STATE OF YOUR PLATE
According to Cornell food researcher Brian Wansink, portion size is all about perception. When light-colored foods are served on light- colored plates, portions sizes appear smaller. Try using black dinner plates to provide a contrast with your food, thus prompting you to eat less.
January is the time for CLEAN EATING, meaning foods that are natural, fresh, unprocessed and healthy. Consult our Clean Eating Guide for tips on getting started.
KITCHEN TIP: Chinese soup spoons make great scoops for sugar or flour.
GET SOME SLEEP
Research shows not getting enough sleep leads to poor food choices by altering gherlin and leptin levels, two hormones that control our appetite. High gherlin levels and low leptin levels are known to stimulate appetite, increase our desire for high calorie foods and ramp up fat storage. Worst yet, this effect can last up to 24 hours. The solution: Get at least 6 hours of sleep a night. —Diane Welland
TO A TEA
Cold months call for hot tea with its dose of healthy antioxidants. We love this tea infuser by Dreamfarm. The flexible silicone pod scoops and squeezes the tea, then stands it up when done. $14.95 at dreamfarm.com. For a delicious complement to your cup, try our Lemon Apricot Tea Bread.