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I'm going to share with you a trick that I use to control portions. I keep it a secret because it makes me look fancy, rather than making me look like I am trying to reduce my calories. But, the folks at Laughing Cow asked how I control portions during the holiday season and I'm more than happy to oblige since they are going to give a lucky commenter $150. The things I do for you people, seriously.
(By the way, before I proceed, aren't the Laughing Cow folks awesome about portion control? How great are the little Laughing Cow wedges? IF you can limit yourself to a couple of wedges, that is. My gramma, for example, eats exactly two wedges with her toast for breakfast each morning. I, on the other hand, could eat whole round tonight if it was placed in front of me.)
(See how I try to detract your attention from my portion control secrets.)
Anyway, the way I make portion control look classy is this: I serve high-calorie treats in tiny dishes with tiny utensils. For examples, I have these lovely heart bowls that fit exactly one small scoop of ice cream. Just one small scoop. I have itty-bitty dessert spoons, brought all the way from Paris, that look absolutely delightful with the lovely heart bowls. Tiny bowls, tiny spoons and voila! Classy portion control! Sure, you only get one small scoop of rocky road but DO YOU SEE HOW LOVELY IT IS? Don't you feel so classy using that teeny spoon that came all the way from the City of Light? You couldn't enjoy such an experience with a regular old bowl and spoon. Bon appétit!
Studies indicate that family dinner plates are growing in size. In fact, dinner plates have increased in size by an estimated 30 percent since the 1950s. Smaller plates equal smaller portions. I just love tiny appetizer plates, small juice glasses, and itty-bitty bowls. They seem so dainty, sweet, retro and, yes, have the added bonus of controlling portions.
This holiday season, serve small slices of pecan pie on dainty dessert plates. Pour petite glasses of eggnog. Scoop apple cobbler into little bowls and serve with tiny dessert spoons. Make small gingerbread cookies and serve them on cocktail napkins. There's no need to supersize the slices of pumpkin pie or heavenly fudge when they are served on tiny plates. Pick up small ramekins for dainty crème brulée. Don't mention that you are managing portions and, I promise, you will just look fancy.
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