Health Tip: Easy on the Holiday Buffets
-- Too many holiday party buffet tables loaded with decadent treats can lead to overstuffed plates -- and overstuffed pants.
The Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions to limit your calorie intake when you hit the holiday buffet:
- Fill a small plate with fresh veggies, taking care to limit or avoid buttery crackers, creamy spreads and dips, meat and cheese. Avoid seconds.
- Skip sauces, or choose those that are vegetable- or broth-based instead of creamy sauces or gravies.
- Stick to lighter desserts such as fruit, Jell-O, angel food cake or gingersnaps -- if you have to have a decadent dessert, make it a very small serving.
- Limit yourself to one to two drinks, and choose low-calorie drinks like wine or beer.
- Choose calorie-free non-alcoholic drinks like unsweetened tea, coffee, hot tea or water.
Posted: December 2011