‘Tis the season to be social! The holidays are officially in full swing, which equates to lots of traveling, parties and time with family and friends. It also means lots more opportunities eat for most people. For many, this time of year is the hardest to stay on track. We tend to move less, eat more and make some unhealthy choices.

The good news is with just a little planning you can make it easier on yourself and those around you by having healthy options available at holiday meals and parties.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you’re planning your party platter:

Keep it simple. If there is food available, people will eat it. You don’t want people to go hungry, of course. But you also don’t need to go overboard on the amount of food you serve.

Provide healthful options. Always make sure your appetizer spread includes lots of fruits and veggies with Greek-yogurt based dips, healthy fats like nuts and avocado-based dips and protein-rich cheese with whole grain crackers.

Lighten up your favorites. Holidays are a time of tradition and many families have favorite recipes they love to make. Challenge yourself to lighten up your favorite recipes with simple swaps like Greek-style yogurt for sour cream and butter, a combo of Light and regular cheese for fewer calories and adding whole grain flours to baked goods.

These simple tips can help everyone enjoy the holidays without derailing all the hard work they’ve put in so far this year!

Are you planning a holiday party of your own or need to bring an appetizer to a party? Try one of these healthy suggestions:

Veggies with Dilly Dip



Red Ribbon Cheddar Melts



Festive Cabot Cheddar Tree


Mini Pork Cheddar Meatballs with Guacamole


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