Incorporating Healthy Food Choices When Entertaining

Posted on: 3 June 2015


If you are hosting a large event a banquet hall setting, the food choices you have available for your guests will make an impact on the enjoyment they have while attending. Many people are opting to use healthier food selections when having larger events, allowing guests to enjoy flavorful foods they may not have experienced in the past.

Consider having your catering service add some of the following ideas into your own large event menu:

Serve Tasty Appetizers

When picking out appetizers to serve at your event, opt for non-fattening fruits and vegetables to use as the base of the product. Salads are always a wise choice and they can be dressed up with a variety of toppings. Use fresh in-season fruit on skewers or in fancy cups to help clear the palate before serving the main meal.

Offer More Than Meat

Health-conscience people will look for main dishes that do not contain red meat. Offer choices made with chicken or fish instead. Make sure to offer a vegetarian dish for those who do not enjoy meat at all. Grilled vegetables or Portobello mushrooms make filling meals that are packed with vitamins.

Pasta dishes usually fare well as an alternative. Offer a whole wheat pasta for those who stay away from enriched products. Use whole-grain breads as part of your bread choices. 

Hold Off On Sauces

Ask the catering company to make items that are not infused with rich sauces as part of the ingredient. Instead, have them cook the food without this additive and have it available on the side for those that wish to use it. This includes gravies and dressings. Giving your guests the opportunity to decide for themselves if they would like to add these to their meal is a nice touch.

Use Appropriate Labels

When offering meal choices at an event, you will most likely get together with the catering company in advance to go over your selections. At this time, list the foods in a notebook and have signs printed up that you can display next to each entree.

Ask the catering company which choices have milk or wheat products used as ingredients, and list this underneath the product description. This will help those with food allergies know which selections they can try.

Make Desert Fun

Offer low-fat and sugar-free desserts along with regular selections for those who are watching their caloric intake. Offer fresh fruits in addition to other dessert choices, as well. Dress up fruit with a small amount of whipped topping or chocolate sauce to give it appeal. Offer desserts in small portions for those that would like a taste instead of a full serving. This will allow guests to enjoy an indulgence without feeling guilty about wasting extra food they do not wish to eat.

To learn more, contact a company like Mascaro's Catering with any questions or concerns you have.