Tips to Navigate a Buffet
- Never go to a buffet hungry. You may be tempted to overindulge. Have a light snack a few hours before arriving at the event.
- Use a salad plate, which holds less food than a dinner plate.
- Start off with fresh vegetables and/or salad greens. Serve with low-calorie dressing, vinegar, salsa, mustard, or lemon. Avoid the croutons, bacon bits, cheese, and salads made with mayonnaise.
- Next go for a low-calorie beverage, such as water, unsweetened ice tea, or diet soda. If you are walking around with a beverage in one hand and a plate of vegetables in the other hand, you can easily avoid the appetizers being passed around.
- Main meal. Fill half your plate with vegetables. Choose steamed vegetables and keep away from those with heavy sauces. Avoid pastry items, deep-fried, breaded and foods prepared with mayonnaise, sour cream and cheese sauces. Instead choose lean meats, poultry, or fish. If you want to try a variety of items, ask for small samples.
- Avoid bread and crackers, especially if prepared with added fat.
- If you want a dessert, choose a light alternative. Many buffets now offer low-calorie or sugar-free desserts, as well as fresh fruit.
Eating at a buffet can be challenging, but with planning, motivation, and moderation you are bound to be successful.
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