PARTY SNACKING

 

Well you have been invited to ‘The Party’, you have the outfit, and the shoes, so all that’s left is to dive in and enjoy yourself.   Yes indeed, why not?  However, party buffets can make or break your diet resolve.  There are of course lots of different choices of food, which makes it easier to eat the lower calorie version.  But there are a lot of other yummy calorie laden alternatives calling to you as well.   How can you have a good time and still keep your eating halo in place?  I have a few tips for you below

 

 


 

 


 

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  • Decide to have a light snack a few hours before the party.  Arriving feeling hungry is a guaranteed way to ensure that you will automatically pick up all the most salty, calorie laden items first.

 

  • Have a soft drink or fizzy water 10 minutes before starting to eat.  The bubbles will fill you up and you will feel less attracted to the nibbles.

 

·       Choose nibbles carefully, avoid pastry items such as vol-au-vents, flans, quiche, sausage rolls, mince pies.   Also avoid anything deep fried, chicken, wontons, and similar.  Avoiding salted nuts and crisps as well as garlic bread is also advised.   Opt instead for lean meats, smoked salmon, fresh fish and salads.  Use breadsticks instead of bread and opt for salsa rather than creamy mayonnaise dips.

 

·       If taking the cheese option things like goats cheese, camembert and brie are the lowest in calorific value.  Cheddar is one of the highest in calories.  When choosing accompaniments to cheese, water biscuits are much kinder to your waistline than cream crackers.  Fill up on the grapes and other fruit as well.

 

·       Keep both hands full, drink in one and perhaps a bag in the other, this way you are less tempted, or able, to reach for nibbles being offered to you and have to make a conscious decision to do so, this way you cut out a lot of the eating which takes place with you talking and unaware of how much you have consumed.

 

·       If you decide to eat nuts, avoid the salty versions, instead go for the unshelled ones, the act of having to shell them makes you more aware of how many you are eating, and the empty shells are there as a reminder as well.

 

·       If you are hosting the party, you can mitigate weight gain for your guests, by making low fat dips with low fat yogurt or crème fraiche.  Use filo pastry for mince pies, and rice paper wraps for spring rolls.  Ensure that there are lots of fruit and veg crudités available as well.

 

   
 
 
 
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