Are you looking for some ways to make your Christmas party healthier? I love going to Christmas parties but most of the time the food that is served isn’t always the healthy. It is so much easier to serve healthy foods when you are the host and can plan out what you want to serve your holiday guests. However, when you aren’t the hostess then you don’t always know what is going to be served. Don’t worry I will share some tips on how to conquer that as well in the next few days. But for now, you can try these 6 fail-proof ways to host a healthy Christmas party or gathering.
Pick Out Healthy Appetizers to Serve
On Friday evening, I headed to Kroger to pick up a few of my favorite healthy party appetizers. This time of year it can be easy to revert to your old habits and pick up your favorite holiday appetizers. Since I have worked hard throughout the year to lose weight, I wanted to make sure that I came up with some new healthy holiday appetizers.
As I was walking around Kroger, I stopped by the deli section and found Boar’s Head Hummus in the deli case with the gourmet cheese, Boar’s head lunch meat, and other deli items. Hummus is an excellent alternative to high-calorie dips or cheeses. It is a made from cooked or mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic. Here are a few popular Boar’s Head Hummus flavors.
1. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
2. Traditional Hummus
3. Kalamata Olive Tapenade Hummus
4. Roasted Garlic Hummus
5. Roasted Pine Nut Hummus
6. Fiery Chipotle Pepper Hummus
7. Fire Roasted Artichoke & Spinach Hummus
8. Southwest Style Black Bean Hummus
9. Tuscan Style White Bean Hummus
I picked up Roasted Red Pepper and Southwest Style Black Bean Hummus. My son helped me grab some pretzels, low-fat triscuits, small bell peppers, and grape tomatoes. The festive platter below is for my guests to munch on while I am busy making the finishing touches on the main meal.
This plate of appetizers only took less than 5 minutes to prepare. I enjoyed the Southwest Style Black Bean Hummus. It had a touch of spice to it. On the other hand, my oldest son preferred the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.
Choose Lean Meats and Pick a Healthy Recipe to Serve
When deciding on the main course to serve your guests, you should choose lean meat for your main dish. I usually serve turkey breast, chicken breast, or another lean meat. Once you choose your meat, then you need to figure out how you are planning on cooking it. Choose a healthy recipe so that you don’t add a ton of additional calories to your main dish. You can even modify your favorite recipe with lower fat options or swap ingredients to make it healthier.
Prepare Healthy Side Dishes
Do prepare a variety of healthy side dishes for your guests to enjoy. I love using frozen steamable vegetables, fixing a few of my favorite healthy Christmas side dish recipes, and a side dish that is kid friendly.
Skip the Bread
Bread is very tasty and it is super easy to overindulge in. If you do serve bread, opt for buying 1 piece per guest. This will help prevent your guests from accidentally overindulging. Plus, adding butter or other ingredients adds additional calories.
Opt for Healthy Dessert Choices
Sweets are my favorite thing to indulge in especially around the holidays. It is another area that is super easy to eat too much of if you aren’t paying attention. Try serving fresh fruit, low-calorie desserts, or even skip it altogether. Here are a few more ideas on how to make healthy dessert options:
- Reduce fat by replacing oils with applesauce, fruit juice, fruit puree.
- Skip traditional flour and use whole wheat flour or almond flour
- Use low-fat versions of milk, cream, cream cheese.
- Replace sugar with stevia or another sugar substitute
- Opt for egg whites instead of eggs. You will need 2 egg whites per egg in the recipe.
- Don’t grease your pans with butter or crisco. Use cooking spray in its place. You can also use parchment paper whenever possible
- Find new healthy dessert options.
Offer Low-Calorie Drink Options for your Guests
Beverages can easily add additional calories to your meal and it can easily add up. Opt for low-calorie beverages such as unsweet tea, sparkling water, diet soda, or lemon wedges for guests to be able to add to their water if desired.
The holidays make it super easy to overindulge. Every time that you turn around, there is always a holiday gathering going on where there is food or sweets involved. Staying healthy during the holidays is super important to me and I hope that you enjoyed my 6 fail-proof ways to host a healthy Christmas party or gathering.