There are celebrations and holidays year-round and Dinner Tonight wants to help you plan your festivities while keeping healthy living in mind. Celebrating in a healthy manner can be hard (especially with tempting treats surrounding you).
When it comes to celebrating sensibly, moderation is key. One of the easiest ways to help control portions is to start using a smaller plate. Choose a plate that is 9 inches. Most plates that are used in restaurants and even the ones at our homes are 11-12 inches. The more space we have on our plates the more foods we fill it with. To help with portion control, use the plate method.
The plate method is a concept that helps controls portions without using measuring cups. First, fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Second, divide the other half into half and use one section for grains/starches and one for protein. To make this a complete meal, add a dairy source like low-fat milk or yogurt. The plate method can help you make good choices whether you are at a family gathering, an office party, or a buffet at a celebration.
When it comes to dessert, being mindful is key. Desserts can fit within a healthy meal plan, but it is all about how often you consume them and the portion size. A good goal may be to try is only to have desserts twice a week. If you must have something sweet to end your day choose ½ cup of fruit with two tablespoons of whip cream or share a dessert with a family member or friend. Or try another strategy such as the 3-bite rule. Take three small bites of dessert and then stop.