Party Time

Metabolic Medical Center-Party Tips

It’s Party Time!!
New Grad, Prenuptial Affairs, Mom's Day, Dad's Day... Whatever the occasion, it's time to get out the grill and fix up some fun, healthy PARTY FOOD!

Party Tips: tell us what you think...

~Remove all visible fat from the meats you plan to grill.

~Watch Sauces- read the nutrition labels, and measure out all sauces (level tablespoons, level teaspoons etc) seasonings and marinades as calories and sodium like to hide here.

~Don’t party STARVING!! Have a profast protein supplement or a few raw veggies before the big event.

~Limit snacking on appetizers and finger foods. Constant snacking means constant
calorie intake.

~If you are hosting the party, have lots of healthy protein and veggie appetizers.  If you're a guest, make and bring your own healthy finger foods. You'll only add to the party! 
(visit foodies4mmc for more ideas)

Happy, Healthy Partying!!
By: Metabolic Medical Center

Cucumber Cup Appetizers
English cucumber (or any cucumber) cut into roughly 1 ½ inch circular cup shaped pieces

4 Tbsp. caramelized onions

1-2 tsp. chives, chopped (plus more for garnish)

2 Tbsp. low-fat sour cream

Turkey bacon pieces

Granulated garlic to taste (a little goes a long way)
salt to taste

Using a melon baller, scoop out the center of the cucumber cups, being careful as not to go through the bottom of the "cups".  Make sure your cucumber pieces are big enough to leave a base for the cups after you scoop most of the meat out.

For the filling: Combine the caramelized onions with sour cream and chives in a bowl. Start with just a little until you have the right onion to sour cream ratio you prefer.  Season to taste with garlic and salt.

Spoon the filling into the cucumber cups, top with bacon pieces.  These are best chilled a bit before serving. 

Easter Ideas without Candy

Take the focus off the big eared bunny,
marshmallow peeps, and jellybeans.

Buy a puzzle and hide the pieces in different eggs. When everyone finds the eggs the family puts the puzzle together.

Create a scavenger hunt to the basket. Start with an egg that holds the first clue. That clue takes them to another egg and so on until they find their basket.

Fill the eggs with Scrabble letters (or you can make your own) to spell out a "secret code" message when all the eggs are found.

Fill them with legos, and when they're all found,build something.

Other ideas for eggs:

flower/vegetable seeds
hot wheels cars
rubber balls
silly putty

play dough
jewelry (nice for an adult too)
mini nail polish
lip gloss/chap stick
hair ribbons
ponytail holders