Healthy Holiday Potluck: Bring a Healthy Dish

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In the weeks before the holidays, it seems that we are often invited to one or more parties and/or family get-togethers every other night. Therefore, we are faced with unhealthy options at many of these functions. In a previous post, we looked at how to maintain your healthy eating habits during the busy holiday season.

Now we are going to look at ways you can bring healthy holiday dishes to these holiday potluck functions. This is your year to shine with that healthy dish the next time you are asked to bring something to a holiday party.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Healthy Holiday Veggies and Dip

Bring a veggie plate. Just cut up some fresh veggies. Good choices are celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumber. Add some baby carrots and grape tomatoes. Serve it with a low fat ranch dip (plain or maybe flavored) and you’re good to go.

2. Healthy Holiday Fruits and Dip 

A fruit platter is another good option. Serve in-season some fruit in bite-size chunks with a side of low-fat vanilla yogurt. Wash the strawberries, peel and cut up some apples, pears, cantaloupe, and even some fresh pineapple for a sweet treat that’s actually good for you.

3.Healthy Holiday Cheese and Crackers

All cheese platters don’t have to be full of high-fat items. You can make a platter of several low-fat cheeses and get a box of whole-wheat crackers. To make it even more fun, use some holiday cookie cutters and cut the cheese into shapes. Arrange everything on a platter and take it to the party.

4. Bring A Salad

A salad of mixed greens with other veggies mixed in always makes for a great side dish. Salads also go with any other foods that are served. Start with some basic mixed greens, preferably dark greens. Add some red and yellow peppers for color and some slices of cucumber for texture. Top it off with some grape tomatoes. Include several ready-made low-fat dressings from the grocery store to serve with your healthy holiday salad.

5. Bring Smaller Dessert Bites

There are also desserts to consider. Most holiday desserts are pretty high in calories and fat — it’s why they are so delicious! But you can try smaller bites that are tasty but offer better portion control as long as you don’t eat too many!

Suggestions for these types of desserts include peanut butter cookie balls (peanuts and peanut butter, dates, and vanilla covered in chocolate) or chocolate covered coconut balls (coconut, honey, and vanilla dipped in chocolate).  You could also consider smaller portions of traditional desserts like mini-cupcakes or muffins, mini-pies or tarts, or mini-cookies.

No matter what healthy holiday dish you bring to the party, you want it to be beautiful and tasty. Hopefully, these suggestions will help you achieve those goals during this season.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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This article provides general information and discussion about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this article, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.


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