How to Host a Healthier Holiday Party
Hosting a healthier holiday party is easier than you think. Use the ideas below to keep your healthy lifestyle on track while hosting over the holidays.
- Use Pinterest to find healthier takes on common recipes such as mashed potatoes and cream sauces.
- Offer bite-size variations of classically heavy entrees to keep portion sizes down.
- Fruit and veggie hors d’oeuvres have come a long way in the presentation and flavor department. Don’t be afraid to try new and unusual food displays to entice your guests. Check out some great examples on our Healthy Recipes Pinterest board.
- Select whole wheat crackers, breads and other bakery items over highly-processed items.
- Remember to follow food safety precautions.
- Try swapping out two egg whites for every whole egg in a recipe to reduce cholesterol.
- Opt for low-sodium bases for your soups and gravies.
- Fat-free or greek yogurt are great substitutes for sour cream in dips and entrees.
- Select lean meats such as turkey or chicken breast over heavier options in meatballs etc.
- Use dessert size or medium-size plates to help keep portion sizes to a minimum.
- Setup hosting areas away from the food tables to prevent endless nibbling.
- Place healthier food options at the beginning of the food line.
- Set out skinnier/taller drink glasses as opposed to wide-rimmed drink glasses to help cut down on drink sizes and thusly calories.
- Don’t forget to set out the water. Offering guests ice water, bottled water or even fancier fruited-water options are all great ways to keep everyone happily hydrated.
- Relaxed guests typically consume fewer calories so keep the environment low key with dim lighting and mellow surroundings.
- Once the meal is over, put the left-overs away. When your guests are ready to snack, bring out the lighter fare.
- Label the food options and include calorie information.
- Offer to cut desserts in half or to send food portions home.