Better Homes & Gardens November 2012
Skip the goodies? We don’t think so. Here’s how to celebrate the season without depriving yourself – or overindulging.
SMART START – When appetizers make the rounds, opt for the one you’re really craving, even if it seems indulgent. A few scrumptious bites or something you love – mmmm. That will satisfy your munchies and set you up for a sane meal. If you spend the cocktail hour choking down celery sticks, you willpower will shrivel during the main course.
MEAL PLAN – Most holiday gatherings have enough food to feed a small nation. Your first step? Forget the idea of sampling everything – the more variety on your plate, the more likely you are to overeat. Instead, choose a few special dishes to savor. Round out your meal with a light, nutritious fare such as baked squash & roasted carrots.
SWEET TALK – People tend to dish out bigger portions to others than to themselves – fine for salad, but a problem with pie. Offer to slice your own sliver, and keep it to one and a half inches at the crust end. IF you’re handed a superize serving, split it with a tablemate.
Here is my take on the article: baked squash and roasted carrots might not do it for me…I’m also going to talk with my back to the dessert table.