written by Tanya Zuckerbrot
You are at your company’s holiday party checking out a glorious buffet that’s laden with delicious food. Naturally you are tempted to dig in, but your rational self warns of the consequences that will surely wind up on your hips. Or will they? Pile your plate sensibly by balancing healthy foods with some worthy indulgences and you needn’t worry about gaining weight. Here’s how:
Fill up on fiber
Load up on chopped veggies and leafy salad greens first. A hefty helping of crunchy vegetables is very low in calories and high in fiber – making it a far smarter belly-filler than 5 pigs in a blanket that pack 410 calories and 30g fat!
Savor some soup
Soup is delicious and filling, and sipping a steaming bowl slows you down so you won’t have as much time to gobble down a plate full of something else. When it comes to soup, just be sure to avoid creamy varieties like lobster bisque or broccoli-cheddar that can have up to 300 calories and 20g fat per cup! Instead, go with broth-based soups, such as minestrone or vegetable, which are low in fat and contain under100 calories per cup.
Seafood is slim food
Shrimp cocktail and sashimi are mainstays at holiday parties and the good news is that these are naturally low in fat and calories. One serving of shrimp cocktail with about six large shrimp and 3 tbsp. of seafood cocktail sauce weighs in at just 109 calories, with 0.4g of fat, no saturated fat. Compare that to one cup of fried calamari, which has more than 300 calories and 14g fat!
Keep it simple
If an entrée is swimming under a layer of sauce, breading, cheese, or gravy, walk on by. An ounce of brown gravy has 100 calories and 4 grams of fat. You won’t sacrifice flavor by choosing lighter fare, such as turkey breast over honey ham or lean roast beef in place of duckling.
Eat what you like, but keep to single portions so you don’t swallow more calories than you would any other day. For women that’s about 2,000 calories daily and for men it’s about 2,400.