Here we are right up to the holidays with them comes gift shopping, travel planning, guest inviting, house cleaning, menu planning and trips to the market. Maybe this year you decided to ask everyone coming to "bring a dish" to keep it easy for this year's holiday food gathering of friends and family. On the surface this does sound easy however, sometimes not so much.
For me these potluck dinners create a perplexing list of questions. Will all the foods there be loaded with carbohydrates? Will there be foods I can eat on my eating plan? Or not? Will there be healthy choices available? If they are not healthy what are my best choices going to be? How do I manage this food chaos without hurting any ones feelings? How will I feel later when I am suffering from over eating or making unhealthy choices? How about the feelings will have for making these choices and the results my body feeling run down?
I don't know about you but I certainly can make myself crazy with all these questions. So to make it easy for me at potluck meals I always bring food I like, is healthy, on my food plan and lots of it. In this way it minimizes the damage from unhealthy choices and I feel so much better about my food choices when I make them and later my body thanks me. No matter what I am asked to bring I always bring a nice mixed green salad with a light lemon vinaigrette salad dressing plus what I was asked to bring. The host of the gathering always loves it, and you will love yourself too for bringing your own food that makes you healthy and happy. And while your there be polite and give the other foods a taste.
To help you here is a list of healthy holiday potluck dishes to give yourself, your friends and your family the gift of health this season. Enjoy!
Small PlatesMini Baked Potatoes Stuffed
(It's fun to put desserts into small individual serving dishes (like shot glasses) it's more festive and keeps the calories down)
Remember there is not better gift to give than the gift of health,
Your partner in health,
Certified Health Coach
Certified Wellness Consultant