Many people don’t like to do New Year Dinner Parties because they think it conflicts with post-holiday period detoxes, new exercise regimes and assorted physical and mental cleansing treatments.
Here are Blaelock’s tips for a health-themed dinner party.
- Focus on Fresh Produce: Many people habitually eat too much meat and not enough fruit and vegetables. When you plan your menu, focus on fresh high fibre produce presented in dishes that are minimally cooked like salads and steamed vegetables.
- Provide Plenty of Water: You can jazz up water by adding fruit; not just the usual citrus, but also berries, stone fruit and other juicy or squishy fruit. You can add a sense of occasion by using sparkling mineral water or adding ice with edible flowers inside.
- Include Healthy “Bad” Foods: Most people think chocolate is “bad”, but a high-quality dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and “good” in moderation. You can supplement shaved chocolate toppings with crushed nuts for texture and bee pollen for colour.
- A Litte Bit of What You Fancy Does You Good: One of the major issues with modern diets is portion control; often we are too busy looking for speed and convenience that we don’t stop to consider whether we are eating a serve for one or for five. It may be better to have a smaller serve of something “bad” like full-fat cheese than a larger serving of some kind of mass-produced “healthy” treat.
- Allow Plenty of Time Between Courses: Ideally, you would allow an hour between serving one course and the next. That provides plenty of time for people to talk while they eat, and gives their stomachs time to tell their brains to stop eating.
Together, these five tips will help you support your health (and your friends) without anyone knowing. And with fresh simple dishes, you can relax and enjoy the night too.
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