Friday, July 1, 2016

Flavor Strategies

Eating is one of life's great pleasures. How can we indulge our senses of sight, smell, and taste while keeping the calories in check? Here are a couple of ideas that should please your palate.

Darker Chocolate
Intense dark chocolate savored slowly can last a long time and deliver the satisfaction you want. Dark chocolate has half the sugar of milk chocolate. Try two squares versus a whole candy bar.

Darker Beer
One glass of full-flavored sipping beer, even with higher alcohol content, can beat two glasses of a light lager. Be careful: some specialty beers can have up to 10% alcohol - more than wine.

Swap in whole grain treats
Two handfuls of nuts are heart-healthy but calorie-heavy. Downsize the two handfuls of nuts to one handful plus a handful of air-popped popcorn and whole grain Chex cereal. There are 400 calories in a 1/2 cup of nuts so portion carefully. You can add dried fruit, if you like, but again, be careful as dried fruit can bump up the calorie count.

Swap out the crackers for fruit
Enjoy savory sharp cheddar cheese with tart, crisp apple slices instead of crackers. Up your daily fruit count and reduce your sodium intake at the same time!

Intentionally make smart food choices. 
     Sit & pause to appreciate your food. 
          Indulge your senses as you eat.

Stay Active, Keep Moving and 
Enjoy Your Food

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