Healthy Holiday Parties

What to eat (and stay away from) while entertaining over the holidays.
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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 soirée.

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:

  • A 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
  • Olives
  • Nuts (go easy on heavily salted nut mixes)

What to avoid (or take small samples of):

  • Puff pastry-based appetizers
  • Mini quiches
  • Any meat wrapped in dough
  • Anything wrapped in bacon (or remove the bacon)
  • Chicken wings
  • 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

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