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FTSOLK Posts: 1,231
5/27/12 1:21 A

Cool Whip has trans fat, and I don't do "sugar free". One S'more is plenty though.

My friend and I have a tradition where we take forks and stuff our faces with blackout cake. Last year, nobody was willing to join in. This year, we're talking about having more fun. "Oh. I wonder how this fruit is grilled." We'll probably throw just about every fruit available on the grill just to try it out.

Our goal is this: if we overeat, we want it to be with GOOD foods- not junk

PAMMY520 Posts: 296
5/26/12 1:05 P

Happy Early Birthday To you!!

A dessert I just made for a party today that is low calorie/lowfat/low sugar is a fruit trifle...you can use any fruit you like but here is what i use for a party size trifle

2 store bought angel food cakes cut into bite size pieces/separated
6 bananas sliced/ 3 bananas for each layer
2 containers of strawberries cut into pieces
2 containers of blueberries
2 containers of sugar free cool whip
2 boxes of sugar free/fat free instant vanilla pudding (w/ 2 boxes of pudding you use 6 cups of ff milk)

I usually use a huge glass bowl so that you can see the layers and colors but use the largest bowl you've got...today I used a cake container that has a lid on it but turned it upside down since I'm traveling with it...it was perfect!!

Make the pudding as directed/cover w/saran wrap and refrigerate
Cut up angel food cake but separate the 2 be your going to use one on the bottom and one in the middle
Chop strawberries and mix together w/blueberries
Slice bananas
Fold coolwhip gently into pudding until combined

Now that you have your prep work done you can start layering the dessert

Place one cut up angel food cake on bottom of bowl making sure all the edges all around have cake in them/gently pat down

Cover cake w/half the pudding/coolwhip mixture smoothing the top down so all the edges are covered

Place a layer of bananas on top of the pudding/coolwhip mixture then a layer of the strawberry/blueberries

Repeat starting over with the 2nd angel food cake/coolwhip/pudding mixture/bananas and strawberies and blueberries

This makes a beautiful looking summer dessert that is sweet tasting but not too high in calories/fat or sugar...Enjoy!!

Edited by: PAMMY520 at: 5/26/2012 (13:07)
NIRERIN Posts: 11,904
5/26/12 12:19 P

if you have any veg friends it might be nice to add in a bean or lentil salad or some variant on a black bean salsa so there is a little bit more protein for them. but other than that it looks good.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,827
5/26/12 11:58 A

Here are some options....

Jennie O has Turkey Links that replace Italian Suasage. They are great on the grill.
Blue chip with flax seeds are an option with hummus
Take green peppers, brocolli or califlower, coat lightly with olive oil, wrap in foil and grill.
Sweet potatoes on the grill are also another option.

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5/26/12 12:13 A

if that is the case, I wouldn't change a thing

Great job!

FTSOLK Posts: 1,231
5/26/12 12:09 A

I have friends who enjoy a good healthy meal... but aren't necessarily watching what they eat. Most of my friends enjoy a nice balance of junk food and healthy food... they just prefer GOOD food opposed to processed junk.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (53,045)
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5/26/12 12:01 A

First - Happy Birthday!

I think your party menu sounds great! I love the idea of kabobs.

Sounds like you have a solid plan. The only thing I might add (since you have several friends that are also "watching") is a low-cal desert.

Good job, and I hope you have a wonderful time!!

FTSOLK Posts: 1,231
5/25/12 11:00 P

My Birthday is in about five weeks (21...woohoo!) and I'm planning on having a backyard firepit party for it (just to hang out with my friends, etc) Traditionally, the menu includes hot dogs (which I hate, and therefore don't eat), a veggie tray, chips, and s'mores.

However, I'm looking at trying a different approach: a menu that I can definitely track (more or less), but one that won't be TOO bad in case I just eat and don't track a thing.

I'm planning on including:

Tortilla chips (preferably baked, but possibly regular just because they're usually cheaper)
Salsa
Wholly Guacamole
Veggie tray (it comes with lowfat ranch dip which I usually skip)
Jicama sticks (great with salsa)/ other raw veggies
Fresh fruit (whatever's on sale)
Dehydrated kale chips (kale, salt, pepper, olive oil dried out on a dehydrator)

The main course will be kabobs. I'll have some kind of lean meat (probably chicken) and different fruits/veggies (squash, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers, pineapple) chopped into pieces. People can pick whatever they want to put on his or her kabobs (even doing veggie-only ones). I'll have different sauces to put on them as well (barbecue sauce, hot sauce, lemon juice, salt, pepper, etc).

I'm going to figure out a rough estimation of how much each piece of chicken weighs so I can estimate how many calories I'm eating (and my friend can translate it to Weight Watchers points).

Beverages will include water, unsweetened tazo iced tea (they sell filterbags at Starbucks and Target now), some soda (because I know my friends drink soda), seltzer water.

For dessert, it'll be s'mores cooked over the fire (I'll be able to only eat one since they're SO sweet).

Do you think it sounds like a good party menu? Any improvements? Most people I'm inviting enjoy GOOD, healthy food, but only a couple of us are actually "dieting"/trying to lose weight.

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