The holiday season is a wonderful time. There’s lots of great food, time with family, lots of great food, wonderful smelling stores, and, once again, lots of great food. Unfortunately, much of the amazing food available at this time of year isn’t exactly healthy. And with all of the holiday parties that you, your family, and your friends host, it can be easy to lose sight of your healthy eating goals.
Since I’m not a fan of restrictive dieting, it is even more important that I find ways to keep each day as healthy as possible. All the tasty treats at holiday parties can quickly add up to a incredibly excessive evening. If, like many people, you attend five or six parties over the holiday season, these delectable morsels can deposit serious numbers into your calorie bank, often without boasting many nutritional benefits.
My solution is generally to bring one or two healthy h’orderves or dishes to share. This choice, unlike simply eating before parties, allows me to eat and enjoy with my friends and leaves open the option of sampling any other healthy treats that people bring.
*Make sure to consider the host when bringing food. Some hosts will be understanding and even grateful, while the occasional host might be offended.
Here’re some of my favorite healthy holiday party foods. Make them all for your own party or take one or two to someone else’s.
Appetizers make a nice addition to any gathering. All of these are so good you’ll be fielding requests for the recipe all night.
Bruschetta– Always a favorite at family gatherings, bruschetta is a quick and simple dish to share. If you can source your tomatoes from a local greenhouse it will taste even better!
Butternut Squash Potstickers– I’ve only made a small quantity of these, but they were absolutely amazing. If the party is small or you have time to fill a many potstickers, these make a great addition to any holiday bash.
Cucumber Bites– While these may not scream Yuletide, these refreshing appetizers make taste delicious and balance out all the heavy sweets sure to be present.
Winter Spring Rolls– These yummy spring rolls are more filling than the average veggie roll. While the unique ingredients might take some talking up, once other guests try it they will demand you bring these to all gatherings!
If sweets are more your style, you can still take some with a healthy twist.
Cinnamon Apple Angel Food Cake– This dessert is already a light treat with the metabolism boosting power of cinnamon, but if you add some sautéed apples it ups the nutritional ante even more!
Fruit Salad Cups- Fruit is simply and healthy way satisfy a sweet tooth. This honey-citrus glaze adds an interesting pop that will make this colorful fruit salad the hit of the party.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip– While the addition of pumpkin puree to these cookies does not automatically make them healthy, they are still a healthier alternative when you want this classic cookie. Take advantage of the large supply of pumpkin to whip up a batch to share.