Since I started eating healthy I’ve started to notice how hard it is to eat well at parties. While that’s not always the goal, it’s nice as the hostess to make sure you always have at least one healthy option. I’ve found that even if only a few people are interested in the healthy food they are REALLY excited that it’s there.
If you are attending someone else’s party you can always bring a healthy side—it may end up being one of the only things you can eat.
Some of my favorite healthy party foods are:
- Party Pooper Chicken — full disclosure, this isn’t a favorite at all. It’s kind of a joke because it’s what I would eat before I’d go to any party when I’m eating super clean. The infamous name came from the owner of our gym when he made a Facebook post about excuses. I turned that post into an iPhone lock screen (non-retina here).
- Roasted Beet Hummus Crudités — beautiful, easy to eat and a hit with kids and adults. These also survive summer heat making them great for BBQs.
- Endive with Cabbage Slaw — I’ve not posted my own recipe for this yet, but it’s very similar to this one (minus the sugar) ›
- Smoked Salmon and Greek Yogurt on Cucumbers — protein and healthy! The only catch with these is that you have to keep them cold, I did this by filling a baking dish with ice and putting my serving plate on top.
- Watermelon Gazpacho — picked up this recipe at Salt Lake Culinary Center. I’ll post it the next time I make it. In the meantime you can make due with this recipe ›
- Guacamole and Cucumber Chips — a great thing to take if you don’t want to be “that guy”, you can take regular chips as well and then you are just the person who brought guac and chips (and then elected to eat your guac with cucumber slices).
- Vegan Chili — this is one of those rare recipes that vegans and meat eaters can both dig into. It’s hearty, keeps well in the fridge and can be served as a main dish. Again, I’ll post my recipe, but it’s base is this one from Emeril ›
- Roasted Cabbage — This makes a great appetizer when you are cooking dinner with friends. It is only good hot and fresh out of the oven and is best when you stand over the baking sheet and pull it apart with your fingers and nom it right there.
We all know that alcohol=calories. When I did my nutrition studies I learned that:
- 1g Fat = 9 calories
- 1g Carbs = 4 calories
- 1g Protein = 4 calories
- 1g Alcohol = 7 calories
Alcohol is already high cal, but then we always serve it with sugar (4 calories per gram), so it’s basically a big ol’ glass of extra pounds. Whatever, I drink it anyway, but I do it knowing what I’m getting in to.
Good — you can make boozy recipes better.
I started with this recipe for Summer Punch for my party. I swapped the sprite for club soda, it didn’t need that much sugar. I also swapped the raspberry garnish for lemon slices. Then I served it in tiny glasses, that helps you not just glug down 16 oz without thinking.
Better — you can make better cocktail choices.
Use club soda whenever possible (zero calories) versus tonic water. Gin and soda is really almost as good as gin and tonic and saves you 100+ calories.
Here are a few pins that will help you make healthy choices:
Best — skip the booze.
This is only recommended in extreme cases 🙂
I like a club soda with some lime or lemon, the look and feel of a cocktail, none of the calories. You can also try a kombucha or other different/special drink as long as you aren’t just trading alcohol for sugar.
What do you do to be healthy at parties?
I’d love to hear your tips and recipes for hosting or attending a party when you want to be healthier. Head on over to the closed Facebook Group to share!
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