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Summertime party tips

» If you’re the guest …

» If you’re the host …

Chances are you’ll attend at least one barbecue or picnic this summer. Try these tips for watching your waistline, whether you’re the guest or the host.

If you’re the guest …

  • Fill up with water, diet soda and other noncaloric beverages to help curb your appetite.
  • Watch your alcohol intake. Have one alcoholic drink and then switch to a low-calorie beverage.
  • If there are vegetables and dip, keep your dip intake small if you’re not sure of its fat content.
  • Survey the picnic table before digging in. Choose two or three favorites and keep portions moderate.

If you’re the host …

  • Use reduced-fat dressings, dips and spreads instead of butter and creamy, full-fat toppings.
  • For every whole egg in a recipe, substitute two egg whites or 1/4 cup of egg alternative.
  • Skim the fat from meat drippings. Use fruit juice to baste meat.
  • Provide a variety of grain, bean and vegetable dishes, such as low-fat risotto and three-bean salad.
  • Remember to offer fruit-based desserts as an alternative to cakes and pies.

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