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Friday, July 16, 2010

Belly Fat Cure Party Food

Gathering with friends and neighbors is a big part of summer. But when you are on a diet, these situations can be stressful. Whether you are hosting a party, eating at a party or expected to bring along a dish, I have a few ideas for you!

If you are invited to a party and are really worried that you won't find anything you can eat there, then just bring your own! Bring a platter of your favorite thing from the list below, most hostess would welcome the help. Bring your own Sobe 0 Calorie Lifewater to make into a martini and tell the hostess you wanted to share a new drink with her. Don't be shy, tell her you don't want her to go to any extra trouble for you, but that you are on a sugar restrictive diet. Or you can keep it on the Down Low and sneak in your supplies. In the very worst case, just eat before you go and don't stand next to the food tables.

Backyard BBQs are a dream come true on the Belly Fat Cure and are the easiest to handle. If you are planning your own party, stock up on proteins and green veggies. If you still can't be trusts with sugary desserts or chips, ask a guest to bring those potluck style, so your exposure to them is minimal. Or choose items that you don't like. I know that sounds weird, but it works for me in case there are any leftover. Also, don't over buy - specifically so there won't be a lot of leftovers. Lovingly send home leftovers with your friends who could use a little fat around the middle! ;-)
Belly Good (low sugar and carbs):
Hot Dogs, Brats, Cheeseburgers (skip the bun or bring along Thin Buns)
Ribs (seasoned,without BBQ sauce)
Chicken Wings
Grilled veggies
Deviled eggs
Veggie Tray
Salads (be careful with the dressing choice)
Anti Pasta tray (sliced meats, salami, olives, marinated artichokes, hard cheeses)
Cheese tray
Tomato/Mozzarella/Basil stacks drizzled w/ EVOO (see photo)
Nuts and seeds (sunflower seeds and macadamia nuts are best)
Spinach and Artichoke dip (recipe below)

White or Red wine

Fresh berries with cream
Sobe Popsicles

Belly Bad (high sugar and carbs):
Most buns, breads, rolls, crackers
Chips (you could have a few)
Pasta Salad
Fruit Salad
Cold Slaw
Potato Salad
Cocktails made with sodas, diet sodas or fruit juice
Hot Toddys
Most all desserts

You can tell I've been doing the BFC for awhile, because my good list is longer then the bad list. But I think you get the gist of it! I am having a little backyard BBQ myself tonight, and this is pretty much exactly what I am serving. I'd love to hear how you handle parties and social situations on a diet.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip:
1 can artichoke
2 cups Fresh Spinach
8oz cream cheese
Hot sauce - to taste
1/4 Mozzerella cheese
1 Cup Parmesan cheese

Saute the spinach until its cooked down. Drain the canned artichoke, chop into smaller pieces. Add chopped artichokes and cream cheese to saute pan. Stir and heat through. Mix in hot sauce to your liking and Parmesan cheese, spoon into small baking dish. Sprinkle Mozzarella on top. Cook for 25 minutes at 325 and serve with celery, sliced cucumbers or very low sugar/carb crackers.


  1. I'm bringing a smoked salmon spread to a family reunion tomorrow. I'll just skip the crackers. Will be cream cheese, smoked salmon, bacon & chives in the processor. Yum!

  2. thanks Amber! you always help us focus & show how easy it can be!

  3. Tif - Ill have to add that to my list, it sounds great! The party was really fun and informal. I stayed away from the chips, but they are a huge Costco bag with lots left - so Ill have to be strong. I also cutup zucchini like large matchsticks and they were a big success. I am loving raw zucchini!

  4. I see that cole slaw is on the "bad" list, and that makes sense with all the added sugar in most recipes and store-bought stuff, but it's super easy to make sugar-free. The crunch of slaw helps me not miss chips when I'm at a BBQ.

  5. Made my first Quinoa Taboule! Bought Organic Whole Grain QUINOA (Say:Keen-wa) from Costco (Bob's Red Mill) S/C Value = 0/2 , and followed directions on it's packaging (also added red bell pepper(color), peas, and walnuts. Very quick, easy, and it alone has 3g of fiber. Placed it over my green salad. I'm practicing ahead of time for our large family get together in a few weeks! Finished my 3rd week. Lost 5 lb. Yippee!

  6. I don't know if you answer questions like this, but what do you eat with hummus? Normally I would choose pita chips, but with BFC I need to look for something different. Carrots have too much sugar...any other ideas? Thanks for your help!

  7. Kasey - A little Taboule is great on the BFC!

    DawnL - with any dip use these items instead of chips or pita: celery, sliced cucumber, zucchini or bell peppers.