How To Stay Trim – Part III

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MariaDello_103114AMy Favorite Swap-outs
Simple carbohydrates can be a contributor to weight gain, so be creative when dining without feeling deprived. This will ensure long-lasting results.
1. White rice can be swapped out for cauliflower “rice.” This cruciferous vegetable is a powerhouse vegetable and when placed in the food processor and sautéed, it can mimic your favorite rice dish.
2. Pasta can add calories but no need to feel deprived of your favorite spaghetti and meatballs. “Zucchini linguini” can be a tasty healthy alternative; just shred into strips and add your favorite sauce.
3. White sugar is not your skinny friend; this is always converted into FAT. An alternative to sugar can be Stevia, Agave, or brown rice syrup.
4. Traditional pudding is laced with sugar and calories. A sweet swapout that will also help you shed the pounds is “Chia Seed Pudding.” This delicious dessert will keep you full with its added fiber content. It’s high Omega 3 content will give you a sense of satiety for hours. Omega 3 fatty acids are needed for well-being.
Practice good eating habits when dining: Eat at a well-lit table. Never eat in front of the TV  or computer, as this distraction promotes overeating.  Bon appetit!
Maria Dello, C.N. is a certified medical nutritionist and owner of Dellonutritionals, 75 Plandome Road

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.

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