How to plan a guilt-free dinner party
(NC) While there's no better feeling than getting together with loved ones, these festive fetes often lead us to consume extra calories from cocktails, finger-foods and desserts – often resulting in weight gains of five to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's.
Registered dietitian, nutrition expert and author of debunkingdietitian.com, Lisa Rutledge, has the following menu and drink ideas that will keep the celebrations going, while keeping calories in check:
• Think low and small: When stocking your bar for holiday parties, think low and small. Consider adding low- or no-calorie drinks such as sparkling water, diet drinks and small portion options – like Coke mini-cans – for friends and family to enjoy.
• Serve mocktails: Offer guests a choice of festive mocktails – such as an alcohol-free Celebration Sparkler. Not only are you being a responsible host, but mocktails have all the taste of your favourite cocktails and a fraction of the calories.
• Grilled treats: Instead of serving pre-packaged appetizers, baked vegetable snacks are a great way to reduce calories, without reducing taste. You can slice vegetables into bite-size pieces, roast them in the oven and serve with salsa as a healthy alternative.
• Opt for a fresh fruit dessert instead of a baked one: A single slice of pumpkin pie is packed with about 350 calories. A baked apple stuffed with raisins and teaspoon of sugar is only about 140 calories.
2 cups cold Sprite
1 cup cold white grape sparkling beverage
Fresh raspberries for garnish
Mix beverages. Serve immediately in fluted champagne glasses with raspberry in each glass. Makes 6 (4-ounce) servings.
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