I have no idea what to serve at my party. It's my birthday and I can't have pizza or anything too fatty because my parents are weird like that. So what should I do?
Isabel from Everett, WA
Good for you for thinking to provide 'healthy' snacks. Your parents are pretty smart, I think (although it might be a few years before you appreciate the fact).
Baked pretzels, available in the junk food section of your grocery store, are very tasty (they come in either sticks or traditional pretzel shapes. Serve with mustard for a bit of variety.
Fresh vegetables (carrots, celery, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, broccoli spears and cauliflower florets are also ver nice. To keep them from being too boring, make an easy sauce using a low-fat ranch dressing (but if you want something else, e-mail me and I'll send you and easy recipe: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Make your own nacho chips (buy pita bread, sprinkle them with a few spices, bake them at 250 degrees F for 5 minutes and then cut them into wedges) and serve those with no-fat salsa (just read the labels on the salsa jars at the grocery store).
Baked crackers are also available at your grocery store. Serve those with baked salmon tips (spiced pieces of salmon).
Shrimp with cocktail sauce has virutally no fat (again, pay attention to the label on the jar of sauce).
Fresh fruit is always nice and contains virtually no fat (don't use coconut).
If money isn't a problem, add smoked salmon, sushi rolls (some contain no fish whatsoever) and lobster bits.
Years from now? When you and perhaps your friends start worrying about your weight? Your friends and you might like to know about some of these things.
Again, feel free to be in touch if you require additional suggestions.
Have fun at the party, and Happy Birthday!
shish kebab (spelling??) it might be fun for everyone to build their own. provide several types cut up veggies and maybe two kinds of meat (lean of course) you could have two or more kinds of dipping sauces. there is a thai peanut sauce that is great for dipping. do an internet search and youll probably get a million ideas for kebabs and sauces.
you could do a fondue for dipping fruit for desert. chocolate dipped strawberries are almost decadent and they don't have a lot of calories or fat. well...unless you dip them repeatedly till they are like dipped candles wiht an inch of chocolate!!!
then fill in with a lot of games or dances so the whole party isn't just about food and voila......success!
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