Watching your weight by calorie counting doesn’t have to be boring or leave you still feeling hungry. And you can work in your favorite foods (it’s about the amount you eat, as opposed to what).
For example, Breakfast can consist of a carbohydrate, a protein and a fruit, like:
½ medium flour tortilla, 1 Tbs peanut butter and 2 Tbs raisins or dried fruit
1 low-fat waffle (4”), 1 egg and 1 oz. extra-lean ham and 1 medium orange or 4 oz. juice
½ cup cooked hot cereal, ½ cup reduced-fat cottage cheese and 1 small pear or apple
2 rice cakes, 1 oz. low-fat hard cheese and 1 cup melon (cantaloupe or honeydew)
1 slice whole-grain bread, 1 cup skim or low-fat milk and 1 small banana
These can also be “mixed and matched” for many combinations!
Lunch-These are low-fat, healthy, filling and are only 300 calories (or less):
2 small or 1 large taco shell, 3 oz. cooked chicken breast and one-eighth avocado and 1 ½ cups strawberries or ¾ cup blueberries
½ cup cooked pasta, ¼ cup black or cannelloni beans and 1 oz. fat-free cheese and 1 large green salad with 1 Tbs light dressing
1 small or ½ large pita, 1 turkey or veggie burger and 2 Tbs salsa and 2 cups cooked veggies and 1 tsp oil
1 slice whole-grain bread, 3 oz cooked shrimp or crab and one-eighth avocado and 1 cup cherries or grapes
1 medium baked potato, 3 oz. tuna, fresh or canned and 6 large olives and 1 peach or 3 apricots
These can also be “mixed and matched” for a lot of tasty combinations!
Food Festivals for Honeymooners (and Others)
From “Destination Weddings and Honeymoons” (the new May/June issue-Savvy Spending), here are a few places that newlywed foodies-and single foodies, for that matter-should greatly enjoy (especially if you’re not watching your weight at the moment):
Kapalua Wine and Food Festival–Maui, Hawaii
The finale showcases seafood!
June 8-10th; prices range from $40-$650.
For more info and details, go to www.cms.kapalua.com or www.kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com.
Tales of the Cocktail–New Orleans, Louisana
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event; it’s literally the world of cocktails for professionals and enthusiasts.
July 25-29th, from $120-$600.
For more details, log in at www.tailsofthecocktail.com.
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival–Orlando, Florida
Celebrity chefs and free nightly performances are featured, among so many other things.
The fest starts from September 28 through November 11th; park admission plus events: From $55-$150; $3-$8 for servings.
Go to www.disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/epcot/special-events/ for more info.
Great American Beer Festival–Denver, Colorado
The country’s biggest beer celebration began in 1982.
International beers are also featured.
The beer fest is held October 11-13th, with prices ranging from $60-$138.
Log in at www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com for more details and info.