How To Eat Healthy At A Party

When you go to parties there are always food choices to be made. Some food at parties will actually make it easier to not overeat and blow your diet.

Learn How To Eat Healthy At A Party

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It doesn’t matter if it is a holiday party or a party any other time of the year, making good food choices and eating healthy at parties is more about skill-power than it is about willpower!

You can eat healthy at holiday parties when you learn how to pick the right healthy foods.

Tricks & Skills To Eat Right At Parties

The following simple tips and tricks will give you the skills you need to eat healthy at a party!

  • Is this home made? This simple question will give you more information than you could possibly imagine. People who make things from scratch rarely add high fructose corn syrup, MSG, excitotoxins or other chemicals. If it IS home made then it will be a better choice. If it is not home made, the hostess will not be insulted by the question. Either way it gives you a good follow up with “looks delicious!” then eat it or not….
  • Avoid the mystery sauces and dips: Anything homemade is always going to be better for you than store-bought. If it is still in it’s retail “tub” then avoid it.  Ask the host “Did you make this?”  If the answer is yes, then it is a better choice.
  • Avoid the fluorescent: Good for you food is never fluorescent and rarely blue. Use your intelligence and new found skill power to avoid the foods that are not food colors!!
  • Go for the natural: Chips without flavoring will have fewer chemicals.  Chemicals cause you to eat more due to the “addictive” properties of the chemicals have on the brain.  Chemicals set you up for wanting more.  Plain chips or tortillas usually do not have added chemicals and therefore you will eat less.  That does not mean a portion is necessarily less calories, but most likely you will not eat as many.
  • Look for your super foods: Homemade foods with super foods in them will give you better value for your calories.  Spinach dip, sliced turkey, walnuts, etc.  While these may be high in calories, they at least are giving you nutritional value.
  • Get some fiber: Fiber fills you up.  When you eat celery, carrots, broccoli and other veggies with your dips instead of the high carb breads or crackers, you will fill up quicker and give your body good-for-you vitamins and fiber.
  • Go for whole grain: Most conventional crackers and breads are not whole grain.  Most people put a variety of crackers and breads out.  You can pick the whole grain bread or the Triscuits.  Triscuits or “woven wheats” are one of the few whole grain crackers in the conventional grocery store.
  • Hit the solid protein hors d’ oeuvres: Again, avoid the mystery sauces.  Plain shrimp, chicken skewers or beef kebab without the creamy stuff are good choices that will fill you up.  Many hors d’ oeuvres choices such as crab cakes have hidden sauces and fats.  A crab cake is a fat and calorie monster.  Even a scallop wrapped in bacon is a better choice as it is protein rich and less calories than a fried and cream filled snack.
  • Don’t forget to DRINK LOTS OF WATER! It is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to curb your appetite and eat less at a party.

Eat Good-For-You Foods At Parties To Stick With Your Diet

eat healthy at partyHalf the fun of going to a party is to socialize around the buffet.

Let’s face it, over the holidays or at parties, we are not going to want to miss the fun. By putting some healthy eating skills into your party life, you will be able to make better food choices.

Most likely you will still eat more calories than you do on an average day and if you make sure that every calorie has value, you go into the New Year feeling good about your health.

The best way to stick with your diet over the holidays is to practice good-food-choices and don’t forget to drink plenty of water.

The 6 Weeks To The NEW You diet program includes food skills that will keep you on track for the rest of your life.

When you put food skill-power to work in your life, you will never have to go on another diet again.

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    Shared by: Brian Hurlburt:

    Great tips! Also helpful for healthful party planning! 😉

    Shared by: Mary M:

    This was such a help for me I am amazed. Just got back from a wedding and did really good, had to come back and say that I used almost all these tips.

    Shared by: Theresa Bernheisel:

    Thanks a million “calories” for the fantastic holiday party tips! I know your tips saved me a few pounds! Your tips worked!


    I am going to use these tomorrow. This is just what I was looking for! thanks

    I am really getting to know my way around your website Deb the healthy chef. I am turning into Deb the healthy chef side kick! LOL

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