We’ve all been to that classic summer potluck.
Looking at that long table of food feels like love at first sight, and before you know it, your good intentions have gone MIA. Just one hour later, it feels like you’re going to explode.
Waistline-busting party foods have a tendency to repel you from any nutrient rich options in what often feels like a losing battle. But remember – just because you’re at a party doesn’t mean you have to break all the rules.
The next time you show up for a summer shindig, follow these five healthy eating tips to avoid a food faux pas.
1. Eat beforehand
Remember to have a snack before your summer soiree so you don’t overdo it when you show up. Try some fruit – you’ll get a little sugar kick so you’re full of energy at the party. Eating beforehand not only stops you from gorging on bad foods, but it prevents you from getting hangry.
2. Be selective with booze
If you’re heading to the drink table then consider a low-cal cocktail, a wine spritzer, or even a light beer. Opt for club soda or sparkling water to dilute high sugar punch or fruit juice, or set your sights on some cold tonic water instead.
3. Remember your veggies
Veggies are your best friend and the perfect sidekick for every entree. Ward off dishes with long ingredient lists or overly processed foods and instead, grab some salad. Adding some greens to your grilled chicken can work wonders for your appetite.
4. Stay hydrated
Be prepared for a slew of pop and beer options, but remember to drink a water for every other beverage you consume. Also a win-win for a scorching hot summer day.
5. Have fun
Healthy eating makes for a great frame of mind, but remember that a party’s all about having fun with your friends. Don’t feel like you need to eyeball every plate of food and let yourself live a little.
Already planning for your next summertime party? Try this easy dessert recipe, the Peach Melba Lemon Bar. Using a Fibre 1 Delights 90 Calorie Lemon Bar and some fresh fruit, you and your friends can indulge a little without compromising taste. In other words, you can have your cake and eat it too.