Just because you are hosting a party or event doesn’t mean you can’t provide a healthy spread of catered food. And just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious! Learn some great tips for healthy catering, and impress your guests with a tasty and healthy meal selection!
Coffee and Tea Station
Although many people try to avoid caffeine on a healthy diet, the truth is that a little bit of caffeine can actually help boost metabolism by 3 to 11 percent, according to Healthline.com. So add in a tea and coffee station to promote energy and metabolism progress.
As for a healthy start, skip the calorie-filled hors d’oeuvres and deep-fried foods, and instead, opt for an all-inclusive salad bar. Include as many vegetable options as possible, such as tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bean sprouts, olives, and onions. For toppers, skip the cheese and try a selection of nuts and legumes, like sunflower seeds, almonds, and pecans instead; you can even add in dried fruits like cranberries or cherries. As for lettuce options, go above and beyond the traditional iceberg and opt for spinach, kale, bok choy, cabbage, Swiss chard, and other fancy greens! As for dressings, provide a selection of healthy, oil and vinegar-based options; even fresh-squeezed lemon juice is a wonderful alternative to bottled dressings.
Deli Sandwiches or Protein-Based Meals
For casual events and parties, deli sandwich trays are the perfect healthy option. Not only are they healthy and fresh, they are filling, so guests will not feel meal-deprived when they leave. For more formal events and occasions, you can opt for a hot plate selection of protein-based meals. Choose a meal plan that includes one protein, one fat source (olive oil, butter, cream sauce, cheese, etc.), and a low-carb vegetable. This is a hearty and healthy meal that will satisfy even the pickiest of guests.
No lunch or dinner is complete without a dessert selection. But instead of adding refined sugary sweets to your catering plan, opt for some fresh fruit instead. In many cultures around the world, fruit is consumed as a dessert, rather than a snack. Choose sweet and satisfying fruits, like berries, melon, pears, and grapes. You can even provide a healthy fruit dip made from yogurt and low-calorie whipped cream.