 to 2 pounds on average around the holidays - and it takes about 5 months to burn it off!

More and more frozen food brands are offering lower-calorie appetizers that seem to be healthy. But are they? And how do they taste? Consumer Reports nutrition experts checked them out.

When you're the one throwing the party, you can help your friends keep their New Year's resolutions by serving hors d'oeuvres that are delicious and healthier.

Consumer Reports' team of food experts nibbled their way through 72 heat-and-eat hors d'oeuvres, then asked, "Are they tasty, better for you, and worth the price?"

This team's nutritional bar is high, but in the end they found a number of worthy snacks to serve at your next soiree.

"Our top eight picks were about 50 calories or less. So your guests can eat about ten and still stick to their diets," said Ellen Klosz, Consumer Reports.

Some of the best?

Trader Joe's Chicken Gyoza Potstickers have just 29 calories per piece. Tasters note their moist filling of chicken, cabbage, garlic, and ginger. Serve with lower-sodium soy sauce and fresh chopped scallions, and your guests will know you care.

Two flaky treats from Saffron Road - Saag Paneer and Vegetable Samosas - get high marks for their crispy phyllo outsides and tasty veggie insides. Both have around 45 calories each.

A bargain at just 18 cents per piece, SeaPak's Butterfly Shrimp is a crunchy breaded nibble with a soft shrimp inside.

Helping your guests stay healthy for the holiday - that's really something to celebrate.

According to the Annals of Internal Medicine, when you go to a buffet hungry, you tend to eat the most of the food you take first. So hit the crudite and save the cheese plate for last.

Here are Consumer Reports top 8 picks for both nutrition and taste, along with being 45 calories or less:

-Phillips Seafood Restaurants - Crab Cake Minis
-Whole Foods Market - Spinach and Cheese Spanakopita
-Whole Foods Market - Vegetable Potstickers

-Trader Joe's - Chicken Gyoza Potstickers
-Bibigo - Organic Potstickers Vegetable
-Saffron Road - Crispy Samosas with Vegetables
-Whole Foods Market - Artichoke, Kale and Swiss Chard Bites
-Saffron Road - Crispy Samosas with Saag Paneer

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