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A gourmet is a person who is knowledgeable in fine food and drink.

Eat Gourmet and Watch Your Weight

Do you love good food, but could do without the extra calories? Consider these tips to eat gourmet while still keeping an eye on your waist line.

~ Thicken gravy with tapioca (mixed with a little water) instead of butter or margarine.

~ Top a cake with powdered sugar, cinnamon or cocoa instead of a thick frosting.

~ Ask for milk instead of cream for your coffee or tea. Use condensed skim milk, 2% or whole milk, instead of half-and-half or cream.

~ Prepare (or purchase) eggnog made with reduced fat or skim milk. Stick with clear soups.

~ For a great "cream" soup, add milk or condensed skim milk instead of cream.

~ Refrigerate chicken or beef-based soups overnight, and skim the hardened fat off the top.

~ Substitute half of the fat called for in a recipe with applesauce.

~ Cook poultry with the skin on, and then remove it before eating keeps the meat moist.

~ Substitute low-fat (not non-fat) sour cream or yogurt in your dips.

~ Always ask for salad dressing on the side. Dip your fork in the dressing, and scoop up some greens. You get flavor in every bite.

~ Stay away from breads and rolls limit yourself to one you never get tired of bread, so you have to pre-plan your choice.

~ Chew sugarless gum while you cook keeps your mouth busy with a non-food activity, so you are not as tempted to sample the fare.

~ Make your serving size of baked goods half of what's listed in the recipe (if a recipe recommends 12 brownies, cut them into 24 pieces).

~ Don't go to a party hungry a small non-fat sugar free yogurt or a cup of a clear soup will keep you filled up enough to maintain control.

~ Cut the calories in fruit juices by making a "spritzer" half juice/half sparkling water.

~ If you consume alcohol, limit your intake to one or two servings in an evening, (a serving is a 12-oz beer, 6 oz wine, 1 oz of hard liquor). "

~ Stretch your alcohol calories by selecting non-calorie mixers (diet mixers, tomato juice or Bloody Mary mix), or making a wine spritzer with half wine/half sparkling water.

~ Limit your intake to no more than one serving per hour.

~ Use reduced-fat salad dressings and mayonnaise.

About the Author:
Emma Snow is a gourmet and freelance writer. Writing for Gourmet Living http://www.gourmet-living.com and BBQ Shop http://www.bbq-shop.net .

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