My Favorite Food Tricks for Slimming Down| Four Ten Calorie DPSG Coupon Promotion #TENways

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Trying to make good choices can be tough. I love to bake, but baked treats are not typically kind to my waistline and I’ve had to cut back. I like to avoid the word diet and instead focus on making lifestyle changes. Over the years I’ve learned some tricks that help me to still enjoy a delicious dessert or snack but without the guilt.

Portion Control and Visual Appeal

For me, a big part of making better choices is portion control and visual appeal.  Rather than always deny myself of what I love, I try to limit portion sizes and make smarter choices that don’t sacrifice the flavor.  I also like to present food in a visually appealing way. It is amazing how changing up how we serve food can make a dramatic difference in the way we perceive our food. For example, switching out a larger plate for a smaller one and adding a garnish can make any meal with a smaller portion look suddenly larger and more appetizing.

With those two ideas in mind, yesterday I made myself an afternoon snack with some items I already had on hand. Since I have a bit of an obsession with fun dishes, I have many choices at my disposable. These inexpensive mini dessert glasses are only 6oz each which make it very easy to limit the portion size.
Fruit and Yogurt Parfait with Nilla wafersI added five mini vanilla wafers to the bottom and added some cut up fresh fruit. It was topped off with some of my favorite french vanilla yogurt and another wafer for garnish. And because I just can’t resist a bit of chocolate, I added mini chocolate chips. It only took me a couple of minutes to prepare and was a great snack that satisfied my sweet tooth. 

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait with Nilla wafers portion control snackIt is easy to forget about what we drink, but that is way calories can add up quickly.  Obviously drinking a lot of water each day is important. When considering sodas think about products like the four Ten Calorie DPSG products available in 7UP, Sunkist, A&W and Canada Dry varieties. I picked some up earlier this week at Walmart with my little guy and found the 7UP TEN 2 liter on an end cap for only a dollar.

7UP TEN 10 Calories with Lemons and LimesI thought it would be fun to kick it up a notch with some fresh fruit, so I stopped by the produce section and picked up some lemons and limes. It seemed fitting to pair with a lemon lime soda!

Pouring 7UP TEN 10 CaloriesAgain thinking about presentation, I decided to pour myself some 7UP TEN in a mason jar. It certainly makes me think of summer and with our current cold temperatures in Minnesota, I love the reminder that this winter will eventually end.

7UP TEN 10 Calories BubblingI noticed right away that this product has a whole lot of fun  fizz. I was surprised how long it continued to bubble after I poured it. I loved that I could not really tell a difference between the taste of the 7UP TEN and regular 7UP. It was delicious. 

Lemons and Limes Cut for 7UP TENI sliced my lemons and limes and squeezed some of the juice into my soda.  I topped it off with a colorful straw and citrus garnish.  These steps weren’t necessary but really added something special.

Squeezing Lemon into 7UP TEN 10 CaloriesI’ve often added fresh fruit into my water, but I can’t believe I haven’t tried it before with soda. This was so refreshing and the perfect thing to make my afternoon at my laptop brighter. Next time I want to experiment with different fruits such as oranges or even grapefruit. The possibilities are endless.

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What is your favorite tip for slimming down?

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  1. courtney b says

    i love the yogurt idea. I have a major sweet tooth so its really hard to eat healthy when i get hungry

  2. vickie couturier says

    I don’t have any tips,but need some,,like the ones you listed,,im going to drink water an stop drinking diet cokes

  3. Cynthia R says

    That vanilla wafer dessert looks awesome, I wouldn’t even consider it “diet food” Great job, it is very visually appealing.

  4. Julie Wood says

    I eat 16 Almonds a day and it really curbs my sweet tooth and overeating. I drink a lot of water, and if I eat chocolate, I get it in bite sized pieces and only allow me a piece a day. Also, chew gum. It really curbs my sweet tooth and has helped me slim down.

  5. melisa says

    I admire your sense of self-control, it is definitely a weakness of mine. Your perspective is refreshing, like your 7up fruit drink! :)

  6. Sarah Hayes says

    that fruit looks so good. I need to follow these tricks to help me with being healthier. thanks for the ideas

  7. Robin Wilson says

    I already use a smaller plate and try to control my portions. Sometimes I really crave dessert and this would surely fit the bill! Thanks for the help. Dieting is hard and these are great tips!

  8. nicole dz says

    I love what you did with the mini vanilla wafers to the, fresh fruit, & yogurt, with the little chocolate bits! Looks amazing and just what I would need for a little sweetness.

  9. Michelle S says

    People think they are “limited ” when it comes to eating a slimming snack, and I never thought about the nilla wafers and fruit/yogurt.

  10. Darlene says

    Thanks for sharing. The dessert with the vanilla wafer looks yummy. When trying to slim down treating yourself in moderation is good to avoid sweet/salty binges!

  11. ellen beck says

    My tip is dont expect to lose 10 pounds in a week- in other words, it took time to gain it it takes time to lose it. And dont starve yourself if you dont eat enough you burn muscle not fat and guess which comes back first?

  12. Jean says

    That parfait looks wonderful and, because of the beautiful presentation, it looks decadent too! Sweets are my biggest temptation so I will have to try this. I love adding fresh fruit to beverages. It even makes plain or sparkling water taste wonderful.

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