October is officially here, and the holidays are just around the corner! It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday parties, especially if you are hosting. Here at Swerve we’re all about indulging the smart way. We love food and we love celebrating, but we want to look and feel our best too! With a little planning and some creative ideas, your gatherings can be just as healthy as they are delicious. Here are some of our favorite ways to Swerve holiday parties!
Swerve Your Dessert
Cakes, pies, cookies, and candies are inevitable at holiday gatherings. No Thanksgiving is complete without a pumpkin pie, and Christmas wouldn’t be so sweet without cookies! But you can put a healthy twist on your dessert traditions by replacing sugar with Swerve. This easy, cup for cup substitution will save you countless calories, grams of sugar, but won’t sacrifice on taste. Browse our Recipes page for endless inspiration!
Don't Forget the Vegetables
Typically the food served at holiday parties is rich and heavy. To balance this out, include vegetables whenever possible. Slice some carrots, cucumbers, endive, and bell peppers to scoop up dips and spreads. Get creative with a veggie tray by including sliced and charred eggplant, tomatoes, and mushrooms, drizzled with an herby sauce like pesto. And mix together a big salad filled with greens and a vinaigrette to be served along with a main dish. Vegetables are naturally low in calories, high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, so don’t forget the vegetables!
Offer Allergen Friendly Options
Are you expecting some guests with dietary restrictions? Luckily, we have many allergen friendly alternatives to choose from today! Avoid gluten by swapping out wheat crackers for almond or rice crackers and chips. Go dairy free by using a soy or almond based cheese. Offer vegan options by using a bean, soy, or tofu based meatball or sausage. Keep it low carb and diabetic friendly by swerving your desserts and cocktails. Asking guests if they have any food restrictions beforehand can help you plan your menu to accommodate.
Lighten up the Cocktails
Alcoholic beverages can be loaded with sugar, especially if they are made with simple syrups, pre-made mixes, or juices. Instead, opt for clear liquors mixed with sparkling flavored waters, fresh herbs, citrus fruits, and a small amount of 100% juices like cranberry. And of course, sweeten it up with a little Swerve!
Use Small Plates
Did you know that simply eating off of a small plate helps reduce overall food consumption by up to 30%? Also, offering small plates allows your guests to plate their food and feel satisfied, rather than standing and grazing all night.
Hopefully these tips and tricks can help you plan your best holiday party. Stay tuned for more recipes from Swerve throughout this holiday season, and comment below with your favorite healthy holiday hosting tip!