LA Weight Loss - Surviving the Memorial Day Weekend (and other party/picnic tips)

05-24-2007, 05:06 PM
So this weekend is the unofficial start to summer. I know a lot of us will be going to or hosting a party of some type. We all know what we "should" do, it's putting it into practice that's the hard part. And we all know the same old things about bringing a dish, planning ahead, etc. What I want to know from each of you is what specific thing or things are you going to do to get through the parties.

If you have a specific dish that's LAWL friendly, post it here or direct us to where it is in the recipe thread.

Do you have a strategy that is unique to help you get through all the goodies?

For those of us that like to imbibe, do you have a yummy OP cocktail? How about your strategies for only having as many as are on your plan?

C'mon, I want to know!

For me, I will be grilling marinated veggies and fresh pineapple. If you've never had fresh pineapple on the grill, it's fantastic! And I'll be eating veggie burgers in place of regular ones.

I have a recipe from my COD for a Very Berry Pie that I may make. The recipe is at home, but if someone doesn't post it before me, I will locate it and post. It was quite yummy and I had the leftovers for breakfast after I made it.

But give me strength from the pull of the liquid fruit...

05-24-2007, 05:12 PM
What about making that strawberry-kiwi lite drink with some diet Sprite and a splash of your favorite hard liquor. Like, less than an ounce, so it's only half a starch. And then have two of those, but maybe the next drink can be made with crystal lite or SF Kool-aid?

We've got patriotic-type duties to perform all day on Monday, so I expect we'll be fast-fooding it all day. My plan is to stick to salads and such, and then make up any missing foods (if there are any) when I get home. For once, I'm thankful not to be going to any picnics or BBQ's...the potato salad can't tempt me from THIS far away, hah!

05-24-2007, 05:17 PM
A mojito always makes a very nice summery drink, and it's totally POP, just rum, club soda, a little splash of lime juice, and a crushed mint leaf, served over crushed ice.

05-24-2007, 05:20 PM
Hhmmm... Mojito... It usually contains simple syrup too. But I never thought of taking it out and making it that way. Good one!

Mama Nicole
05-24-2007, 06:07 PM
I could just kiss you, Cassi!!! You are way better than my COD ever was :) Thanks!!!

05-24-2007, 07:18 PM
You're too sweet!

Just thinkin'... you could take Joni's Cherry-Lemonade Slushie and add 1oz vodka to it... (Fr,S)

05-25-2007, 08:58 AM
From the LA Summer Guide I received last summer:

Very Berry Pie (LA Chef Recipe)

1 3/4c ff cool whip
1 prepared rf graham cracker pie crust
1c fresh blueberries
1c fresh raspberries
1T sugar substitute (Splenda)
1c skim milk
1 4 serving pkg sf instant white chocolate pudding mix

Spread 1/4c cool whip into pie crust. Combine berries and sugar substitute. Spoon 1c of berries over topping.

In a bowl, whisk the milk and pudding mix for 2 mins. Let stand 2 mins. or until soft set. Spoon over berries. Spread remaining cool whip over pudding and top with remaining berries.

Refrigerate for 45 minutes or longer. Serve.

8 servings
1/8 pie = 1Fr, 1S, 1C

This handout also has recipes for Greek Salad, Tuna Nicoise, Fresh Green Bean Salad, Summer Vegetable Chopped Salad, BBQ Chicken, Seafood Skewers, Stout Flank Steak, Crab Cakes, Vegetable Skewers, Grilled Fries, Grilled Peach Parfait, Biscotti Sundaes, and Strawberry Pie.

Since I'm working I don't have time to post them all, but if you want to see anything specific, especially before any parties this weekend, let me know and I will post.

Repo girl
05-25-2007, 09:57 AM
I make my mojito with Sprite Zero so that you get the sweet into it without the simple syrup. I also often use True Lime powder instead of lime juice. It is easier if you are taking it all camping or to a barbeque.

05-25-2007, 11:08 AM
We're cooking out on Sunday... Hot dogs for the family and friends, and Liz and I will dine on turkey burgers with Boar's Head White Cheddar Horseradish cheese (and green chile, of course)...

I don't think we'll need to get too creative with the drinks.. Probably some sun tea and capri suns for the kiddos... And diet coke, of course...

05-25-2007, 11:14 AM
Mmmmm...white cheddar horseradish cheese. I need to get some of that!

05-25-2007, 11:15 AM
You know, I was watching Sponge Bob with my DD last night and 2 of the characters were eating hot dogs...I soooo badly wanted to go get a hot dog! Isn't that funny? Of all things, I was craving a hot dog!

