How can I make my party snacks healthier?
Snacks and parties go hand in hand – the all-important “munch” while you mingle. Unfortunately, most party snacks are far from healthy, due to busy hosts who may not have time to make involved recipes or research how to make the perfect plates. So when looking to create healthier snacks, consider some of my simple tricks to keep your to-do list light -- while benefitting your guests -- with superfoods. Here are some of the best ways to instantly elevate your party refreshments:
Offer fresh vegetables: If you love a certain type of chip or cracker, by all means, serve it! Yet by also giving your guests an option of fresh vegetables, you’re providing a perfect opportunity to nail down that elusive “5-a-day” in bite-size form. In addition to carrots and celery, try serving hydrating cucumber, antioxidant-rich broccoli, and skin-friendly cauliflower and radishes.
Remix dips: No worries if you don’t have time to make that gourmet dip from scratch and go the store-bought route. But don’t be afraid to spice things up a bit with superfood additions. Creamy dips, including guacamole and hummus, are great catalysts for superfood powders. Savory dips can easily be boosted by mixing in a little wheatgrass or greens powder, or made additionally immune-boosting by stealthily stirring in some camu. If you’d like to show off the flavors of the superfoods you’re using a little more, try adding a little goji berry powder to hummus, or blend hemp seeds into a cream-based dip.
Use the power of garnish: Readymade platters don’t often come with particularly inventive garnishes, but they’re certainly easy to add! Protein-rich super-seeds, like hemp, chia, flax, and pumpkin seeds, can be sprinkled on just about anything to add alluring texture and visual appeal … not to mention important minerals. Nutrient-dense sprouts are another wonderful way to enhance the healthy aesthetics of any dish. What’s more, this superfood technique can be applied to dishes of all varieties … from nachos to crostini to sliders.
Go nuts: Winning the easiest (and often most appreciated) healthy snack award is bountiful bowls of nuts, which are packed with filling protein and good fats, and even support the cardiovascular system, too. Harness the superfood effect even further by serving the more nutrient-dense varieties, such as almonds, cashews and walnuts. Bonus points if you offer some of the Navitas+ varieties, each of which is uniquely abundant in top-tier superfoods like turmeric, cacao and maca.