Healthy Menu Ideas for Your Next Party





Perhaps you are passionate about your healthy diet. You have seen the benefits of greater levels of energy, trimmer figure, and overall better health. Or perhaps you have medical needs that dictate certain dietary guidelines, such as being gluten free. Or maybe you choose to refrain from meat out of personal convictions. Whatever your reasons for your healthy diet may be, the simple reality is that not everyone will share your enthusiasm for nutrient-rich foods. In fact, some people may be so set in their ways that the mere suggestion of healthy fare makes them turn up their noses without so much as a taste.


The good news is that there are plenty of tasty and healthy options that you can serve that will meet your healthy ideals without ever raising question from party guests. With these delicious and nutritious meals, everyone wins. And don't worry---we'll never tell just how nutritious your menu really is! These options have you covered!





Breakfast or Brunch

Frittata. Need a healthy brunch option everyone is sure to love? Try a versatile frittata. Frittatas are the perfect option to fill with plenty of chopped veggies and lean proteins. Add in herbs and spices for sodium-free flavoring that is packed with antioxidants. Frittatas offer the same protein and vitamin egg filled base as its cousin the quiche, but without the refined carbs and processed oils in a quiche crust. Healthy and delicious!


Appetizer

Crudite Platter. Whether you need an appetizer to bring to a social gathering or one to serve at your own home, a crudite platter is the perfect solution. Not only does a platter of raw veggies make for a beautiful presentation with its rainbow of colors, but it also provides a fantastic alternative to sugary and fried dishes. Try adding some unique options to your crudité, like pepper slices, jicama, and/or heirloom carrots to make it more interesting. To really wow, serve with hummus or yogurt dip.


Main Course

Taco Bar. Tacos may not initially come to mind when you think of healthy foods, but they are actually a perfect (and healthy!) option to serve to guests who may balk at the idea of healthy fare. To make this menu idea work for everyone, all you need to do is offer your tacos set up in the form of a taco bar. Offer sprouted whole grain tortillas (soft, not hard) and/or large leaf lettuce. Opt for Greek yogurt instead of sour cream or and choose grass fed cheese for friends who like dairy. Stock the rest of your taco bar with nutritious options like avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, and lean proteins (include a firm tofu if you'd like a vegetarian friendly option!).


Soup. Warm, hearty, and easy to make in large batches—it's hard to beat soup as an option to serve for large crowds. As long as you veer away from thick, cream-based soups there are plenty ways you can serve healthy soup that are sure to be crowd pleasers. Try a filling bean-based soup, or make a chicken soup with a bone broth base for all the gut healing benefits of collagen.


Dessert

Fruit. For a healthy dessert, all you have to do is turn to nature. Mother Nature provides plenty of sweet goodness in fruits and berries. Try a no-cook delicious option by layering fruit with nuts, Greek yogurt, and a drizzle of honey. Or, dip strawberries in dark chocolate (70 percent cacao content or greater) for a decadent treat no one can resist.