05-25-2007, 11:22 AM
Try the Morningstar Farms veggie dogs wrapped in a split 4" pita.

05-25-2007, 11:24 AM
Great idea, Cassi! I may have to get some and we can do some grilling tonight!

05-25-2007, 11:28 AM
I just avoid 'em like the plague.. If I can't have a big juicy ballpark-style dog in a real bun, then I'd rather just not have them...

05-25-2007, 11:51 AM
I'm a sucker for the Hebrew National. And the 98% FF ones aren't too bad. Only 100 calories each too. Hhmmm, now that I think about it, I should ask the LA Dietician about that. Maybe I could get two for 1P.

05-25-2007, 12:28 PM
Last weekend, I was at a campfire and they were making hot dogs. We'd been running late and hadn't had time to get dinner on the way, so by midnight I was STARVING and agreed to have one hot dog. It wasn't very good, but my mind told me that I LOVED hot dogs, so that it MUST be good. So I had another one, you know, just to make sure that I still loved hot dogs, and that one wasn't very good either. I'd been up for almost 24 straight hours by then, so my brain wasn't working right, and I reached for a third hot dog. Finally the LAWL-angel inside of me woke up and screeched, STOP IT!!! NO HOT DOGS FOR YOU, and THESE AREN'T EVEN ANY GOOD ANYWAY!!!, so I fed the second half of that one to the dog. *sigh*

I'm happy to report that I've recovered from my nasty-hot-dog episode, and will remember how gross they tasted for the next time I'm confronted with that piece of my brain that insists that I'll like them if only I try them.

(Granted, they were an off-brand, and not nicely charred like I really like them to be....oh my....*drools*....I need to stop thinking about hot dogs. They're gross, Megan, just remember that they're gross. Even the charred ones that PRETEND to be good. Gross. All of them. Now get back to work.)

05-25-2007, 02:53 PM
Just thinkin'... you could take Joni's Cherry-Lemonade Slushie and add 1oz vodka to it... (Fr,S)

I think I'm going to have one of those in about 3 hours...quitten time!! I bought some frozen cherries at Trader Joe's the other day. Thanks Nicole!

(Megan - your hot dog conversation with yourself is too funny. I'm with Cassi on the Hebrew Natl FF dogs...we can get a 'mater from Nicole's garden, a pickle slice and do it Chicago style....yum!)

05-25-2007, 03:06 PM
True, the HN ones do rocketh mightily. Chicago-style dogs are my ultimate favorite. Mmm....celery salt on a family thought I was nuts when I "salted" my dog until they tried it. :)

05-25-2007, 05:36 PM
I'm a sucker for the Hebrew National. And the 98% FF ones aren't too bad. Only 100 calories each too. Hhmmm, now that I think about it, I should ask the LA Dietician about that. Maybe I could get two for 1P.

Do you think they'd get back to you before Sunday.. If they're allowed, Liz and I could skip the burgers and go for the dogs...

05-25-2007, 06:36 PM
No, it'll be too late, Dan. But... since I was told that I could count two vegan veggie burgers (70 calories each) as 2 for 1P ONCE A WEEK (on blue/gold protein amounts), then maybe, just this once, you could do it. But remember to drink LOTS of water because the salt police will come to get you. Oh, wait a minute... you ARE the salt police! Hey guys... the salt police will be taking the day off on Sunday so it's a free for all!!! :D

If you're on purple, two veggie burgers = 1P, so you could probably get away with it. Liz may be stretching it, but it's only by less than 50 calories, so if they rest of the day is OP, that's not too bad. And splitting the 4" pita and wrapping each one in a half pita really works too. :)

05-25-2007, 08:05 PM
Okay...somebody just posted about those tip cards in a thread a few back and it says that we CAN have hot dogs! If you go to, click on nutrition and health and look at the tip card for picnics, it very clearly says..."Hot Dog-with mustard or ketchup, beef, regular, 1 hot dog and 1 bun." It counts as 1/2P, 2S, 2F. Hope that gives you some hope!:hungry:

05-26-2007, 04:48 PM
Unless you're on maintenance, you only get 1 fat a day. That's why hot dogs aren't on our plan. They'll come back later.

05-26-2007, 07:09 PM
Unless you're on maintenance, you only get 1 fat a day. That's why hot dogs aren't on our plan. They'll come back later.

Too True. I over looked that.

05-27-2007, 11:54 AM
Darn fats! Either we don't use them or we want more. Why, oh why is there no happy medium???