Here’s how you can throw a healthy holiday party this year!

All set to host the holiday party this year?

Wish to keep it healthy?

Looking for tips and tricks to throw a guilt-free party?

Well, if that’s the case, you’ve landed at the right place. Here are the best tips that’ll help you throw an amazing holiday party that’s full of taste and health!

Pack your shopping cart with greens:

The very first thing that pops up in our minds when we talk about healthy eating is “green leafy vegetables”, isn’t it? Haven’t we all been told to give a special importance to veggies and fruits in our diet right from our childhood days?

Well, that’s where this holiday party tip comes from. Set up a party menu that includes dishes made up of veggies and fruits. Pack your shopping cart with plenty of fresh vegetables including sweet potatoes, broccoli, carrots, green beans, apples, berries, pineapples and all the healthy stuff you can. You can either serve these veggies and fruits as salads or skewers or as a topping for your other dishes.

Fresh fruits and vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables

Serve portion controlled desserts:

A celebration is never complete without desserts, agreed?

But that doesn’t mean you have to go crazy serving all sorts of candies and pies and puddings at your holiday party!

When you plan to host a healthy holiday party, consider serving desserts that facilitate portion control. Instead of serving those high-calorie cakes, cupcakes or pies, opt for small cookies or brownies cut into 2-inch squares. Further, try and offer bite-size samples that are just enough to taste and enjoy.

Brownies
Brownies

Downsize the serving plates and bowls:

Whether you believe it or not it is a fact- “The bigger the plate, the more people tend to eat.” So, make it a point to downsize the serving plates and bowls at this holiday party.

The reason?

Your guests won’t be able to place much food on the teeny tiny plates. This further implies much fewer calories and less fat consumed.  You can follow this rule for drinks as well. Set the bar with tall, skinny highball glasses instead of short, wide tumblers so that your guests do not drink much.

Skinny highball glasses
Skinny highball glasses

Place the low-calorie items at the beginning of the buffet:

It’s advisable to go with the 50% rule while serving the food. Fill up the 50% place on the buffet table with healthy and filling foods such as vegetable and fruit salads.

Help your guests avoid overeating starchy foods. Consider placing food items such as brothy soups, salads, and skewers at the beginning of the buffet.

Fruit salad
Fruit salad

Serve lighter versions of dips and sauces: 

This is yet another way of keeping your party healthy yet exciting. Make it a point to keep the dips and spreads as light as possible.

Wondering how you can do that?

Well, it’s very easy. All you have to do is substitute the caloric versions of the regular ingredients used to make dips and spreads with the low or non-fat versions.

Low fat dips
Low-fat dips

Go light on protein: 

Wish to serve protein at your party?

You need not serve those heavy protein dishes. You can simply opt for the lighter ones and can further opt for low-fat cooking methods. Some of the best dishes to serve at your healthy holiday party are roasted sliced turkey breast, lean ham, and grilled or broiled salmon filet.

Broiled salmon
Broiled salmon

Follow these tips and you’ll surely be able to help your guests enjoy a healthy and memorable holiday party this year!

Courtesy: PartyVapours

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