6 Healthy Snacks for the New Year
To help those attendees keep their resolutions
As we welcome a new year, most of us also welcome a long list of resolutions and hopeful intentions. According to a recent Marist College Institute for Public Opinion poll, most Americans have at least one of the following at the top of their list: be a better person, lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more. While it’s hard to force people to hit the gym or to be nicer to their neighbors, one way meeting planners can help attendees keep those New Year’s promises is by offering healthy menu options—particularly at break time. Here are six ways to do break snacks without the guilt.
The wonderful thing about hummus, aside from its great taste, is that it can be paired with a great deal of foods. From baby carrots and tomatoes to pita triangles and pretzels, hummus is the centerpiece for which guests can create their own flavor around. Put together a display like this, and they’ll enjoy eating healthy with ease.
Offering up a tomato-centric dish that can be consumed in only a few bites makes for a satisfying snack, especially when those tomatoes are at their freshest. Do a tiny caprese salad with mozzarella and basil, or serve up tomato slices with a splash of olive oil and a sprinkle of feta cheese.
For those who just need that crunch, popcorn is the best option for a midday snack (but hold all that movie theater butter). Air-popped and lightly salted, popcorn makes for not only a fun snack, but a great display, too.
Fruit Salad Revamped
For an energizing fix of something sweet, look for new ways to present the reliable fruit salad. No, we aren’t talking about the old standby fruit cup (where there’s always green melon more than anything else). Try offering brightly colored fresh fruits on kebabs, for a visually appealing treat that won’t ruin their resolutions.
Sushi to Me
There was a time when sushi was only consumed by the most adventurous of eaters in the U.S., but in recent years it has become much more mainstream. Using brown rice and fresh vegetables—with or without seafood—will keep attendees fuller longer, without them having to consume an entire roll.
Juicing is still a big trend in healthy eating, and offering an assortment of flavors is an easy, nutrition option for snacking. Plus, the nutrients will keep guests energized in the meeting’s later hours.