Fuel November

How many parties do you think you attend in a year’s time? It would be kind of interesting to keep track of, wouldn’t it? I mean people throw parties for everything……birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, promotions, retirement, new babies, new homes, or no main reason at all but just an excuse to get together with friends.  And what do almost all parties revolve around?....You guessed it….FOOD! Most people believe that parties are a time when people should indulge eating and drinking ‘til their heart’s content and most hosts tend to put out an array of junk or fattening foods. These beliefs, however, have started to change over time. Healthier foods are starting to make their way to the buffet table. These foods don’t have to be boring or taste bad. Further, serving them doesn’t mean limiting yourself to tofu and string beans. It just means applying some basic standards to what you serve. Serving lighter foods at your next party will leave your guests feeling energized, not weighed down by heavy party fare.

With the holiday season right around the corner, here are some tips for healthier parties whether you are hosting or attending:

1. Make your own dips
Most dips, if store bought, have a lot of extra preservatives, o
ils, sugars and high fructose corn syrup to help lengthen shelf life and enhance flavor. If you make a dip yourself, it will be fresh, and you will know what goes into the recipe and you can choose lower fat ingredients (such as low-fat sour cream) for even healthier dishes.

2. Keep it balanced
Try not to make it a carb-fest with every chip & dip combo under the sun. Try to have a good mix of food groups and macro-nutrients (carbs, protein, and fat) so that people can snack in a balanced way.

3. Everything in moderation
DO NOT graze around the buffet table. Make yourself a plate and walk away. It is very difficult to keep track of how much you have consumed if you just stand and pick away.

4. Veggies & Fruits
Raw vegetables and fruits are easy to snack on, can be used with dips and provide your guests with LOTS of nutrients and fiber.

5. Whole Grains
Instead of resorting to traditional fatty potato and tortilla chips, look for healthier options, such as Stacy’s Pita Chips, Pop Chips, whole grain crackers, or pastas.

6. Forget frozen
Try to avoid pre-prepared foods in the frozen section of the grocery store. Although it takes extra work to make foods from scratch, you will most likely serve a much healthier dish if you make some of the standards yourself.

At Fuel Good, we have had the pleasure of catering some special moments in people’s lives thus far…….from wedding rehearsal dinners, to end of season banquets, to baby showers and so on. We thoroughly enjoy seeing guests enjoy themselves while indulging in healthier fuel. All of our dishes are made fresh and contain a good mix of food groups and nutrients, while still tasting delicious! The next time you have a reason to celebrate and need a place to hold your special occasion come and see what we have to offer. We will work with you to design a menu that fits your needs and your budget. Planning on having your party at home? No problem…..we can gladly make party trays for your special occasion. Let us help you host your next party with everyone’s health in mind……your guests will thank you!