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Holiday Survival: Say No the First Time Around

There's a reason why "heavy appetizers" are named such — when serving heartier appetizers in place of a meal, each item is meant to pack a filling punch. Holiday cocktail party apps tend to be packed with calories, too, but I have a trick to prevent overeating at these functions.

We all know that it's best not to arrive on an empty stomach; that will make you absolutely ravenous for anything in sight. After munching on a healthy snack before you leave the house, employ this strategy when you arrive: If there are passed appetizer platters at the party, decline the first time you're offered each type of hors d'oeuvres. Chances are all the appetizers will make a second appearance later in the evening.

This will allow you to check out your food options so you're not wasting your calories on something that you don't really want. You'll be more satisfied knowing that you indulged on food that you truly enjoy and didn't just jump at the first thing presented to you. On top of that, you'll likely consume less calories throughout the night.

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mtiger mtiger 7 years
It's so hard! I love appetizers!
KMattes KMattes 7 years
This is a great tip for a variety of food situations as well--buffets, family dinners, etc.
nancita nancita 7 years
Really a good tip and one I never thought about...a fun exercise in will power, which I have none of in the presence of appetizers.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
This is absolutely true, and a really good tip.
kia kia 7 years
Thanks for the tip. The season is definitely on us. I was lucky enough to attend a healthy celebration brunch yesterday that featured poached salmon, herring, fruits, and veggies. I think I only got calorie silly with a glass of wine.
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