Holiday Party Post-op WLS Style

~~posted by Jen

Submitted by our pal Christine S, she made Nik’s pumpkin roll cake.

‘Tis the season! Lots of shopping, busy schedules, running hither and yon trying to get it all done. Sound familiar? Of course at some point in the next few weeks, you’re expected to have some guests over to your house for drinks and nibbles, or something of the sort.

Holiday entertaining does NOT have to be stressful. So quit freaking out, take a deep breath, and let’s make a plan here! I (humbly) consider myself pretty good at throwing together a slamming party in a hurry, for very little cash and effort. I’ve had years of practice!

I love love love having people over, even if I don’t have two nickels to rub together, as my Granny would say. You can set out a delicious and WLS-friendly appetizer buffet, make a big bowl of WLS-friendly punch or Hot Mulled Cider Mocktail, put some good music on, and it’s a holiday party!

Here’s your Bariatric Foodie menu for a WLS-friendly Holiday Party that will have your friends and family begging for more! Best of all, they won’t even know it’s healthy!

Dips and Spreads:
Jen’s Cuban Sandwich Spread
Creamy Crab Dip
Curried Chicken Salad
Jane’s Spicy Jalapeno Dip

Creamy Crab Dip


Appetizers/Finger Foods:
Spinach Balls
Nik’s Magic Meatballs
Tilapia Stuffed Mushrooms
Thai Chicken Skewers

Spinach Balls

Nik’s protein cheesecake
Jen’s chocolate trifle
Nik’s pumpkin roll cake
Nik’s cheesecake cheeseball with fruit slices


Protein Cheesecake Cheeseball

Hot Mulled Cider
Nik’s Sugar Free Egg Nog
Witches’ Brew Punch (call it Happy Holidays Punch)
Nik’s Citrus Green Tea
Nik’s ideas for Flavored Waters

Hot Mulled Cider

So there’s your menu, all you need now is to light a few candles, turn on the Christmas tree, and light the fireplace. Don’t have a fireplace? Put a Yule Log DVD in the DVD player and it will put one on your tv screen.

Now all that’s left is to set up some tunes on the stereo. Here are a few of my personal favorite Holiday albums that are excellent in the background of a party. (Yes, I have eccentric taste in music, thanks for noticing.)

Music Suggestions:
When My Heart Finds Christmas Harry Connick, Jr–When My Heart Finds Christmas

Harry for the HolidaysHarry Connick, Jr–Harry For The Holidays

Christmas ClassicsBing Crosby–Christmas Classics

12 Songs of ChristmasEtta James–12 Songs of Christmas

White ChristmasMartina McBride–White Christmas

Glee: The Music, The Christmas AlbumGlee Cast–The Music, The Christmas Album

NOW That's What I Call A Country Christmas Various Artists–Now That’s What I Call A Country Christmas

Taylor Swift - Holiday Collection / Sounds of the Season CD Taylor Swift–Holiday Collection/ Sounds of the Season

The Best of Louis Armstrong - The Christmas Collection: 20th Century Masters Louis Armstrong & Friends–The Christmas Collection

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas [Remastered]Ella Fitzgerald–Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas

There you have it, a simple yet fabulous holiday party all on one page! So call your friends, set out some snacks, and relax and enjoy your guests!

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