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

HELLO MY NAME IS AWESOME! -WW

HELLO MY NAME IS AWESOME! (YES, YOU!)

Even on days that don’t go as planned, you have something to be proud of! Think positive: It can help you stay the course.

The power of positive thinking isn’t a myth. In fact, people who believe they will succeed at weight loss are more likely to do it. It’s especially helpful on not-so-good days. (Yes, even then you’re likely to find a bright spot.) Focusing on the steps and actions that keep you moving forward can help you deal with setbacks, stick to your Plan, and maintain weight loss. Take a moment or two to walk through your day yesterday, opposite, and see how you were awesome!

Daily Report (fill in the blank)

Yesterday was a _____________(GOOD/NOT-SO-GREAT) day for me. Some events were typical for a ____________(DAY OF THE WEEK): I did ______________(ACTION), ______________(ACTION), and______________(ACTION). As for my Plan, I found it ______________(Adjective), to stick to my points plus budget; i ate mostly __________________(FOOD CATEGORIES), and I am pretty ______________(EMOTIONAL ADJECTIVE), about my choices. Thinking back over my food choices, I am glad that I do ______________ (ACTION). It’s something I might not have done before I joined Weight Watchers. I plan to build on this positive step by doing ______________ (ACTION) in the future. When it came to activity, yesterday I ______________(VERB), which felt _______ __________(EMOTIONAL ADJECTIVE). One thing I’m proud of is ______________(noun/verb); it helps me realize ___________ _________(helpful thought). If I compare yesterday to a day before Weight Watchers, I can see ______________(sign of change). Every small step I take – even on the bad days – brings me closer to my goal. And that’s awesome!

Try doing this exercise (just a quick mental scan) each day. To keep in mind your everyday awesomeness, create a short personal phrase or affirmation.

Your Meal-Plan Action Plan – Weight Watchers

Your Meal-Plan Action Plan

What are your steps to menu success? Try these simple steps to menu making success!!

Most of us have a few go to meals in our heads when we need to get dinner on the table fast. But some days are just a scramble (maybe literally: you always have eggs on hand, right?). All in all, not a satisfying situation, and certainly not optimal for losing weight.

You know that meal planning can be a big help in staying on track. But, as your meeting discussion showed, life can get in the way of making this strategy a routine. The thing is, meal planning is more than just deciding what to eat. It’s also putting into place the when, where, who, and what.

So try this activity. Focusing just on the coming week. answer these questions, then fill in the plan below.

“I’ll make my meal plan for the week on ____________________ (date/time) at ____________(place) after checking with ______________(people) and gathering ____________________(tools).”

WHEN is the best time for you to plan? It might be Sunday evening when things are quiet; or on Saturday morning, so you can shop and get a jump on cooking. Once you decide, set aside an hour or however long it’ll take. Tip: Check your calendar and actually add time to cook – whether it’s a make ahead meal, day of cooking, or prep for a slow cooker recipe – so you’ll likely to follow through.

WHERE to plan? It’s not only the physical space – probably your kitchen, but it could be during your daughter’s dance class or in a doctor’s waiting room – it’s also where you’ll record your meal plan: smart phone, a document on your laptop, or a ruled notebook. Tip: Keep a record of your meal plans so you don’t repeat dishes too often.

WHO will you be eating with, and need to check with before making a meal plan? The kids, with their after school activities? Your partner’s schedule? Your own calendar, of course (“oops, I have book club on Tuesday night!”). Tip: Also ask about likes and dislikes, and any requests (“Can we have meatloaf this week?”).

WHAT ingredients and equipment will you need to execute your meals, see what you have on hand, create a shopping list, and check on any special tools. Tip: Gather cookbooks or open your browser to the food and recipes section of weightwatchers.com to help you create menus.

Put your plan together and you’re more likely to succeed by sticking with your points plus budget , choosing a variety of healthful foods, keeping hunger manageable and so on.