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4 Ways to Include Healthy Options on Your Catering Company Menu

We’ve barely cleaned up the New Year’s confetti, our list of resolutions is giving us the side-eye from a spot on the corner of our desk, and American Heart Month is just around the corner. Combine all those factors with the slight foodie guilt we’re still carrying following a holiday season filled with pecan pie and butter-basted turkey and it’s definitely time to start thinking about altering how we choose to chow down. Mindful meals don’t have to center on steamed kale and carob cookies. Here’s how you can include healthy options even when you’re indulging in an incredible catering company menu.

1. Lay Out a Good Foundation With Healthy Appetizers

Nutritionists often tell people to limit the impact of a heavy meal by filling up first on light, brothy soups and leafy green salads. That same concept can work at corporate catering events and enormous gala dinners when you offer appetizers and hors d’oeuvres that emphasize balance while still packing a huge flavor punch.

Some of our favorites include:

  • Caprese Skewers
  • Chilled Beef Kebabs with Mint Chimichurri
  • Char-Grilled Chicken Satay
  • Herbed Goat Cheese on Endive
  • Rustic Romano Bruschetta
  • Seasonal Vegetable Shooters
  • Shrimp Ceviche
  • Roasted Root Vegetable Skewers

2. Choose Dishes With Healthy Fats

Surprise! Fat is not the enemy we were all once led to believe it is. While sources of saturated and trans fats such as potato chips, crackers, French fries, cream sauces, butter, lard, sausage and ice cream should be consumed in limited amounts, foods that contain mono- and polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids are an important source of energy and contribute to ideal cellular function and maintenance of our skin, nerves and brain. You can get those good fats by eating olive oil, peanuts, avocado, some seafood like salmon and mackerel, and other nuts and seeds.

3. Don’t Forget the Drinks

Hidden calories have derailed more diets than we can shake a carrot stick at, and drinks are often the culprit. Just one 8-ounce glass of homemade lemonade has a little less than 150 calories and a whopping 38 grams of sugar. A 10-ounce frozen margarita tops out at around 550 calories thanks to a swirling (and yes, delicious) mix of liquor, sour mix and sugar. While both choices are good as an occasional treat, serving them alongside other options such as sparkling water with lemon and lime and several wine selections dials down the calorie count and minimizes sugar intake.

4. Talk to Your Catering Company About Alternative Dining Styles

Healthy eating is all about choices. With everything from high-fat/low-carb diets to vegan lifestyles to sugar-free preferences increasingly common these days, what works for one person might not be ideal for another. For that reason, a plated meal might not be your best bet. Instead, offer a buffet or several different boxed lunches so people can pick and choose what best suits their taste buds and nutritional requirements. Another fun alternative: make-your-own catering bars. Display a ton of base options and toppings for an oatmeal, fajita, baked potato, yogurt bowl or salad bar and hungry diners can customize their creations using as much or as little of every item as they want. In the end, you’ll have happier guests and less food waste too.

Impress your guests at your next meeting or high-profile function with healthy catering company menus from our amazing culinary team at Saint Germain. From our Italian-inspired Tuscan Trifecta to Chef Jeff’s grab-and-go granola bars, there are options to suit every theme, demographic, setting and dietary requirement.

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