It is common knowledge that the best part of making memories is to share them with people who mean to you. In many ways, you can host a party and invite over family and friends and do meaningful activities that will knit the group more tightly together. Time spent with others creates an atmosphere that is warm, relaxed, and friendly which is beneficial for everyone’s well being.
While planning a party can be a lot of work having the fact that decisions about the theme, date, place, and budget should be set ahead of time, it can be an opportune moment to have good food and good conversation. The question is, how can you strike a healthy balance for healthy eating during a party?
One might argue that fun and healthy cannot go together but with this simple idea, you can easily prepare a healthy snack especially if you’re on a budget – give out healthy energy bars! As a bonus, you can pack them as party favors that your guests will surely love.
Snacking made healthier
Who doesn’t love a good gathering with plentiful food on the table? While it can be hard to stick to a healthy diet when at a party, it’s nice to know that there are alternative snacks that are shareable and easy to prepare without the compromise of flavor. When deciding on what to snack on, remember healthy energy bars are your go-to buddy. This delicious treat is made from ingredients like oats, nuts, seeds, honey, dried fruits, peanut butter, and coconut. Not to mention these ingredients can be beneficial to any diet. Particularly, oats are a great source of fiber called beta-glucan which is known to help lower levels of bad cholesterol. At the same time, dried fruits, nuts, and seeds provide dietary fiber and potassium which is good for blood pressure control.
The nutritional value of healthy energy bars may vary depending on the ingredients used. Though many varieties of energy bars are packed with sugar there are also healthier options as well. When buying, it is important to check the ingredient label and choose products made from natural foods such as fruits and grains. Alternatively, you can opt to make your healthy bar at home. There are bountiful healthy snack bar recipes you can try that are simple to make. Feel free to add your mix-ins of choice to suit your taste.
One best advantage of healthy bars is their convenience to prepare. Once you have all your ingredients ready, all you have to do is combine, have the mixture microwaved or oven-baked, set it on a pan, cut, and serve. There are no-bake granola bar recipes you can try such as oatmeal peanut butter bars, chocolate chip brownie, and cranberry walnut bars to name a few. Also, all these healthy bars can be made gluten and dairy-free so they are an excellent snack option if you have or are expecting guests with food allergies.
If you are celebrating a special occasion such as an engagement party and have been thinking of a party favor to give your guest, you can prepare a box of an assorted healthy bar. It is a convenient option especially if your guests are traveling. Unlike other meals that would most likely spoil and wouldn’t last long, healthy bars have a reasonably long shelf life if stored properly. Don’t forget to add a handwritten thank you note on the party favors to add a personal touch. Not only is it convenient but it is also budget-friendly. You don’t need to spend as much money as you would on an engagement ring just to serve your guests a memorable gift.
Quick boost of energy
Healthy bars may have been popularized by hikers, bikers, and campers as one of their must-have snacks during a trip. That’s because these healthy bars can be eaten on the go plus it is packed with nutrients that give a quick energy boost when needed.
At a party, you and your guests can munch on one of these bars to keep you full in between meals. One of the best things about eating this healthy snack is that it is light yet filling. It can reduce overeating in between meals and can also serve as a great dessert option to satisfy sweet cravings while avoiding a sudden spike in blood sugar. There are energy bars that come in indulgent flavors such as chocolate and peanut butter. It is low in cholesterol and sodium which greatly contributes to weight gain meaning if one lost count on how much they have eaten an energy bar, feel free to remind them that it is guilt-free food.
A well-made healthy bar will give the energy needed to get through the occasion without having to suffer the emptiness of the stomach.