I have a love/hate relationship with hors d'oeuvres. Love because they're usually bite-size-the perfect portion. Hate because those perfect portions add up quickly if I overdo it. With a little planning, though, it's actually easy to enjoy the festivities without racking up the calories. Start by choosing four or five items and placing them all on a small plate, which tricks your brain into thinking you're eating more food. Keep your party meal around 400 calories to stay satisfied without overeating. Whether you prefer to munch on appetizers, save room for desserts, or spend your time at the bar, here's how to indulge without gaining weight.
Your Portion Size: 2 mini spinach and cheese quiches
Total Calories: 102
Stay Slim Tip: A vegetable quiche sounds healthy, but the cheese and dough add fat and calories. Make these last by taking small bites.
Try any of these 16 delicious recipes for easy entertaining.
Your Portion Size: 1 beef slider (burger + bun)
Total Calories: 159
Stay Slim Tip: Lettuce and tomato won't add a lot of calories, but even a half slice of cheese can add about 50. Hold the cheese if it's an option.
10 perfect-portion meals
Your Portion Size: 1 chocolate truffle
Total Calories: 73
Stay Slim Tip: Avoid feeling deprived and food-distracted all evening long-allow yourself one dessert or holiday truffle per event.
Guilt-free chocolate desserts
Your Portion Size: 1 sugar cookie
Total Calories: 72
Stay Slim Tip: These cookies may seem harmless, but sugar in the dough and decorative toppings adds up, so enjoy just one.
Go ahead, indulge in your cooking craving.
Your Portion Size: 1 flute of champagne
Total Calories: 91
Stay Slim Tip: Alternate alcoholic drinks with diet-friendly, calorie-free sparkling water to avoid extra calories and dehydration.
Your Portion Size: 10 medium shrimp with 1 Tbsp of cocktail sauce
Total Calories: 67
Stay Slim Tip: Shrimp with cocktail sauce, which is virtually fat-free, offers great taste as well as high levels of protein, iron, and lycopene.
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Don't let the holidays ruin your diet. Keep your party meals lower-calorie and satisfying with ideas and recipes from the 400 Calorie Fix!