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Summertime party tips

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.