11. Start with Fruits and Vegetables
Indulging in a smorgasbord of delights doesn’t mean you can’t also treat your body to the nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants found in leafy salad greens, fresh seasonal fruit, and vibrant berries. Start with antioxidant-rich strawberries, nutrient-packed spinach or romaine lettuce, and non-starchy vegetables. These foods help you feel full while also providing the proper fuel to keep you feeling good, rather than over-stuffed.
10. Sample a Variety First
When perusing the buffet tables, take small sample portions of the foods that appeal most to you. Why waste space on an item that doesn’t taste as good as it first looked? When you have sampled the items on your plate, you can always go back for seconds of the ones that really tickled your taste buds.
9. Know Large Containers Have Low Turnover
Keep in mind that while that big vat of lasagna may look tempting, the larger size may mean it has been sitting out on the table longer. Items that sit out for longer periods of time have more time to go bad—or be sneezed on!