Hey guys, we’ve got a guest post today on great tips on how to host a healthy Holiday party! Enjoy and take some notes, these tips are sure to be useful in the coming weeks for your Holiday parties
The holiday season is in full swing and that means family, friends, festivities and lots of food. As if it isn’t hard enough to stay motivated through the cold winter months, sweet treats and heavy savory dishes are a traditional part of seasonal celebrations. However, you don’t have to fear decadent treats and create harsh restrictions to prevent overindulgence. There are a lot of ways to entertain guests without worrying about your waistlines. Below are some easy ideas for hosting a healthier holiday party.
Make it Veggie Heavy
Whether you’re hosting a dinner or just a party with hors d’oeuvres, featuring a vegetable heavy menu can reduce those typical feelings of guilt, and rightly so! Try providing a variety of roasted and seasoned produce. You could even cook a hearty vegetable based soup or gazpacho, like a thick and creamy butternut squash soup. Make your own veggie dips and sauces to further ensure low fat options for your guests.
Make Smart Substitutions
A lot of traditional entrees and desserts call for particularly large amounts of unhealthy ingredients. Look for ways to reduce these ingredients or do away with them completely. For example, Egg Beaters brand is actually substantially lower in cholesterol and fat than traditional eggs. Plain low fat Greek yogurt can be used as a substitute for sour cream in most instances, with a similar texture and tangy flavor. With less sodium and saturated fat, panko can be used in place of traditional breadcrumbs for an assortment of recipes. So whether it’s a family recipe or one you’re trying for the first time, take a careful look at the ingredients to see where you can make healthy changes.
Rethink Your Serving Sizes
Instead of serving heaping portions, offer your guests more bite-sized options. Turkey meatballs and baked chicken drumsticks served with a savory dipping sauce make quick and easy appetizers. For savory and sweet dishes alike, figure out ways to make servings smaller. Mini-muffin tins are excellent portion control tools. For larger dishes, divide things into smaller slices for easy serving.
Also try using smaller plates. Although they may look heaping with food, it’s a tricky way to regulate portions, especially for those guests whose eyes are bigger than their stomachs.
Get Clever with Cocktails
People frequently (and conveniently) forget how many calories are consumed in beer and mixed drinks. Thankfully you don’t have to choose between a yummy Christmas ale and dinner sides. Do the hard work for your guests, and serve low calorie cocktails and mixers. For parties with a large number of people, serve a tasty punch or hot cider.
Don’t Forget Dessert
You can’t celebrate the holidays without an assortment of treats. But never fear; healthy desserts do exist. Snacks like gluten-free chocolate wafers and gingersnaps are easy and festive. Or grill fruits like Bosc pears, peaches, or plums. Sprinkle with cinnamon, a little sugar and dash of nutmeg and serve with a dollop of fresh whipped cream or a scoop of Greek frozen yogurt. Your guests will be more than impressed by these guilt free treats.
Author Bio: Brittany writes about health and lifestyle on behalf of Healthy Choice. For tips and advice on low calorie meals, balanced diet and more, visit www.healthychoice.com . Don’t diet, live healthy!