Chocolate portion control. Photo of Anna
|You can eat anything you want, diet and nutrition experts advise, as long as you eat it “in moderation.” This means less frequently and in smaller portions.
Faced with choosing from a box of beautiful chocolates, moderation may be difficult. Several pieces may be calling your name. But those tempting bonbons may have 150 calories or more apiece—and it’s so easy to eat two or three (or more!) at a clip.
Here’s our tip for limiting ourselves and our guests to one piece:
Don’t pass the box—because it’s too easy to reach for another…and another.
Instead, place one chocolate for each person on a plate or tray; or repurpose soy sauce dishes, as we’ve done here. Individual plating makes a single chocolate look like a dessert.
If guests want a second piece, let them go into the kitchen or pantry to get it. They’ve made the conscious choice to get up and walk to another room.
|If you’re home alone with that box of chocolates, the same technique applies:
Place one piece in a dish and then bring it to another room along with your coffee, tea or book.
Final part of the tip: If you’re going to eat chocolate, eat the best! See our favorites in THE NIBBLE’s Chocolate Section.
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