Paring Portions Painlessly

May 24, 2008 at 3:39 am Leave a comment

As we move into the summer party season, we’re all more mindful of how much food we’re eating.  Shape.com has compiled a nifty list of 15 easy ways to cut 100 or more calories from our diets.  The tips were pretty standard, stuff I’ve seen before, but a couple of them were new to me.

One, in particular, will definitely come in handy this season and beyond.  It’s an easy way to pare down your portions without really feeing it.

“Leave behind three or four bites of your meal.  Research shows that people usually polish off everything they’re served, even if they’re not hungry.”

What a great idea!  Especially when you consider that, by the time you get to the last few bites of something, it usually doesn’t taste as it did in the beginning anyway.  Why waste calories on something you’re not enjoying that much anymore?

The other tip I liked was replacing croutons on your salad with celery pieces.  Leaving off the croutons is not new; I do that all the time.  But, I never thought of replacing that crunch with celery.  It might my salads more satisfying.

Enjoy your BBQs and get-togethers!

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