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Special occasions

Go out only occasionally for drinks and dinner…

We are sure you have plenty of invitations to join in special occasions where you may eat and drink more than you usually do…Meals are a convivial time when you get together to relax, talk, have fun and indulge your taste buds…The joys of good food are important in our culture, but these moments of pure delight do have their aftereffects… and the kilos start adding up!

You can very well include rich and copious meals while maintaining a healthy diet, but on condition that they take place only occasionally…

A balanced diet must be respected on a daily basis as well as during the course of the week, so you have to make up for those little overindulgences by eating more lightly after the festivities are over: soup, raw and green vegetables, for example, and going easy on high-fat foods such as heavy sauces, pork products (sausages and pates), and cheese.

Continual partying…

How can you prepare a sensible cocktail party?

Put a stop to all those before-dinner crackers, peanuts, and other saturated nibbles… All these foods are rich in lipids and consequently loaded with calories, without mentioning soft drinks and alcoholic beverages that tip the scales in the wrong direction! It’s about time to substitute them with some freshness and lightness. Let vegetables take the place of honor, they add color and fun: cherry tomatoes, vegetable kebabs, cucumber and carrot sticks, raw cauliflower, with some healthy dips made of low-fat soft cheese and chives as garnish. This type of “aperitif” is not only low in calories (go easy on the soft drinks and alcohol) but will help fill your stomach so that you don’t overeat during the meal… 

You’re invited out too often…

Since you can’t set the menu, you’ll have to compromise with what’s offered!

Opt for light cheese spreads and dried fruit (figs, raisins, apricots…), and above all don’t throw yourself on the bowl of peanuts and cachews!!! A bit of nibbling isn’t forbidden but don’t re-serve yourself too often.

As for drinks, prefer fresh fruit juices (without added sugar) to soft drinks, and as for alcohol, go for a glass of white wine or champagne which has fewer calories than hard liquor or a cocktail.

A tip: when you know you have to go out, prepare yourself a little bread-based snack around 4 p.m. That way you won’t be dying of hunger when you get there and will be able to wait until dinnertime and enjoy all those pre-dinner nibbles in moderation…

A light festive dinner!

Those big heavy dinners that knock you out before they’re over are a thing of the past!

There are a great many ways of making a meal lighter, yet still up to the standards of the most demanding gourmet…

Choosing the right foods:

  • Starters

Shellfish, seafood and fish are always appreciated…French people are particularly fond of oysters, which happily are low in calories! Be careful of what accompanies these dishes however: the bread and butter that comes with the smoked salmon, for instance…

For “foie gras” enthusiasts, keep that little piece of toast right where it is, but be sure that the portions served stay reasonable.

  •   Main course

Opt for a roasted chicken or turkey (or another form of poultry) accompanied by a panache of green vegetables and potatoes, for example. The advantage of baking is that it doesn’t require much butter or fat. Try to avoid eating the skin, though.

  • Cheese

Limit yourself to 3 small portions of different cheeses with 2 slices of bread. Remember: you have to keep some room for dessert…

  • Dessert

A fresh fruit salad, a fruit tart or sherbet (much less fattening than ice cream) would certainly be welcomed.

General advice:

Serve yourself small portions and avoid taking seconds…even if you are very hungry, don’t forget that there will be other things following the starter and main course! As meals on special occasions tend to be made up of many different dishes, the main thing is to eat a little of everything in a reasonable quantity: you have to know how to savor life’s pleasures without feeling guilty afterwards… and even if you gain a little weight, some physical exercise and a couple of lighter meals after the festivities will help you make up for this little “aside” in your diet.

Tip: The choice of recipients is very important as people always have a tendency to serve a larger quantity of food in a big plate than in a smaller one…