When eating super rich dishes like Scalloped Potatoes and Creamed Corn this Easter holiday or any time, it’s easy to consume a ton of calories and fat in a very short period of time. Here are few tips for your healthy “bikini” lifestyle to keep your Easter dishes #SOBikini:
* Sounds simple, but if you’re cooking the meal, have a healthy crunchy snack like a few pretzels or fresh celery by the stove top to keep your mouth busy and away from sampling. Many cooks consume most of their calories BEFORE the meal is even served just by tasting a little too much.
* When it comes to dinner service, place about 1/2 cup serving on your plate for each dish you’d like to enjoy. Then, savor each bite. Take time to enjoy all the little nuances each dish has to offer. Your tastebuds will swirl with delight and your tummy will have time to let you know its had all it needs for this meal.
* If 1/2 cup serving doesn’t sound like enough to you, imagine a 1/2 cup serving of your favorite appetizer, then, 1/2 cup each of the entree and two side dishes. That’s two cups of delicious dishes or about one pound of food. When you are savoring each bite and allowing your tummy and brain to communicate, you will feel more than satisfied.
* Keep your dishes filled with fresh fibrous ingredients like Italian flat leaf parsley, cilantro, apples, and broccoli for example. Fiber helps you feel more full and most high fiber foods have the added benefit of vitamins and minerals.
* Use healthy substitutions for fattening ingredients. Nonfat milk, nonfat sour cream. For casseroles, spray with non-stick cooking spray instead of coating with butter or oil. Don’t be afraid of low-fat or nonfat cheeses, too.
Calorie and fat savings here and there can really add up, just like they can add up the other way around with a little extra nibble here and there or going back for seconds. Use the tips above to help stave off that second round and prevent blowing your bikini figure before the meal has even begun!