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A Healthy Dinner Party Menu

This Meal with Please Your Body and Taste Buds
  -- By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer
It’s Saturday night and the monthly dinner party is at your house. You want a meal that meets everyone's expectations for taste, while still being healthy. Here’s a sample party menu that definitely fits the bill, from salad to dessert, helping you avoid unhealthy party pitfalls and overeating.

Starter: Salad
Want to prepare a salad that’s not a salad? Tired of all that lettuce?

Citrus and Black Bean Salad (196 calories, 4 g fat, 9 g protein, 34 g carbs, 11 g fiber) is a healthy alternative. A mixture of orange, grapefruit, black beans, red onions, and avocado, this salad is unique and flavorful. It provides a serving of fruit, along with an exotic taste and less than five grams of fat per serving.

Main Course: Chicken with Green Beans and Sweet Potatoes
This meal has it all—a lean chicken dish that everyone will love, healthy green veggies, and a sweet side dish without empty calories.

Sticky Chicken (145 calories, 3.5 g fat, 22 g protein, 6 g carbs, 2 g fiber) is flavorful, thanks to herbs and spices, but low in sodium and fat. Keep in mind that this chicken needs to cook for five hours, so start cooking early.

Green Bean Sauté (81 calories, 4 g fat, 2.5 g protein, 11.5 g carbs, 5 g fiber) provides essential vitamins while containing little fat and no cholesterol. Green beans are bright and tasty when sautéed.

Sweet Potato Custard (150 calories, 5 g fat, 4 g protein, 22 g carbs, 1 g fiber) contains bananas, giving it a distinct taste, and a healthy nutrition profile.

Dessert: Cake
This Angel Food Cake (166 calories, 1 g fat, 5 g protein, 34 g carbs, 0 g fiber) will probably become one of your all-time favorite desserts. It's low in calories, but pops with flavor when you top it with your favorite berries. Choose a light or fat-free whipped cream for garnish. Besides, after serving a tasty and healthy meal that you and your dinner guests will love, you deserve a little treat!