What happens when you're the one in charge of the menu at an upcoming dinner party or family gathering? If you don't want your family and friends to hate you, then you won't reveal your devious plan. Whether you have decided to cut out processed foods, eat paleo or go gluten-free, there are many ways to plan a healthy meal without making your guests feel deprived.
Try these helpful hacks to "clean" up your dinner party without sacrificing taste:
Think fresh fruit, crudités and healthy skewers. Caprese kebabs are a personal favorite.
Your guests aren't going to be impressed by a sad pile of lettuce drizzled with vinaigrette. Set the clean eating tone with a vibrant and creative salad as a first course, like this Whole Foods-inspired California quinoa salad.
Low-carb, gluten-free bread for the table is perfect to munch on. Ten bucks says your guests won't be able to tell the difference.
Olive oil is a staple in paleo and Mediterranean diets, embraced by clean eaters everywhere. Use this healthy oil full of fatty acids and fat-soluble nutrients liberally: Drizzle on salad, splash on an entrée, or serve with herbs for dipping fresh bread on the table. Pricier polyphenol-rich extra-virgin olive oil is recommended for flavor.
Clean eating doesn't mean you can't enjoy the simple pleasures in life! Red wine has an estimated 120 calories a glass and is chock-full of antioxidants.
A dinner party menu is the perfect opportunity to explore and try new things. Wow your guests with paleo-friendly Chinese food favorites.
Zucchini noodles are easy to make and can be a great dinnertime conversation starter.
Quinoa leads the way in the clean eating fad, but there are so many more delicious and nutritious grains you can add to your meal. Pro tip: Rapid-cook nutrient-rich buckwheat, amaranth or millet in your rice cooker.
Boring steamed vegetables have no place at a dinner party. Make veggies fun again with a reinvented cauliflower rice side dish.
Your friends will never forgive you. You can still enjoy a healthy after-dinner treat like this paleo skillet blueberry crisp.
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