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Tips To Avoid Overeating At Holiday Parties

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Christmas time means lots of presents, but not all of them are good — especially extra pounds!

A FitPerez reader wants some tips to avoid recieving that unwanted gift from their body and wrote Amanda Garbutt from The Hot Plate for advice, asking:

Christmas parties are coming up and that's when I pack on the pounds. Do you have any tips to avoid overeating at holiday parties?


According to Amanda:

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Non-Carbohydrate Based Vegetarian Recipe Ideas!

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We know there are plenty of vegetarians out there and they aren't just eating bread every meal!

Many newcomers to the lifestyle rely too heavily on carbohydrates in their effort to avoid meat and don't know where to get their protein from.

A FitPerez reader who has recently become a vegetarian wants to avoid eating too many carbs and wrote to The Hot Plate's Amanda Garbutt for help, asking:

I've recently become a vegetarian and most of my meals are carb based. Do you have any recipe ideas for vegetarians that don't involve pasta, pizza or bread? I could really use a change!


According to Amanda:


Absolutely! There is such a myth that because you don’t eat meat the only thing left are carbs! It’s like all of a sudden all the protein disappeared.

Some great recipe ideas are vegetarian chilis with beans and veggie meat to ensure that you are getting tons of lean protein and iron. Other easy tricks start with the perfect sauce. Try picking up some pre-prepared Indian or Thai curry sauces. Make sure to check the label for low fat and sodium content, but they transform any simple dish into a masterpiece. Try sautéing chickpeas, spinach, cherry tomatoes with a Madras curry paste then just pour over a little whole grain rice for a complete meal. It is so important for vegetarians to watch their iron and protein intake!

Want more great recipe ideas from The Hot Plate? Click here to check out their website and follow Amanda on Twitter @TheHotPlate!

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How To Lighten Up That Salad Of Yours!

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We love salad, and we bet you do too!

The problem with salad is, is that just because it's vegetables we automatically think it's healthy for us. Sometimes it isn't. So, Amanda from The Hot Plate is here to share some advice how to lighten up that salad so you can keep being healthy!

Thanks, guys!

Such great tips! For more and to ask questions, you can check the Hot Plate out here or send some to us at tips@fitperez.com!!

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