[this is part of a series from write31days.com, start HERE if you’re just jumping in!]
This topic today was suggested by my sister, a loyal reader. Thanks Kristin, be sure to tell your husband I have a blog. This topic arose because almost every Sunday we get together for dinner at my parent’s house. It’s a little bit rowdy, definitely unorganized, and occasionally a sweet time. It doesn’t seem to fail that my parents lay out a big spread of chips, crackers, cheese, meats, and dips on their kitchen island for us to snack on while we wait for (read: cook) dinner.
This spread of food is quite the predicament. How can I resist a block of cheddar cheese and a creamy dip for potato chips? It’s not very fancy but it sure does taste good. It’s just sitting there, front and center as we wait to eat. This of course happens on other occasions, waiting for dinner at another person’s home, appetizers at a restaurant, sporting events, and most definitely it occurs around the holidays. How can we avoid this? How can we approach appetizers as what they’re intended to be: taste good and be a foretaste of what is coming on a larger scale? Here are a few suggestions I’ve thought through as I mull over this calorie-laden appetizer snacking:
- Put the appetizers on a plate so you can see what you’re eating. I’m less likely to go back in for seconds
- Find out when the meal will be served so you can minimize the amount of time spent eating appetizers. If the meal isn’t for another hour and you’re not hungry then maybe you wait to enjoy the appetizers for another 30 minutes
- Don’t just stand around the food. This is hard for me. I love talking around a table and around food. However, if moving away from the food will help to control my intake, it’s worth it
What are some tactics you use to enjoy appetizers but not overindulge? Are you regularly in a scenario like I described above? Do you show some control or are you full before the meal is ready like me?