Here are some tried and true party staples that wont cause a Buddha belly:
– When faced with the cheese platter, opt for Mozzarella cheese. It has more protein and less fat than most varieties and sports 85 calories per ounce.
– Hummus, 2 Tablespoons for 60 calories, packs lots of fiber and protein. Make an even smarter choice by pairing it with fresh, raw veggies rather than pita chips for added fiber and less calories.
– If youve got a variety of dips to choose from, pick the salsa. The main ingredients-tomatoes, peppers and lime- are all packed with vitamins A and C, fiber and are low-calorie. Just limit the amount of chips, even if theyre baked, to one small handful, or about 10 chips.
– Shrimp cocktail is a great choice because its pure protein and minimal fat and is loaded with zinc. Just limit yourself when it comes to the cocktail sauce, it can be loaded with added sugar. Try dipping them in the salsa instead.
– Enjoy something seasonal that you would consider a rare treat. If you see a bowl of red and green M&Ms keep on walking, theyre the same ones you get in the brown bag! If its something you dont get to indulge in the rest of the year, like apple cider, eggnog or pumpkin pie, have some. Savor it, smile and let those childhood memories flood back.
Here are some foods to avoid:
– Spinach and artichoke dip: Spinach and artichokes are great, healthy veggies, but once you add in cream cheese, sour cream and sometimes even mayonnaise, youre up to 220 calories and 22 grams of fat in one ¼ cup serving. And thats before the tortilla chips: add in five of those and youre up to 307!
– Pigs in a blanket: Sure they look cute, but these little dogs have about 5 grams of fat and 70 calories a piece. Doesnt sound so bad at first, but who can have just one? The average person has at least three, and if youve already visited the bar, youre likely up to 350 calories!
– Mixed Nuts: Yes nuts are good for you, but only if you keep your portions in check. A small handful, or about ¼ cup, or mixed nuts contains around 340 calories. Youll also load up on salt and fat which can make you feel bloated and full before youve even sat down to dinner.
Remember!! This is not dinner. Look at the food being served as an appetizer course; you dont want to fill up before youve had your meal. Have a light, sensible dinner when you get home.
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