That is my Golden Rule of hosting a holiday or just plain dinner party at my home. I hold myself to high health standards and want to treat my guests with the same respect that I treat my own body with.
One of my pet peeves is to go to someone’s home and be served an unhealthy meal that the hostess doesn’t eat because she knows better. Then the guilt factor comes in because I feel bad not eating someone’s food. Over the years I have definitely gotten over that guilt stuff. I would rather leave feeling good than eating something I don’t want to eat to appease someone else.
So here are a few of my rules:
– I don’t serve soda. I wouldn’t drink it, so why give it to others to destroy their health? My mom and I have disagreed on this for years. She likes to have it “for the kids”, even though as her kids we weren’t allowed to drink soda in her home. So why feed children, or adults, a beverage that’s loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients that rots your insides.
Solution: serve naturally flavored seltzers, with lime or lemon wedges and/or some natural fruit juice to mix with it
– I don’t serve snacks that have trans fats in them. Chips, cookies, pies, etc. that contain hydrogenated fats are bad for heart health and made to sit on a shelf for years. I want to serve my guests foods without this ingredient and in case there are leftovers, I wouldn’t want anything in my house that contained it.
Solution: If you want some chips for snacking on with dips for your appetizers shop at Whole Foods who has a policy not to sell anything with trans fat in it. Trader Joe’s also has a great number of healthy choices, just be careful to read the ingredients.
– I don’t serve unhealthy meats. This is a tricky one for some. I personally don’t eat meat (except for fish) and therefore won’t cook it. However, many people do, and if so I would try to eat and serve high quality meats that are grass fed and free from antibiotics and hormones. This does get pricey, however, so remember that meat should be eaten as a condiment to the meal, like in a traditional Japanese diet. You don’t have to serve your guests Flinstone-sized portions of meat for just one meal.
Solution: Serve a vegetarian-based meal with small servings of meat. Serve loads of healthy appetizers that people fill up on like guacamole, fresh, raw veggies, hummus, cheeses, low-fat deviled eggs and a large salad along with some nice crackers or bread. If you’re up for it, you can even cook a delicious healthy blended veggie soup.
Trust me on this one, your guests will be so pleased with their healthy meal and will leave with a full belly but not feeling as if they just gorged. Even if they don’t typically eat this healthy, they will appreciate your meal and it may even inspire them to start eating better too!
What are your health standards?