Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Small is Best

Yesterday we learned about choosing small fruits from the produce section to enhance the nutritional value for your body. We'll continue with the small theme today with two ideas:

Small Portions. You've probably heard this idea before (it became particularly popular with the release of the documentary Super Size Me) and it is worth repeating. Eat smaller portions! If you're eating animal protein split a regular grocery store (grass-fed and organic) steak between 3 or 4 people. If you want a treat, eat one Hershey's Kiss or five M&Ms, not a handful. A great way to start is to eat 1/2 of everything you get. Give it a try and see how you feel.

Small Plates. Many restaurants are joining the tapas and small plate trend. If you're eating out and they don't offer small plates, order an appetizer as your main course. Then you won't feel so stuffed after a salad and bread (whole grain, of course). If you're eating at home (always a better choice!), use a salad plate for your dinner and enjoy. If you devote 50% to 75% of your salad plate for your veggies and the remaining for your protein and other side, you'll save lots of calories and feel just as satisfied.

Two small changes. Many big benefits. Remember... small is best!

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