Party Smart! – WW weekly 6/26-7/2/2016

Party Smart!

Enjoy the food, have a drink, kick up your heels – on plan

WeightWatchers weekly 6/26-7/2/2016

What does it mean to part to party smart? As your summer weekends (and weeknights) fill up with social events, the idea of tracking and maintaining healthy routines can seem overwhelming. But you can strike a livable balance between sticking to your plan and overdoing it. In fact, the more consistent your eating patterns over the course of the week, the more likely you are to succeed at keeping weight off in the long run. Lifestyle tricks can go a long way – like eating a little something before you leave the house, wearing fitted clothes, and carrying a bottle of water or seltzer at parties ( so you are less likely to mindlessly pick at the food). Keyword: Planning.

How does it help? Planning can help you make wiser decisions – like when to use Weekly SmartPoints value (at your foodie friend’s cookout, say) and when to stick to low smart points  foods and focus on socializing instead. Select daily activity beforehand and you won’t feel as stressed or derailed by weekend of back to back parties. Plus, you can schedule events that revolve around activity, such as a group hike, a beach volleyball tournament, or family relay races.

SOCIAL KEY CODES

D: Drinks. Want to enjoy one – or two? Figure out what you’ll drink, and what trade offs can accommodate it, such as using your weekly smart points. (check out weight watchers.com)

A: Activity. Give yourself a pat on the back for any social occasion that also involves physical activity. It’s a win-win. If an event isn’t activity centric add movement by walking around helping the host pr playing with the kids, if possible.

F: Food. Reserving your Weekly Smart Points for an event helps you plan meals for the rest of the week. At the party, wait until all the food is served before choosing. Then  you won’t fill up on one dish, only to see a favorite is coming out next.

S: Social. With some friends and family, you can have a blast just talking and laughing in an empty room, When you aim social, the food and drink are mostly for fuel. Stake out a spot away from the buffet, and hold court with good conversation.

WHAT TO DO: SET YOUR PARTY PRIORITIES.

Jot down the fun stuff you’ve lined up for this month, then use the key code to mark what you’re most looking forward to at each event: delicious cocktails, a catch-up with old work pals, and so on. Planning helps you manage food and drink, depending on your “party priorities.”

Finger sandwiches

As you all may know my friend is getting married in September. I am listing some finger sandwich idea recipes up that I may or may not use for her bridal shower in July. At the bottom are the websites where i got these recipes from.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Variety is key with tea sandwiches, and for a vegetarian option, make the ultimate classic tea sandwich: cucumber. A good cucumber tea sandwich will be light and fresh, but still flavorful – like these from Great Party Recipes which makes about forty sandwiches.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced very thinly
  • salt
  • ¾ cup soft butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 20 pieces thin-sliced bread
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pepper to taste

Directions: Lightly salt the cucumber slices and place them in a colander to drain for 1 to 2 hours. Combine the butter and garlic and apply to one side of each slice of bread. In a small bowl, stir together the lemon juice, olive oil, and pepper. Add the cucumber slices, coating them well. Arrange the cucumber on ten of the bread slices, top with the other ten slices, remove the crusts, and quarter. Serve immediately.

 

Santa Fe Wraps

But maybe you feel like reinventing the tea-sandwich-wheel — and with Paula Deen’s recipe for Santa Fe wraps, that is exactly what you should do. Cut into pinwheels, there are between twelve and fifteen servings in this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (4½-ounce) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 (4¼-ounce) can chopped olives
  • 1 cup (4-ounce) shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons salsa, plus salsa for dipping, optional
  • ½ cup green onion tops, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 2 packages flour tortillas

Directions: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy. Then add sour cream, green chiles, olives, pepper jack cheese, salsa, and onion tops. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer. Stir in spinach. Spread mixture evenly over the surface of each tortilla. Roll up tortillas tightly and cut each tortilla crosswise into six slices. Skewer each wrap with a wooden toothpick. Serve immediately or chill. Serve with salsa for dipping, if desired.

