Planning Healthy Holiday Parties
By Brandi Goodman
The holidays provide an excuse to indulge for many. The problem though is that many overindulge in far too many sweets and unhealthy foods. This can lead to weight gain, feelings of sluggishness, a sick stomach, and more. If you plan on having a holiday party, be sure to plan a healthy one that provides plenty of beneficial options for you and your guests.
Have a Food-Free Space
Being in close proximity to food for the entire duration of the party is going to increase people's chances of wanting to pick at the food continuously. It's best to have at least one food-free space at the event so guests can get away from the table.
Start With Salad
Serve salad at your get-together so guests can fill up on something light and nutritious rather than filling their plates with starchy foods and fattening choices. Keep other offerings out of sight until a little later, after salad and some healthy appetizers have been served first.
You can serve all the typical offerings that the holidays bring. Mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, mac and cheese, pies, and other common dishes can still be provided. Just be sure to make them in a healthy way. Make substitutions so you can cut calories, fat, and sugar down considerably.
Water should be the drink of choice at your gathering. You don't want to serve alcohol, soda pop, and juice that is full of sugar and calories. If you want to provide something flavorful then an infused water is a great choice. Add herbs and fruits to your water to soak so you can create a unique taste that boosts your nutrition.
Add Exercise to the Mix
Sitting around after a meal can make people feel sluggish. Be sure everyone is staying up and moving by adding exercise to the mix. Some simple games can do the trick, such as walking to the other end of the room with a balloon between the legs to drop it in the basket. Have a gift to open for the winner to up the incentive and make people want to play. You can also take a family walk or play a game of touch football outdoors if you desire. Turning up the music and having a dance party is also a great option.
A healthy holiday party is possible as long as you plan accordingly. Choose nutritious dishes and fit in some fun fitness opportunities as a way to get everyone invited on the right track toward health. The new year is just around the corner after all.
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