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  • Up the ambiance when entertaining and counting calories

  • Counting carbs for swimsuit season doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the sun and fun. Savor every moment with these tips for summer entertaining on a diet.

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  • Counting carbs for swimsuit season doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the sun and fun. Savor every moment with these tips for summer entertaining on a diet.
    AMBIANCE  Lighting and decor are an essential part of any festive gathering. Keep ambient lighting simple with scentless candles, paper lanterns or luminaires. Another easy way to set the mood is with a party playlist. Invite guests to RSVP with their favorite songs and include them on your soiree soundtrack.
    LIGHT AND SIMPLE  One of the benefits of summer entertaining is being able to take advantage of gorgeous weather during the day and evening. When dining al fresco, it is important to keep meals light and simple, especially when watching your figure. A low-carb diet, such as the Atkins Diet, inspires great meal options that are diverse and flavorful for summer months.
    BEVERAGES  Summer means sunshine and longer days, so it’s important to hydrate. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day, especially when outside. Add a festive twist by infusing water with different flavors like mint, lemon and orange. If you’re looking for something a little more exciting, try white wine sangria, which is a light, low-carb drink option.
    SEASONAL  When entertaining, consider using plenty of seasonal vegetables and flowers, such as avocados, cucumbers and hydrangeas. Sticking to seasonal ingredients and decor will help keep your budget down and play up the natural tastes and smells of summer.
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