~ 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.