As Chewed on TV...
The Booze - Stick to clear or light-colored liquors, like vodka, tequila, and rum -- these have around 100 calories per shot. Fruit-infused varieties are good too... Malibu Passion Fruit Flavor Caribbean Rum is amazing! HG tip: Always measure alcohol carefully to keep calories in check!
Cocktail Mixers - No-calorie and low-calorie bases for alcoholic beverages are a must. Diet soda and club soda are essential -- I love Sprite Zero. Light juice drinks (like Diet Ocean Spray and Trop50) are also great mixers. Sugar-free powdered drink mix (like Crystal Light) is terrific, since it's low in calories and available in tons of flavors. And keep some lemon or lime juice in the fridge to give your cocktail an extra kick of citrus...
Fruity Add-Ins - Fruit bits packed in juice (canned or jarred) and unsweetened frozen fruit (from berries to peach slices to mango chunks) are great items for whipping up blended beverages. Canned crushed pineapple in juice also works really well in appetizer recipes, like my Sweet-Hot Steak Bites. And frozen strawberries will add flavor AND texture to your freezy drinks, like my Slammin' Slimmed-Down Strawberry Daiquiri. Pick your favorites and experiment. Just be sure to check the labels, and watch out for added sugar or syrup.
Pillsbury Reduced Fat Crescent Roll Dough - One of the two MUST-HAVE ingredients for no-guilt pigs in a blanket. Find it in the fridge section of the supermarket. P.S. Also check out Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations for party-food-making fun!
Fat-Free or Reduced-Fat Cheese Slices - Kraft and Sargento are my preferred brands. Look for cheddar, Swiss, American... whatever your taste buds desire!
Low-Calorie Hot Dogs - Look for fat-free (or nearly fat-free) franks with 40 - 45 calories each. My picks are Hebrew National 97% Fat Free and Hoffy Extra Lean.
Mexican-Style Munchies - For treats like those taquitos, seek out salsa, taco seasoning, fat-free cheese, and small corn tortillas. Another great find? Canned 98% fat-free chunk white chicken breast in water. Seems a little scary at first, but it's fantastic in recipes... Check out my Saucy Chick BBQ Nachos for proof!