27th November 2017 by Jess
Our nutritionist Jess shares her top 5 tips for making healthy decisions at parties. These tips are perfect for any social occasion, whether it's a relaxed drink with friends or your work Christmas party.
I’d like to share a few tricks with you on how to survive the party season so we can hit the ground running pre-2018. Really this mindset will help you stay healthy all year round, but it's especially useful this time of year, and will allow you to arrive into January cold-free and in good shape.
The day of the party, make sure you fuel your body properly with all the nourishment it needs.
Like with any celebration, I like to make sure to have a nutrient dense breakfast planned to start the day. It’s also important to stay hydrated with water and herbal teas which helps me snack with total enjoyment, zero guilt and minus the energy crash!
Jess, graze nutritionist36 healthy breakfast ideas
Rather than focusing on the calories in a dish, look for options that are nutrient dense.
A good rule of thumb is to choose the least processed foods on offer. If the ingredients on the label are easy to recognise and pronounce it’s a winning choice! Avoid nibbles with empty calories and go for snacks that are a source of nutritional benefits like protein or fibre.are low calorie foods good for you?
If you're making a dip for a party, put a healthier twist on it by using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, you’ll find it might even be tastier than the traditional recipes! If you're building a classic lemon herby dip there are a few easy ways to make it healthier. Jess recommends the following recipe:
This combination of cool, creamy yoghurt, zesty lemon juice, warming chilli and flavourful herbs, has an extra superboost of kale and spinach. Combine with our beetroot crisps and you’ve a seriously moreish snack, perfect for sharing.
Jess, graze nutritionistlemon & herb yoghurt dip
You don’t have to skip the alcoholic beverages while partying, but Jess recommends trying to avoid the sugar.
Fake sugars are toxic and addictive and the chemicals can scramble your satiety hormones, making it harder for you to tell when you're full.
Jess, graze nutritionist
It can also wreak havoc with your insulin levels leading to mood disorders, hormonal imbalance and weight gain. Ditch the diet sodas and instead opt for soda water with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime.
Planning ahead before a party prevents you from having to make a decision in the heat of the moment and reduces your reliance on willpower.
Try to find out what kind of food will be served in advance so you can anticipate potential obstacles and work around them - this will lead to much better decisions being made.
Jess, graze nutritionist
If there’s only finger food, then having a small dinner beforehand or making concrete and exciting dinner plans for afterwards will ensure you get a good meal in the evening and you don’t gorge at the party on foods that might not be the healthiest.
Instead, you can enjoy the party for the people you meet, and save your dining experience for later!
crunchy beetroot, dried not fried, and nothing else - no added salt, sugar or oil!
a crunchy mix of wild rice sticks and chilli broad beans
edamame beans, chilli broad beans and redskin peanuts - our highest protein snack!
crunchy oat bran and garlic sesame sticks with multigrain soy rice crackers
pan roasted cashews with sour cream & onion seasoning and crunchy garlic crostini
fiery sriracha flavoured peas and kern pops with crunchy jumbo corn
cheese flavoured cashews, cheddar cheese bruschetta and baked herb bites
By Jess, graze nutritionist.
Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at jessipes.co.uk for even more.
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