Don’t think there aren’t any healthy foods to bring to a party! With a little thought and creativity, there are a ton of healthy foods to bring to a party, holiday function, or social gathering at work. Try any of these healthy and delicious party items for your next event!
1. Veggie Platter
A veggie platter is one of the easiest healthy foods to bring to a party. Super simple to assemble, all you need to do is cut up some raw carrots, celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, or whichever veggies you fancy! You can also make a Greek yogurt dip that will be high in protein and low in fat. If you’re super pressed for time, there are many pre-assembled veggie platters you can buy at your local grocery. Simply pick one up on your way to the party.
2. Fruit Salad
Fruit salad is another healthy dish to bring to any party. Loaded with vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants, a rich fruit salad will make your skin glow and keep you from overeating or indulging on other decadent foods at the party. Don’t be afraid to get creative with the fruits you choose. When possible, pick local and/or organic fruits for a dish that packs an even bigger nutritional punch.
3. Cheese and Whole Grain Crackers
This dish is for all the carb lovers out there. What would a party be without a ginormous plate of crackers with a creamy block of cheese? If you opt for whole grain crackers, this dish will provide you plenty of fiber to keep you full for most of the party. As for the cheese, it actually has a decent amount of protein in it. Keep your portion small (1-2 ounces) and you’ll feel satisfied without going overboard.
4. Hummus and Pita Chips
It seems like every party you go to has a giant tub of hummus on the appetizer table. Hummus is all the rage these days, and for good reason! Chickpeas are loaded with magnesium, which is the top mineral most Americans are deficient in. Hummus and pita chips are a super healthy alternative to chips and dip and a total crowd pleaser. If you’re feeling adventurous, try making your own hummus using chickpeas, olive oil, lemon, garlic, and a little tahini.
5. Veggie and Brown Rice Casserole
I love bringing casseroles to parties! They’re really easy to put together and can even be made a day or two ahead of time, then heated in the oven. Make casseroles from whole grains like brown rice, farrow, or bulgur, and add loads of veggies for a healthy side that everyone will enjoy.
6. Quinoa Salad
Did you know quinoa is a complete protein? This means it has all the amino acids our bodies need to function properly, making quinoa a very popular grain with vegetarians and vegans. Try mixing cooked quinoa with veggies and fresh herbs for a refreshing salad that’s perfect for spring, summer, and other warmer seasons.
7. Angel Food Cake Parfaits
Finding a healthy dessert is often tricky for parties. Although you want something that’s low in sugar, you also want something that tastes good! Angel food cake parfaits are the perfect solution. Simply buy an angel food cake from your local grocer (or make one yourself). Serve slices of the cake with fresh fruit (strawberries are my favorite) and a homemade whipped topping that you can create by beating heavy whipping cream with a little sugar. Instant healthy dessert!
Just because you’re going to a party, that doesn’t mean you need to abandon your diet. There are plenty of healthy foods you can bring to a social event that everyone can enjoy. What are some of your favorite healthy foods to bring to a party?