When you’re trying to lead a healthier lifestyle, lose weight or simply reign things in a little for most people trying to navigate restaurant menus and buffet tables at parties can be a struggle. In cases like these, there are no issues with enjoying yourself, however for the health conscious there are some simple tricks that mean you can have fun, but still leave with your healthy living halo still shining.
Sometimes, it’s nice to have something mixed, but alcohol-free. Ensure the party is dry by making cocktails that don’t contain alcohol. Great examples of virgin cocktails include:
- Mint lemonade
- Atomic cat
- 13th peach fruit
- Orange-line relaxer
Virgin cocktails feature a number of fruity flavors, and they mimic popular cocktails. For instance, if you and your guests love chai flavors, a virgin cocktail that includes chic tea, sugar, anise, and lemon makes a refreshing drink.
If you and your guests enjoy Tom Collins, you can concoct a mock drink that includes the flavors of celery and lemon juice with simple syrup and bitters. The key is to make sure that the cocktails have a great flavor so that your guests won’t miss the alcohol.
Take your virgin cocktails a step further by making them even healthier. Skinny virgin cocktails cut the sugar in the drink and add fresh fruit flavors. It’s an effective way to promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce calories. For instance, a ginger and pear cocktail can be made lighter when you add agave syrup or honey instead of simple syrup, which adds mostly empty calories.
Healthy Party Foods
While the virgin cocktails are definitely part of what will get your guests talking, you also want to make sure that the food you offer is top-notch. It’s quite possible to offer a healthy menu that everyone will enjoy while using clean ingredients. For example, a spinach dip, made from organic spinach, vegan cream cheese, and an assortment of fresh herbs, will go great with the virgin cocktails you’ve prepared.
And, you can serve vegetables with the dip, instead of crackers or pita wedges. This reduces the calories in the party snack, and shows your sober friends that you’re committed to health.
A filling yet light soup made from seasonal veggies, fresh herbs, and vegetable stock can feed all your party guests, but it may be too light. You can make the meal even more impressive by offering whole grain rolls or organic Parmesan crisps with the soup.
Try something different at your party like encouraging guests to exercise by taking bike ride together. This isn’t typical for a party, but you’re setting a new standard, and you can make it as exciting and unique as you’d like. Exercise feels great, and it’s a great way to connect with people.
These are just some of the great offerings you can offer at your next celebration. A healthy party means your guests will leave the party feeling good physically and emotionally.
How do you throw a health conscious party? Do you find it difficult to have fun but not over indulge too?