Parties may bring loads of delicious and decadent food, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat smart while celebrating with friends and family. Here are 5 easy tips to help you steer clear from unhealthy choices while still sneaking in a treat or two:
Tip #1: Have A Snack At Home First
Never go to a party hungry. The minute you walk through the door you’ll be more likely to overeat, unless you have a small snack before to keep you satiated. How about munching on apples and almond butter? It has both protein and carbs, and it keeps you feeling full and satisfied.
Tip #2: You Don’t Have To Avoid Treats, Just Be Smart About It
Check out the buffet table before digging in and pick a few treats you like the most or want to try. Allow yourself to splurge on foods that you’re dying to have and then load the rest of your plate up with healthier options. That way, you won’t feel deprived. Buffet tables are tricky because you feel like you have to fill your plate, but remember, you can always go back for a second round, or grab a smaller plate.
Tip #3: Chat Away From Food
Having a conversation near the buffet table makes you more likely to eat even after you are full. Instead, grab a girlfriend and head to a spot where you can enjoy your food and remove yourself from temptation. Be mindful when eating, so you can notice when you are getting full.
Tip #4: Opt For Virgin Drinks or Low-Cal Mixers
Try to curb your alcohol intake at a party since most drinks come loaded with extra sugar. A lighter option is to choose a club soda or tonic as mixers. A good rule of thumb is – for every alcoholic drink have a glass of water.
Tip #5: B.Y.O.B. – Bring Your Own Broccoli
Bring your own backup plan! Healthy foods are usually the last thing you can expect to see on a menu. So, bring veggies as your contribution, that way, you know you’ll be covered.
In the end, if you slip up and grab an extra piece of pie, don’t beat yourself up over it. You want to have a game plan, but the important thing is to have fun and enjoy being with friends and family.