Tips To Stick To Your Diet on Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day

Who wants to worry about sticking to a diet on a night when you should be enjoying time with your love. But it can be difficult when you’re faced with a decadent dinner menu and the feeling that it’s a special occasion. Here’s some tips to get you through the evening without feeling deprived.

  1. Special Order – There’s no harm in asking the chef to leave off the cream sauce or to replace a side with vegetables.  Or even more simply, order the salad instead of the soup with your meal and get the dressing on the side. Simple requests are now the norm and most restaurants will accommodate them.
  2. Preparation – Keep certain prep terms in mind when you’re deciding what to order; grilled is usually better than fried and baked is better than braised.
  3. Portion Control – If you’re at a restaurant notorious for large portions, try asking your waiter to divide your meal before it’s served, bringing out one half for dinner and boxing the other half in the kitchen. That way you won’t be tempted to overeat.
  4. Splurge Selectively – If you really want dessert,..have it, but make healthy choices for dinner. Or if your entree is what you really want to splurge on, get steamed veggies as sides and forgo the cocktails. Try picking just one thing that you really want to have, and enjoy it guilt-free, as long as you make healthier choices for the rest of the meal.

Do you have any other tips? Let me know in the comments section.

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Low Calorie Super Bowl Party Dip

It’s Super Bowl time, and that means Super Bowl parties,…complete with high calorie snacks and drinks. This year, bring along something you know tastes great and won’t break the caloric bank. Give this lower-calorie dip a try so you don’t undo all of the progress you’ve made toward your New Year fitness goals.

Super Bowl

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 slices uncooked turkey bacon
  • 3/4 cup light sour cream
  • 1/4 cup reduced-calorie mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp uncooked finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 cup diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup shredded arugula

Cook turkey bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, turning occasionally, until lightly browned and crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels and then tear or chop into small pieces; set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together sour cream, mayonnaise, onion, vinegar, salt and pepper until blended. Reserve 1 tablespoon of bacon for garnish. Add remaining bacon, 3/4 cup tomato and 1/2 cup arugula to sour cream mixture; stir until combined. Transfer to a serving bowl; cover and refrigerate at least 15 minutes for flavors to blend.

Garnish dip with remaining bacon. Yields about 1/4 cup dip per serving. Serves 4. About 175 calories per serving.

Source: weightwatchers. com

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