While living in Paris, I performed an unintentional experiment with the French paradox: I ate cheese, pâté and bread almost daily but still lost 10 pounds. Walking miles along the Seine helped, but I'd also started eating the French way: smaller portions of better-tasting food, often with wine. Drinking wine isn't necessarily the key to losing weight, but as countless studies have shown, a glass-a-day habit can increase your life span. Now I live in New York City but still eat the French way, with low calorie, wine-friendly dishes like the ones hererunny eggs baked over mushrooms and spinach, for instance, and a root-vegetable salad with sliced beef. Add a five-ounce glass of wine (at 110 to 130 calories) and the total calorie count is still under 600. And sometimes, there's enough wiggle room for cheese.
Roasted Fish with an Unoaked, Lemony White
"Roasted fish recipes as simple as this one can showcase crisp whites with some complexity. I go for a Sancerre."View Recipe: Whole Fish Roasted with Potatoes and Thyme
View Recipe: Eggs Baked Over Sautéed Mushrooms and Spinach
Eggs with a Light, Fruity Red
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Shrimp with a Minerally Rosé
"I like pink wine with pink shellfish. Minerally Provençal rosés are especially good with my tarragon-scented shrimp."View Recipe: Warm Shrimp Salad with Kamut, Red Chile and Tarragon