Five Healthy Potluck Options for the Holiday Season | Innovative Office Solutions

Keeping the Holidays Healthy

Try your hand at any one of these healthy recipes this holiday season and you’ll be the hit of the party!  Your family, your friends and your waistline will thank you!  Be sure to show off your recipe at your next office potluck – and encourage others to take the same healthy approach.  Innovative Office Solutions is implementing a “Maintain Don’t Gain” program this holiday season, and these recipes are ideal for helping you avoid too many calories during this festive time.

The holidays can be a difficult time to monitor and keep in check eating habits.  Most people have parties to attend and time off work – which can mean free reign while they’re OOTO.  But for those that would like to avoid the consequence of overeating during the holidays, below are some healthy options to share at your next holiday gathering.

Avacado Deviled Eggs with Bacon

  • Deviled eggs are always a holiday favorite.  However, most times they are chock full of bad cholesterol and fats.  Side note:  There are both good and bad fats – which is always good to keep in mind over the holidays.  This recipe, however, does away with the mayo-y filling that is normally included in traditional deviled egg recipes – and replaces it with Avocado – an extremely delicious and healthy fat option!  With Avocado, Bacon, and Eggs – how could you go wrong?  If you’re worried about the health benefits of Bacon – look no further – as Bacon is full of healthy nutrients, contrary to popular belief.

Edamame Avocado Dip

  • Keeping with the healthy fat theme, this Edamame Avocado dip is sure to be a hit at any holiday party.  Edamame – which is high in fiber, protein, and low in carbs – has the same fiber content as 4 slices of whole wheat bread, as much protein as it does carbs, and 10% of your recommended daily content of both Vitamins A and C.  Besides containing multiple nutrients, Edamame (think Soy Beans if you can’t get the pronunciation right) has multiple health benefits as well.  Mixed with the superfood Avocado – think of this dip as a healthy favor to party guests.

French Chopped Salad

  • I know what you’re thinking:  “Ugh, a boring Salad?!”  And yes, a salad – though not a BORING salad.  This delicious take on the traditional chopped salad will have your family and friends prodding you left and right, dying to know where you got the recipe.  All of the ingredients combine to create a fantastic family-friendly side to any holiday feast.  One sneaky nutritional ingredient – Tarragon – is full of extremely powerful nutrients, again perfect for the holiday season.  Laboratory studies have shown tarragon to help prevent clot formation in blood vessels – protecting you from heart attacks and strokes.  Also rich in Vitamin-C, Vitamin-A, and B-complex vitamins, it can help increase metabolism as well.

Chicken Salad with Roasted Bell Peppers and Toasted Almonds

  • Put away the ham and turkey this holiday season.  Ham can be a fatty meat, however delicious it may be.  And turkey puts everyone to sleep!  Mix it up a little bit and try this spanish-themed chicken salad recipe.  Chicken does also include tryptophan – the sleep-inducing amino acid found in turkey – but in smaller doses.  It does, however, include high amounts of serotonin, which is a known mood-booster helping defeat holiday stress and anxiety, giving you an extra Merry holiday season.

“Crazy Good” Barbecued Pulled Pork

  • Again, taking a less-traditional approach to holiday meals, is this “crazy good” recipe.  As you can see, it is fairly easy to make – and incredibly healthy for you and your guests (or just you).  Do whatever you wish with the finished product: pork sliders, pork and vegetables & pork.  Pork is a fairly company-pleasing, and versatile dish, so you can’t really go wrong here.  It will be easy for you – and delicious for friends and family!

The recipes above are perfect for any office potluck or holiday party.   Hopefully they will help you with a more health-conscious approach to your holiday feasts, and you’ll continue on the path of Maintaining, not Gaining in 2014.

2 Responses to Five Healthy Potluck Options for the Holiday Season | Innovative Office Solutions

  1. Thanks so much for including my pork recipe in your recommendations. Happy holidays!

  2. Pingback: Overcoming the Midday Slump | Innovative Office Solutions | Innovative Office Solutions

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