Trimming down may be as easy as pulling out your blender and changing your eating utensils. In a recent study, people who were given pureed vegetables actually consumed about 350 less calories. Add the purees to soups, stews and sauces.  The pureed veggies and fruits are a great way to add flavor and texture to your meals, not to mention the extra vitamins and fiber you are adding to your diet.

The next time you reach for the biggest bowl you see...Stop!! Using smaller dishes will help you  eat smaller portions.  When you place a 4 oz chicken breast on a smaller plate it will appear larger than it is.  Eating smaller portions can help you cut back on calories and help you learn what a true portion is. Click on the following link to get more ideas on how you can make your kitchen a friend not foe. Kitchen tricks that help you slim down.