Avoid Holiday-Eating Traps
From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, the holidays are filled with food, food and more food. Keeping your calories—and waistline—under control can seem impossible. Luckily, following a few simple tricks can help you enjoy the endless fetes while not packing on the pounds. Read on for smart solutions to common holiday-eating dilemmas.
You've been asked to bring your famous side dish to a party, but you're trying to watch what you eat.
Solution:Make subtle slimming tweaks to recipes and nobody will notice the difference—really!
Sauce slimdownMake an antioxidant-rich "cran-apple" sauce with plenty of chopped fresh apples. Combining the super-tart cranberries with naturally sweeter fruits allows you to get away with adding less sugar to your recipe. Also, a hint of fresh ginger or cinnamon lends a flavorful twist.
Mash makeoverPrepare super-spuds by replacing full-fat dairy with lowfat buttermilk or 1% milk and melt in just a tablespoon of butter for a hint of richness. Ramp up the flavor by adding herbs and spices such as sweet roasted garlic or even chipotle peppers.
Your calendar is filled with back-to-back events. How do you manage so many indulgent days?
Solution:Set some ground rules before you go. Three tricks that work:
Decide to splurge on just one item at each party.Maybe it's a delicious holiday beverage, or a piece of Aunt Mae's famous apple pie. That way, you'll feel less deprived and can enjoy a special treat guilt-free.
Never arrive famished.You'll have better resolve if you have a protein-rich breakfast and lunch, and a light snack before a gathering.
Wear something fitted so you're less apt to overeat.Tighter clothing serves as a reminder that you don't want to overdo it at the food table. And when you're at the party, focus on catching up with friends instead of camping out in front of the buffet.
The host is insulted if you don't eat lots of her calorie-heavy pies.
Solution: Say "No, thanks," as diplomatically as possible.
It is so unfair when friends and family pressure you to eat fattening fare when you're working hard to stay "in the zone." Be polite but firm and pay attention to the way you phrase your response. Try this: "That looks really delicious, but I'm really full and trying not to overeat." In other words, say something that will enable you to decline the dish without hurting anyone's feelings. If that doesn't work, taste a bite and rave about the deliciousness, or say you're stuffed and will take some home.
Fun (and useful!) presents for your party host.
Misto olive oil sprayerCouple it with a good bottle of extra-virgin olive oil..99;
Prodyne fruit infusion pitcherSpruce up plain water with this fridge find.
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