 

 Strawberry Shortcake Skewers

You’ll need wooden skewers to complete this easy, light dessert idea from Blissful Baking. The measurements below make around twelve to fifteen large skewers, and there are countless variations of this simple skewered dish. One alternative would be to use pound cake instead of angel food cake, cut into cubes as well.

Ingredients:

  • pre-made angel food cake bundt
  • milk, white, or dark chocolate (melting discs, almond bark or chocolate chips, morsels, etc.)
  • strawberries (one package)

Directions: Slice angel food cake into cubes and set aside. Hull strawberries and slice in half. Skewer the cake and push it to the bottom of the skewer. Follow with a strawberry half and continue until you fill the skewer. (about three of each per skewer) Place skewers on a sheet of waxed paper.

Melt chocolate, and pour it into a pastry bag, or plastic bag. (If using a plastic bag, cut off one corner once chocolate is inside.) Drizzle chocolate over each skewer. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

Smoky “Pimiento” Cheese Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 (3-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded smoked Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded smoked Gouda cheese
  • 1/2 (8.5-oz.) jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
  • 14 bread slices (sourdough and dark wheat)

Preparation

  1. Stir together cream cheese and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl until blended. Stir in shredded cheeses and sun-dried tomatoes until combined.
  2.  Spread cheese mixture on half of bread slices (about 1/3 cup on each); top with remaining bread slices.

Goat Cheese-Pecan Finger Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 14 bread slices, divided
  • 1/3 cup red pepper jelly

Preparation

Stir together goat cheese, cream cheese, pecans, and parsley. Spread on 7 bread slices. Spread 7 more bread slices with red pepper jelly; top with cheese-covered bread slices. Remove crusts; cut into desired shapes.

 

7 Simple, Elegant Recipes Ideal for Baby and Bridal Showers

http://www.myrecipes.com/how-to/5-to-try/finger-sandwich-recipes

White Peach Sangria – weight watchers

Since it’s summertime and peaches are so refreshing. 

3 points per serving / 10 minutes prep time / 3 hours chill time / serves 8 people

  • 750 ml Riesling white wine
  • 1 1/2 diet peach flavored ice tea
  • 1/4 cup peach schnapps 
  • 3 ripe peaches, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2  cup diet lemon lime soda

In a small pitcher, combine wine, ice tea, schnapps, peaches, apple, and lemon, chill at least 3 hours or over night. When ready to serve, add soda and serve over ice. Yields 1 cup per serving including ice and fruit. 

Party Without Panic – Weight Watchers

Party Without Panic

Get a winning game plan – and go for it!  You go game, thanks to these tips, tricks, and tactics.

Even seasoned Weight Watchers members can feel a pang of alarm at the thought of attending a party, being away from control and predictability of home. And now here comes the Super Bowl or even like it. It’s pretty much a perfect storm; high pointsplus value food (and usually a lot of it), beer and soda (a lot of that too), and sitting in front of the television for hours, not necessarily at your normal mealtime. It helps to have a game plan – even if you’re not a fan of football or what ever even you’re watching (or the commercials), these strategies will work for any party. So you can have fun without losing control. Call it a win-win (even if your team loses)!

  • Set your points plus budget before you go; pre-track if you can.
  • Don’t go hungry; eat something healthy beforehand.
  • Sit as far away from the food as possible; better yet stand and cheer.
  • Keep your hands full with a plate, glass, and napkin.
  • Be picky, try one pig-in-a-blanket but don’t finish it if it’s not good.
  • Focus on lower points plus value offerings: pretzels, raw vegetables, black bean dip, and such.
  • Station yourself out of the orbit of the keg or cooler.
  • Alternate glasses of seltzer and beer.
  • Use smaller glass.
  • Go for what looks good (yes homemade nachos; no, store bought football cookies) and track it.

 

You’re still a winner!

What if in spite of your planning, you overdo it? First of all, chances are good that being simply mindful aware means you ate and drank less than you might have. Then, track it the best you can, plan your next meal as healthy, low points plus value one, pop some antacids and move on.