10 Healthy Holiday Party Tips
8. Go green. Toss a gorgeous salad with spinach -- which is rich in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, iron, and calcium -- rather than plain ol’ lettuce, Jamieson-Petonic says.
Make your own simple, low-calorie dressing from olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, and lemon juice; then add toasted pecans, lighter cheeses (like feta), tangerine slices, apples, pears, and dried fruit.
9. Shrink the desserts. A holiday party just isn’t right without tempting sweets. So don’t skip them, Thayer says. Just offer very small portions. That way, your guests can taste a little bit of everything.
Consider making many treats fruit-based. “Don’t underestimate fruit’s place at the dessert table,” she says. “Dishes like an apple baked with lots of cinnamon can look great and taste amazing.”
10. Keep ’em movin’. Give your guests something to do, Thayer says. It’s better for circulation, digestion, and calorie-burning than standing or sitting around. Start a game of charades or a scavenger hunt. Clear an area for dancing, or dust off that foosball or pool table. If it's warm outside, offer bocce ball or horseshoes. Organize guests into teams and stage a competition -- anything to keep people off the sofa.