With the upcoming holiday, I’m getting asked a lot about what to bring to family functions and other types of parties so that you aren’t left to dig into a buffet table that is anything but clean.
Typically, I tell people to bring at least one main dish with them. It’s usually appreciated by the hostess, and even if you don’t stick to your eating plan 100%, at least you know there is something there that is clean.
But what about something a little lighter? Something that lets you feel okay about snacking?
Often the worst foods at a part or buffet table are the snacks. Snacks are easy to buy in a package and empty into a serving bowl. So they are often the most processed foods available at a party.
If you’d like to try your hand at creating a party tray you can feel good about eating from, here are some ideas for what to put on your platter.
And don’t for get the cute toothpicks! It makes it so much easier to pick up some of the foods on a party tray.
- Avocado pieces
- Cherry tomatoes
- Whole grain pretzels (mine were spelt)
- Segmented mandarin oranges
- Carrot sticks
- Broccoli florets
- Cauliflower florets
- Whole grain crackers (I use Ak-Mak crackers)
- Apple slices
- Fruit juice sweetened, dried cranberries
- Clean Eating Onion Dip
- Clean Eating Guacamole
- Clean Eating Fruit Dip
- Honey dew melon balls
- Hard boiled eggs
- Clean Eating Energy Balls
- Clean Eating Muffins (mini’s are great for party trays!)
- Clean Eating Savory Muffins (again, mini’s would be great here!)
- Bell pepper strips
- Kiwi chunks or slices