Friday, December 18, 2009
Don't Be a Dip About Dip. If it is a choice between hummus and spinach-artichoke dip, choose heart-healthy, high-fiber hummus rather than the latter which is loaded down with cheese and mayo. Dipping with crudites rather than crackers is a nice way to up your veggie quotient as well, and it will also help fill you up.
Yes, I'm Calling You Shrimp. The shrimp cocktail gets high marks, as does the smoked salmon. Instead of the high sugar cocktail sauce try dipping into some spicy salsa or even going without the dip. If there is some guacamole on hand, try a bit as a nice dip or even mix it with a tiny bit of salsa for some zip.
No Piggy. Another no-no is your standard party fare of pigs-in-a-blanket. I don't know about you, but I don't like to eat anything that has the word pigs in it. You can try a bacon wrapped scallop because of the relatively small amount of bacon provides loads of flavor, while the scallop is a high quality protein source that also contains omega three fats.
Aunt Jenny’s Famous Meatballs. No offense to your relatives, but those meatballs are probably loaded with bread and eggs. Eat them in small doses. Tell Aunt Jenny they're delicious and you've had five of them already. It's a small white lie that won't get you in trouble unless she's keeping count.
Mini Quiche. There is nothing really mini about this food and I'd say to skip it. Plus, who even knows what the heck is in these tiny pies? My rule is if I can't figure out what's in it then I'm not eating it.
Not So Nuts. Go nuts for a quick grab food because nuts have protein, fiber and good fats. However, you can't graze on nuts all night long because too much of a good thing is...too much. Try just eating 10 nuts and don't lose count by standing by the nuts and turbo loading them into your mouth as you talk. Those 10 nuts will fill you up and are a nice tasty treat.
Step Away. It's always helpful to step away from the buffet table. Is there a nice patio area where you can go outside and talk? Can you go into the den and find some old friends? Consciously make a decision that you've eaten enough and amuse yourself by talking, dancing, catching up or even playing DJ. You're not there to just eat, but to greet old chums.
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