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Can you take a break from good eating?

You can take a break from good eating.
Myth. Just one overindulgent meal can affect your blood glucose levels. The good news: Keeping portions in control and taking advantage of the better-for-you recipes on this site can help you savor special meals without sacrificing enjoyment. If you do have a slipup, forgive yourself and get right back on track!

When’s the best time to enjoy JELL-O Sugar Free Gelatin? Find out.

JELL-O Gelatin is a summer dessert.
Myth. Don’t limit your delicious dessert options! JELL-O desserts are quick and easy, making them the perfect go-to treat for busy people like you—whatever the season. For a smart snack in seconds, enjoy a cup of ready-to-eat JELL-O Sugar Free Gelatin topped with COOL WHIP Sugar Free Whipped Topping. Have 5 or 10 minutes to spare? Make our Gingered Peach Tea Snack or JELL-O 1-2-3 Dessert: They’re made in single servings, so portion control is super-easy. Even our extra-special Low-Fat Lemon Souffle Cheesecake takes just 15 minutes to assemble. Some recipes take longer to “set” than others, so plan accordingly if you need a dessert for tonight.

Can you measure 1/2 cup with your hand? Find out.

Your hand is about 1/2 cup.
True. This is an easy way to estimate snack food portions. If you cup your hand and fill it with chips or pretzels, you’re holding about 1/2 cup, or one serving. Some snack foods like NABISCO 100 Calorie Packs come already portion controlled. Or look at the Nutrition Facts label to find out how many pretzels, chips, crackers, or cheese curls are in a serving and count out one serving (or the portion that you determine is right for you); then put away the rest before you start to nibble. You can also divide portions in small bags in advance to take on the go.

Looking for something a little different for snack time? Browse the Appetizers/Starters featured recipes.

Are tomatoes really a fruit? Find out.

Tomatoes are a fruit.
Botanically, that’s true. Fruits contain the seeds of a plant—except in cases where they’ve been bred to be seedless, such as some grapes and watermelons. The word “vegetable” usually refers to other parts of plants that we eat, including leaves (lettuce), tubers (potatoes), stems (asparagus), bulbs (onions), stalks (celery), and flowers (broccoli).

As far as cooking, however, most people use tomatoes as a vegetable because they’re not as sweet as other fruits. The US government also classifies tomatoes as a veggie for trading purposes.

No matter how you classify them, though, tomatoes are a good addition to your meal plan, especially in summer when they’re plentiful and inexpensive. Tomatoes are a good source of vitamins A and C and an excellent source of potassium. To find new ways to enjoy them, check out the article “Bring on the Tomatoes” and the many tomato recipes available through our Search.

Are salads always a good menu choice when eating out? Find out.

Salads are always a smart choice to order when eating out.
False. A salad may start with the best of intentions. But then come the toppings…full-fat dressings, full-fat cheese, bacon bits.… Some main-dish salads at popular restaurants could have more calories and fat than a burger and fries. Check the nutritional content ahead of time by going to the restaurant’s website for a breakdown.

Don’t be afraid to ask for a customized version of the salad—“hold” whatever you like and get (reduced fat) dressing on the side. Looking for a restaurant-style salad to enjoy at home? Try Southwestern Ranch Chicken Salad

Are sports drinks the only way to stay hydrated?

Sports drinks are the only way to stay hydrated.
Though it is important to stay hydrated, especially when you’re exercising or perspiring a lot, you can usually replenish lost fluids with a few cups of plain water and skip the calories in sports drinks. Want something with more pizzazz? Add in CRYSTAL LIGHT Drink Mix. In studies, it helped women drink 20% more water.* Another great alternative to water is CRYSTAL LIGHT Pure Fitness Drink Mix with electrolytes to aid in hydration .** It contains just 15 calories per 8-fluid ounce serving

*Based on consumption of tap, bottled, flavored water, and prepared powdered beverages from Kantar Worldpanel Beverage Panel data.
**When you consume one packet during light physical activity

Leaving dirty dishes on the table can help you eat less.

True. A study showed that people whose dirty plates weren’t quickly cleared away actually ate less than those whose table was kept tidy. Perhaps a physical reminder of all you’ve eaten helps. Still, this doesn’t mean you should leave all the dishes on the table during your meal. Keeping serving dishes within easy reach makes you more likely to go back for seconds. A better answer: Fill your plate in the kitchen and take it to the table. And instead of doing the dishes right after dinner, sit and enjoy some conversation over a cup of MAXWELL HOUSE Coffee.

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