How to create the perfect healthy party platter


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How to build a healthy entertaining platter.

If you spend any time on Insta chances are you would have noticed the growing interest in beautiful entertaining platters – not only are these platters choc full of tasty morsels but a visual feast for their eyes with their bright colours and amazing arrangements. Whilst tasting platers are beautiful to look at, they can also be packed full of fat and calories with dips, biscuits, chips and oily ingredients meaning that you can consume a whole lot of calories in a very short period of time. So if you love nothing more than designing an amazing food platter, here are the steps to take to get the right dietary balance.

1. Add bucket loads of vegetables

Forget packing your platter with biscuits and crackers, adding in chopped up celery, capsicum, carrots, baby cucumbers and tomatoes will not only add plenty of colour to your platter but low carb alternatives to high fat biscuits and chips. Much of the munching that goes on when grazing is mindless, which means we do not eat because we are hungry rather because food is in front of us. This means that lower calorie foods go a long way in keeping our total calories under control.

2. Seek out lighter crackers

While some flavoured chips and crackers can contain as much as 30% fat, extra thin crackers such as Waferthins are low calorie low carb options. Even better are the growing range of lower carb options such as the Olina’s Bakehouse range from Woolies which cost a little more but are much better options nutritionally. Grissini sticks too can work well, as can vegetable based chips.

3. Add nutrient rich proteins

Protein rich foods including Tassal smoked salmon, smoked oysters and prawns are rich sources of essential nutrients including iodine, zinc and omega 3 fats and are a great way to ensure that any snacking that does take place will also help to fill you up.

4. Check out the new style chips

There is a growing range of legume based chips and snacks that generally have a lower fat content that traditional corn chips and crisps but with a lot more protein and fibre. A couple of my favourites are the sugar snap peas from Harvest and the tasty roasted broadbeans and chic peas from The Happy Snack Food Company.

5. Be fussy with your dips

There are more and more dips available in supermarkets but be careful, just because they are made with vegetables does not mean that they are healthy. In fact, dips can have a fat content as high as 30-40% especially if they are based on nuts or cream cheese. Always check the fat content of your favourite dips and seek out ones with <10% total fat. Some of my favourites include Chris’s Egyptian Beetroot and any reduced fat hommus.

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