Monday, December 26, 2011

Fondue Made Healthy?

I know what you're thinking - how can anything like Fondue, chocked full of typically great tasting, but extremely fattening ingredients, possibly be healthy.  It all comes down to your choice of ingredients.  Like almost every other "created" dish, the degree (or lack thereof) of healthiness is determined by relatively simple decisions on the part of the cook.  Something as simple as mashed potatoes can be made much "lighter" by using margarine and skim milk instead of butter and whole milk.

Thus, even something like cheese fondue can be improved upon if you pay a little attention to whats going in the pot.  Sure, it will still have calories and fat, and if you go on a feeding frenzy... well, you get the picture.

So, if you are planning on a get-together for New Year's Eve which includes "eating" (why do we celebrate with food instead of a nice 5 mile walk?) then take a look at this new twist on a classic snack, brought to you by Rocco DiSpirito.  He has come up with a new version that has just 227 calories and 10 grams of fat, compared to 670 calories and 29 grams of fat per serving found with traditional cheese fondue.

By the way, if you plan to complement the fondue with a nice glass of wine, be sure to drink in moderation.  Not to avoid getting intoxicated, but because wine has more calories than you might realize, easily 150 to 180 calories per glass.  So imagine if you go for the whole bottle, where you will end up..

Small steps and smart decisions are key factors for losing weight and maintaining it. 

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