10 Healthy Holiday Party Tips
Your guide to a guilt-free winter bash.
7. Dish up lighter (or littler) desserts. Let's be honest: it
wouldn't be a holiday party without holiday desserts. So make it easy for your
guests. Serve light desserts when possible, and offer dessert trays with
bite-size samples. When serving up desserts, think about portions that are two
to four bites -- just enough to taste and enjoy. Your guests can always have
more! You can use cupcake papers to hold bite-sized portions (small-sized
cookies and even cake or pie can be cut into petite portions). You can also use
mini cupcake pans to make bite-sized cupcakes, cakes, brownies, and cheesecake.
Also, keep dessert embellishments light when possible (try light vanilla ice
cream, fat-free or lite Cool Whip, etc).
8. Encourage physical activity (G-rated, of course!) at the party. It
depends on the type of party you're having, but possibilities include:
- Holiday caroling or a moonlight, candlelight, or flashlight walk around
your neighborhood (weather permitting).
- Pingpong, billiards, foosball, or other games that involve some
9. Offer light condiments on the buffet. Try spicy mustard, light or
low-fat mayo, barbecue sauce, cranberry sauce, fruit chutney, relishes, and so
10. Have an appetizer and dessert party or a dinner/buffet party
instead of serving appetizers AND dinner AND dessert). When faced with too many
food options, most people will eat too much. And while we're at it, go ahead
and banish candy dishes from the party. As long as you have other food on hand,
you won't need them. People can have candy any time of year.
BONUS TIP: Have small plates out at your buffet or dessert/appetizer
table to encourage people to serve themselves smaller portions. But I'm
warning you, some people will still pile every possible morsel onto their small
plate. I've seen people at a holiday reception stack dozens of cookies onto
their small plates, creating a Christmas tree of cookies.
For some light party ideas, check out these recipes from the Weight Loss
Clinic's collection (and see two new additions below):
- Sun-dried tomato pesto torta
- Raw veggies and hummus
- Easy cheesy ball
- Russian tea cakes
- Grand Marnier fudge