Healthy Holiday Series: Holiday Platter Tips

Need to get some food together for a holiday party? Whether you’re hosting a gathering at home or picking up something on the way to a party, here are a few holiday party snacks you can get pre-made in the grocery store.

Spice Up the Crudité

In the produce section, you will likely find a traditional veggie crudité platter that comes with celery, carrots and other assorted veggies. Instead of the high-fat Ranch dip that usually comes with it, substitute a heart-healthy hummus dip. Check out our hummus picks for the tastiest brands with the least amount of sodium. Other good options include low-sodium salsa, low-fat Greek yogurt dips and guacamole.

Bring the Rainbow

Winter is a time for many delicious seasonal fruits such as persimmons, pears, apples, oranges, kiwis and clementines. Snacking on a high-fiber fruit platter has many benefits. It will help you digest a heavy holiday dinner and make you less likely to overeat on other foods. Get creative and put together a colorful fruit platter with each fruit representing a color of the rainbow. Remember, the more colorful the food, the more nutritious it is.

Mixologist Duty

If you’re in charge of supplying the cocktails for the evening, there are a few things you can do to lighten up the bar. Keep in mind that alcohol itself has plenty of calories, so choose mixers that provide flavor without adding any extra bulk. Light mixers like club soda, limes/lemons and fresh mint are all great options. For some extra flavor, try adding a splash of 100% fruit juice. For more info, check out our guide on how to do alcohol right

Choose the Colorful Dessert

When headed to the bakery section, there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a dessert. If you’re ordering a dessert beforehand, you can request that the baker go light on the whipped cream, frosting or custard. One serving of frosting can have up to 15 grams of fat. Also, choose a dessert that has whole fruits, such as a fruit tart. In general, the more dense the dessert is, such as cheesecake or fudge, the more likely it will be higher in fat. Lighter cakes such as angel food cake are a great option for a healthier holiday dessert.

Bobby is the community and social media manager at Zipongo. He has a degree in nutrition and dietetics and previously worked as a health educator.

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