Parties are all about celebration, not deprivation. No one wants to skip the one-bite quiches, mini crab cakes, or bacon-wrapped anything. And when it comes to creamy onion dips and guacamole, you can easily lose track of what you've consumed. Was that one chip, two, or maybe 10?

I decided to break the cycle of overindulgence and regret by creating four delicious yet guilt-free dips. Replace fried tortilla and potato chips with fresh crudités, and your chip-counting days are behind you.

1. Blood Orange and Avocado Salsa with Pomegranate Seeds

Photo: John Kernick
This guacamole makeover is lighter and more refreshing, with blood orange and pomegranate added to chunks of avocado.

Get the recipe: Blood Orange and Avocado Salsa with Pomegranate Seeds

2. Smoky Black Bean Dip

Photo: John Kernick
Silky black bean dip gets its smoky kick from chipotle chilies.

Get the recipe: Smoky Black Bean Dip

3. Indian-Spiced Cauliflower Dip

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A curried cauliflower spread satisfies the urge for creamy texture without the fat (the secret: low-fat yogurt and sour cream).

Get the recipe: Indian-Spiced Cauliflower Dip

4. Amber Ale Cheddar Cheese Spread

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Savory Cheddar cheese gets an extra kick from spicy horseradish and Dijon mustard in this low-fat spread.

Get the recipe: Amber Ale Cheddar Cheese Spread

Next: 16 veggies to try as dippers, plus a super-simple, guilt-free recipe for baked tortilla chips