'Tis the season to be jolly! But, between gift shopping, parties, and traveling, it can be hard to find time to stick to a healthy diet.
The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends, but they can also be a time of overindulgence. If you're worried about eating too much or spending too much money, consider these benefits of eating healthy during the holidays. Eating well will help you feel more energized and enjoy all the festivities without feeling guilty. So go ahead and indulge in some holiday treats, but make sure to include plenty of healthy foods, too!
In this blog post, we’re breaking down just a couple of fun and healthy food dishes that you can bring to holiday parties, for everyone to enjoy! [source for party dish ideas]
Even though crostini is obviously bread and can be unhealthy when over-indulged in, you get bonus points for adding some healthy fats and veggies on top such as pesto and diced tomatoes (my favorite)!
2. Shrimp Cocktail
This is always a party favorite, and is also packed with protein! Shrimp is also a great source of B12 and antioxidants.
3. Your Basic Cheese Platter
Everyone loves a cheese platter and it’s guaranteed the platter will be totally gone by the end of the party (or sooner than that). I typically like to do a variety spread of different cheeses, organic, of course—plenty to pick from!
Again, one of my favorites. You can’t go wrong with an organic mozzarella, along with some basil and cherry tomatoes. They can all be separated or you can put a toothpick between them all and make it a kebob of sorts.
5. Cauliflower Bites
This will be a fan favorite for anyone who is going for lower-calorie or is a vegetarian. You can do a lot with cauliflower such as turning them into little “popcorn” bites or “wings.” I personally love to cut the cauliflower florets up into small pieces, sauté, and mix them up together with some buffalo or BBQ sauce, or dipped in your favorite low-calorie ranch dressing. Delicious!
The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. It can also be a time when overeating becomes the norm. This is why it’s so important to make sure you have plenty of healthy options available in your home this holiday season! With just a few simple changes in our eating habits, we can avoid weight gain over the winter months and live healthier lives overall.
Be sure to use these holiday party dish ideas and comment below when you try them!