Written by Maureen Murphy
Although it’s the season for holiday parties and special meals it’s also the season when many people find themselves gaining an extra 5-7 lbs. from overindulging in sweets, dips, and more. With a few simple tips and modifications your guests will still enjoy the party and their hips will thank you come January!
Simple tips & cooking modifications:
Serve veggies, pretzels, or baked pita chips for dipping instead of potato chips
Serve shrimp cocktail and a veggie tray for lighter snacks
Use low fat or nonfat dairy products to replace higher fat counterparts
Serve whole grains – breads, rolls, pasta, etc.
Flavor roasts and vegetables with fresh herbs and a little grated Parmesan cheese instead of butter and/or salt
Roast meats and poultry on a rack in a roasting pan
Skip the gravy entirely or at least skim fat off (every tablespoon of fat discarded amounts to 120 calories and 13 grams of fat)
Use fat free milk or reduced sodium chicken broth when making mashed potatoes, and add garlic and herbs to enhance the flavor
Season vegetables with herbs, spices, balsamic vinegar and/or lemon juice instead of butter or heavy sauces
Reduce sugar called for in a recipe by a third
Substitute an equal amount of applesauce or prune puree for at least half the oil, margarine, or butter in baked good recipes
Substitute a graham cracker crumb pie crust for the traditional pastry crust, and use half the butter or margarine called for in the crumb crust recipe, adding a little liquid to moisten if too dry
Have water or diet soda available for guests to choose instead of higher calorie and sugar beverages like alcohol, soda or juice
Skip dessert and serve fresh fruit for a light end to the meal
Written by Jane N. Golub
Director In-Store Marketing Programs
AXE FACE CARE
AXE is expanding its grooming portfolio with the launch of AXE Face, a brand new range of products designed to help guys score with their faces.
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Look for AXE Face Care items in the Skin Care aisle.
FARM FRESH BREADED MUSHROOMS
Farm Rich Breaded Mushrooms are the perfect addition to your party. These crispy seasoned to perfection mushrooms are an easy appetizer to serve to your family or guests.
Farm Rich Breaded Mushrooms are always made with whole white button mushrooms. Whether you fry or bake them in the oven, it’s the perfect way to get a restaurant quality appetizer at home.
These pair well with a side of marinara sauce or ranch dressing. Time to get dipping!
If you are planning appetizers for a party or you are just looking for a tasty wholesome snack for the family, try Farm Rich Breaded Mushrooms – the latest addition to the Farm Rich family of Appetizers found in the Frozen Food aisle!