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Tonight's Christmas Party Challenge

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tonight is the family Christmas Party at the assisted living center where my Dad lives. It's at 5:30, which is supper time for me. It's not for a meal, though; the invitation says "finger foods and holiday treats." So I've made my plan and decided to share it with you.

This morning was my usual type of breakfast, including plenty of protein, one fruit and one vegetable, and a whole grain serving. I ate a late lunch today, so I won't be particularly hungry in just four hours. I fixed a BIG salad, with three veggies and a fruit. Added in sesame seeds and plenty of low-fat cheese protein. As you can tell, I'm not expecting much in the way of unadulterated fruits or vegetables tonight!

Now I can keep an eye out for relatively high protein finger foods and maybe some more (whole grain?) carbs. I'll be sticking with water to drink during the party. And that will leave me room for one holiday treat. A cookie? A peppermint brownie? I'll have to decide after I get there, and I can count on my husband Paul's support for my choice of just one treat.

Then I can track after I get home and see where the holes are. I have plain nonfat Greek yogurt and other possibilities if I come home needing anything in particular, I always have fruits and vegetables around if I find myself short on calories or just needing a snack before bed.

So now I'm off for a nap, a warm shower, and plenty of time to dress and do makeup. Planning to feel rested, look great, and have a wonderful time - and all with knowing that I'll still be within the calorie and nutrition goals of my food plan!

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