Sunday, December 2, 2012

Holiday Tip: Pot Luck

The Pot Luck- a very common party theme around the Holidays. 

Here's a tip on how to make sure there SOMETHING healthy at this mix-matched menu. 

When in doubt, bring a nice, big SALAD! 

Salads are super easy and pretty fun to make! You can add your own twist on this common dish and really make it a hit! Not to mention, they can be as pretty to look at as a work of art! 

Also, make your own dressing! This will add a nice personal touch to your contribution and might start a nice conversation too :) Check out my previous blog entry for a favorite healthy home-made dressing: Fave Healthy Dressing!

Bringing a beautiful salad will insure that among the lasagna, bacon wrapped scallops, baked brie, and other decadent, yet calorie rich (and amazing) pot luck regulars you will have a nice low calorie-nutrient rich option. I would recommend eating some salad first before anything else. This way you start to fill up on the healthy items and will have less room later for the high calorie options. 

Other healthy ideas would be a veggie tray (home made adds a nicer touch), or some sort of lettuce wraps even.

For a veggie tray, slicing your own veggies and arranging them on a nice platter from home makes it much more personal and special. This way-you can even pick your own veggies! Lets face it, not everyone loves raw celery and broccoli! 

Another healthy tip: skip the ranch! A home made (or store bought) hummus works just as well without all the cream! Hummus is not only a great alternative for guests who may be lactose intolerant or vegan, but the chic-pea base provides much more filling protein so you won't be as likely to go for that 3rd, 4th or 5th bacon wrapped yummyness!

What is your favorite healthy pot-luck dish?

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