Party season

A little forward planning and making the right food choices are important if you want to enjoy the festive season but still be able to get into your party outfit for New Years Eve. High fat nibbles and party food can be far too tempting for anyone watching their weight. It’s very easy to consume the equivalent of a full meal by nibbling on canapés.

If you’re going to a party straight after work, have a small snack like a bowl of cereal or a yogurt before you go, so you don’t arrive hungry. Studies show that the greater the choice of food on offer, the more calories we tend to consume. So rather than trying a little of everything, stick to a couple of smart choices (see table for healthy alternatives).

Party nibbles

Nibble kcal kJ fat (g) Healthier alternative kcal kJ fat (g)
Sausage on a stick 37 155 3.3 Cheese pineapple stick 25 105 1.7
Mini pastry tarlet 45 188 3.2 Mini filo tartlet 30 125 1.5
Breaded chicken bite 40 167 2.0 Marinated chicken bite 29 121 0.8
Salmon and cream cheese bite 30 125 2.5 Salmon sushi bite 28 117 Tr
Mini bhaji 64 268 2.8 Mini satay stick 34 142 1.6
Prawn toast 53 222 4.1 Prawn wanton 35 146 2.3
Handful of crisps 54 226 3.7 Handful of twiglets 38 160 1.2
Handful of salted peanuts 117 490 10 Handful of pretzels 46 192 0.3
2 cheese straws 100 418 6.4 One large breadstick 25 105 0.4
Serving of sherry trifle 318 1330 20

Serving of satsumas in brandy

150 628 Tr
Glass of bucks fizz 103 431 0 White wine spritzer 66 276 0
Glass of red wine 122 510 0 Glass of mulled wine (made with juice) 90 376 0
Measure of Irish Cream 162 678 6.0 Measure of advocaat 136 569 3.0
One marzipan fruit 51 123 1.7 One fruit jelly 39 163 0
Handful of macademia nuts 150 628 15.5 Handful of almonds 122 510 11
3 pieces of chocolate orange 136 582 7.9 3 sticks of chocolate covered orange peel 90 376 3.9
4 wrapped chocolates 160 669 8.0 4 dates 116 485 0
Mince pie 236 994 6.8 Mini mince pie 82 346 2.5
Sour cream and chive dip (2 tbsp) 110 460 11.3 Salsa (2 tbsp) 20 84 Tr
Cheese ball 65 272 4 Olive 5 21 0.5

 

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