We’re well into November and we’re just weeks away from Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. For those who have been trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the holidays can be extremely stressful with all the delicious seasonal, festive foods available. The good news is that you can still participate in all the holiday festivities while keeping to a healthy lifestyle. It all starts with what you bring to the holiday party.
For office or cocktail parties, you can bring vegetable platters with hummus, tahini, or sour cream dips or fruit platters with a Greek yogurt dip. While this doesn’t sound all that exciting when you compare it to the baked goods and alcohol, we’re sure a bunch of your friends and coworkers will enjoy munching on the platters you bring.
If you’re invited to a potluck style dinner, offer to bring a salad or vegetable side dish. If the host asks you to bring dessert, opt for a fruit salad sprinkled with date syrup and toasted chopped pistachios or almond slices.
If you’ve chosen not to drink this holiday season, bring mocktail ingredients or sparkling water and bitters or flavored syrups, so you can still join in on the toasts.
Most importantly, you should never feel awkward about your dietary restrictions as there is usually someone else present with the same or stricter restrictions. Also, if you want to enjoy some sweats or a drink, just go for it. After all, it is holiday season!