To get slim, eat slim

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Almost everyone is concerned about diet and weight these days. How can you serve good low-calorie meals? There are pointers that will help you recognize calories and certain low-calorie cooking techniques that will keep you from increasing the calories in food.

First, you can become a calorie detective easily. High calorie foods have these characteristics:

- Thick, oily or greasy-crisp

- Slick, smooth or gooey

- Sweet or sticky

- Compact or concentrated alcohol

Recognize low-calorie foods this way:

- Thin, watery or dilute

- Bulky or with lots of fiber or coarseness

- Watery-crisp

Some points to remember:

- Most fish are low in fat

- Most fat in poultry is right under the skin, so removing the skin will cut the calories.

- The sugar added to canned fruit can double the caloriea. Water packed fruit is similar to fresh in calories content.

You can add many calories to food simply by the way you cook. Some techniques to help you control calories in cooking are listed below:

- Avoid adding fat to cooked vegetables. Combine different vegetables to get variety. For example, green beans and mushrooms, peas and onions.

- Cook without added butter, margarine, fat back or bacon. Let each person season their own food.

- Remove all visible fat from meat.

- Use meat drippings after the fat has been skimmed off.

- Stay away from country style preparation. Cooking in gravies or sauces add many calories.

Some points to remember:

- Alcoholic beverages are high in calories.

- Read the labels on dietetic foods - not all are low in calories.

- Use items containing sugar substitutes in moderation. Train your taste toward eating lesser sweets.

Buying Fall Foods

Look for a wealth of healthy fall vegetables. Look for dark green leafy vegetables like broccoli and greens. Select those that are of normal color and look fresh. Also, look for hard shell squash, such as acorn and butternut. Choose squash that have no bruises or cuts. Bake hard shell squash as you would a potato. These rich sources of vitamin A will add an elegant, delicious touch to a special meal when served filled with green peas and cheese or baked apples.