The holidays are fast approaching, as are the after-work and weekend parties. Thanks to all the prepared food at grocery stores, party-inspired appetizers and meals abound. They’re easy but rarely healthy. Be armed before, during and after your soiree.
Three major tips:
Never arrive hungry.
Snack before the party on high-protein, high-fiber foods because they keep you satisfied longer.
Remember: Additional fun events are just around the corner, so save room for future temptations.
What to eat before:
Handful of unsalted almonds, walnuts or pecans
Baby carrots with hummus
Handful of peanuts with dried cranberries or cherries
Lowfat Greek yogurt with fresh berries or pineapple
Sliced cucumber with lowfat cottage cheese or part-skim ricotta cheese
Celery stalk stuffed with almond butter
What to eat during:
Vegetables with salsa and guacamole
Carved ham and turkey
Cheese with whole grain crackers or fresh fruit
Nuts (go easy on heavily salted nut mixes)
What to avoid (or take small samples of):
Puff pastry-based appetizers
Any meat wrapped in dough
Anything wrapped in bacon (or remove the bacon)
Full dessert portions
Robin Miller is a nutritionist, host of Quick Fix Meals, author of “Robin Rescues Dinner” and the busy mom of two active little boys. Her boys and great food are her passion. Check her out at www.robinrescuesdinner.com.