Trying to eat healthier and maybe even lose a little weight? That’s one of my goals for the new year and I’m going to really focus on having a healthy, low-calorie dinner to help me meet my goals. Science shows that when it comes to losing weight, what’s most important is how much you’re eating. (See what a 1,200-calorie day of food looks like.)
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We’re so busy at this time of year, between work and parties and shopping, that it’s awfully tempting to pick up takeout on the way home and call dinner done. But for me, that just adds to the feeling that I’m not doing all I could to eat healthfully and joyfully, reducing stress and overprocessed food. Trying to keep the household budget under control is important right now too. (Can you tell I’m working up to renewing my New Year’s resolutions?)
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I love hanging out with my friends, but I used to avoid throwing parties at my house mostly because I couldn’t justify the expense. You have to buy food, booze and make your house look festive. And it all adds up pretty quickly. (Bah! Humbug!) But I can’t expect to be invited anywhere if I can’t (or don’t) return the favor! So how can I have my fun and throw a party that doesn't bust my budget? I’m going to challenge myself to throw a party for only $25. Can it be done? With a little ingenuity, the answer is yes. Here’s how:
1. Dilute the Booze
OK, so the most expensive part of throwing a party is buying alcohol. It can add up pretty quickly. Instead of serving your guests the cheapest wine or beer available, consider making a mixed drink. Preferably one that calls for just a little bit of...
Just in the last few months, two or three new artisanal steak restaurants have opened in town. I’m usually the last to know that something is trendy, catching on just as it goes from cool to cliché—but even I can notice that locally sourced steak is a hot food trend right now. A hot and expensive trend. Happily married as I am, thinking about going to a nice restaurant for a fancy steak dinner makes me wish I were still dating (it’s not as much fun when you have to pay for both dinners: “Oh, I’m not that hungry—I’ll just have a salad.”)
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Camembert cheese and buttery croissants are staples of French cuisine, so you’d think France would be the last place where the government would police fat content in food. Yet, in an effort to reduce obesity, France's Senate recently approved an amendment to triple taxes on products containing one unhealthy fat in particular: palm kernel oil, which is extracted from the palm seed of palm oil trees. (The lower house of parliament still has to vote on the tax.)
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