The holidays are coming up fast and you’re busy planning your annual party to celebrate the seasons. You may start to panic when you realize that the foods you usually serve at your parties aren’t within your diet or the diets some of your guests are on. What do you do?
Don’t panic! There’s no reason you can’t serve some of the same foods at this party just as you’ve done in the past. You’ll just need to change the recipes a bit to make them healthier for you and your friends.
Here are some options of foods that are seen at these holiday parties that can made using healthier ingredients:
Pasta Salads are common side dishes that most people like to serve at their parties. These can be fattening if made the usual ways. You can take these dishes and use a low-fat Italian or vinaigrette dressing instead of the fattening mayonnaise most people like to use. If mayo is a necessity for you, then use the fat free kind.
Vegetables that are cut up and placed on a platter are excellent appetizers. The fattening part of this is the dips that are usually served with them. If the dip is delicious, then it will be tempting to use a lot of it. There are numerous low-fat recipes for dips that go well with vegetables - and most people probably won’t even know they are low in fat unless you tell them!
Lettuce salads are another common item to see at holiday parties. Salads are healthy, but the dressings usually aren’t. Have a variety of low-fat dressings available on the side and let your guests control the amount that’s put on their salad.
Desserts are essential treats for any party. Serve low-fat fudge for your guests so that no one has to worry about ruining their diet goals.
Turkey is fine - as long as you serve it without the skin. Ham is fine if you serve it plain or bake it with a low-fat or low-calorie glaze. If you must serve gravy with the meat, make low-fat gravy and keep it on the side so that your guests can either take it or leave it.
These are only a few samplings of what people like to serve at their holiday parties. The important thing to remember when planning your party menu is to simply find healthier ways to serve those dishes you’re longing to make. Your party will go over just as well with the healthier versions of popular party foods.