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February 24, 2009 - 3:36am
By Nicci Micco in EatingWell Blogs

I love parties but I find it hard to keep my eating in check when I'm on the social circuit. So when the invites start pouring in, I follow these four tricks to party my way thin:

1. Eat what you want the most. Birthday-party buffets and potlucks are totally tempting. Rather than diving right in, I try to survey the offerings and decide on one or two “must-haves.” Then I fill the rest of my plate with veggies.

2. Bring a dish. People generally appreciate it if you offer to bring something and this also allows you to bring something that’s healthy. I’m not talking “diet” foods, such as celery and carrots, but rather something that you know others will enjoy too. I often bring...

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February 23, 2009 - 3:36am

Almost any pasta qualifies as comfort food in my book. Give it a rich creamy sauce and plenty of cheese and we’re talking heaven. The problem is creamy, cheesy pasta dishes are tough on the waistline. Pasta on its own has plenty of calories—about 180 calories in a 2-ounce serving. Add a creamy sauce and you’ve just created a calorie bomb. Not to mention that those creamy sauces are normally full of saturated fat. (It’s best to keep sat. fat to a minimum for a healthy heart.)

The good news is that there are ways to “fix” creamy pasta dishes. And that’s just what we did with fettuccine Alfredo. Here are the changes we made:

* Swap whole-wheat pasta for regular pasta to increase fiber.
* Cut out heavy cream and butter to reduce calories and...

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February 20, 2009 - 3:36am

I’m going to try and take “Fat Tuesday” a little less literally this year with a healthier approach to my Mardi Gras recipes and menu. Of course I’m going to stick to the traditional favorites, but for my party menu I’m going to focus on healthier versions that stay true to those delicious Cajun flavors I love. Maybe I’ll even score a few extra beads for my efforts.
For Mardi Gras, I’m going to cook up a menu of traditional favorites, including:

Grilled Shrimp Remoulade: An updated and untraditional rémoulade makes a tangy sauce for these spice-rubbed shrimp. While this is a favorite on the grill, you can cook the shrimp on a lightly sprayed broiler rack, about 4 inches from the...

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February 19, 2009 - 3:36am

When you first start trying to lose weight, the pounds seem to come off easily. You’re motivated, you’re careful to stick with smaller portions and you’re good about keeping track of everything you eat. But, eventually, your rate of weight loss slows and then… stops. Is this the beginning of the end? NO! It’s the beginning of the second phase of your weight-loss journey.

Why not try some of my 4 secrets for kick-starting your diet:

1. Don’t deprive yourself! Denying yourself favorite foods usually ends up backfiring. Budget in satisfying treats that come in discrete units, such as Chocolate-Dipped Gingersnaps (157 calories for...

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February 18, 2009 - 3:36am

I know that one of the secrets to successful dieting is planning ahead—and that includes snacks. I also know that for me, I absolutely have to have a game plan in place to stay on track—and avoid the candy dish and snacks at work—when hunger strikes.

So I stock my fridge with ingredients for quick, healthy and low-calorie snacks. But when I get tired of my go-to snacks, I get creative in the kitchen. These 10 easy snack recipes under 100 calories are my secret to staying lean.

10 days of my favorite 100 calorie (or less) snacks:

Day 1. Chocolate & Nut Butter Bites
Top each chocolate square with 1/2 teaspoon nut butter for sweet satisfaction in seconds. Make...

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