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Healthy entertaining made easy!

Healthy entertaining made easy!

Your guide for putting together healthy nibbles and delicious platters…

I really enjoy sharing food with others and a delicious platter is the epitome of that, I reckon. The problem is that many of the foods you commonly find on a snacking platter are really not that healthy: high saturated-fat dips, creamy cheeses, salty crackers, white bread and fatty meats. Then there are those more ‘bar-style’ platters with deep-fried everything: chips, crumbed fish bites, chicken wings and so on.

Most people don’t realise that if they share a platter in a bar before dinner, it is possible to eat more kilojoules/calories and fat than you need for not just one, but possibly two of your complete meals! Here is an example:

  • 6 Sesameal crackers (over 30 per cent fat each) with slices of brie on top
  • 4 slices of salami
  • 2 cocktail sausages
  • a handful of chips with Kiwi dip
  • Total = 4540 kilojoules (1135 calories) and 84g fat (that is 21 teaspoons worth!)

It can be a real trap, particularly if you are a really social person, and all through summer this seems to be happening every second day! Below are some ideas of what you can put on your ‘healthier platter’:

Veges

  • cherry tomatoes
  • snow peas
  • carrots
  • celery
  • raw or blanched and cooled broccoli and cauliflower florets
  • capsicum
  • courgette sticks

Fruit

  • bunch of grapes
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • wedges of orange and/or kiwifruit

Healthy protein

  • cold, lean sliced meat
  • smoked salmon
  • shredded chicken chunks
  • chicken kebabs
  • lean meatballs with tomato chutney
  • micro-mini frittatas
  • dips based on pulses or yoghurt – see recipes here

Healthy fats

  • raw nuts and seeds
  • olives

Extras

  • gherkins
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • edamame beans

For more great ideas for eating well and feeling fabulous, get yourself a copy of my book, Lose Weight for Life.

Love, Claire x

Claire Turnbull, BSc (Hons) Dietetics UK, NZ-registered nutritionistManaging director of Mission Nutrition, and Healthy Food Guide nutritionist.

First published: Sep 2014

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