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Seven Healthy Holiday Party Ideas

Seven Healthy Holiday Party Ideas

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Whether you are planning a holiday party for your friends and family or your office, you may be fresh out of Christmas party ideas this year. Not to worry! DocShop's Lifestyle guide has put together a list of our healthiest holiday party ideas for adults, teens, kids, and co-workers. Check out these Christmas party ideas so you can promote a healthy and happy holiday season.

1) Keep Healthy Hors d'oeuvres on Hand

I'm not saying you can't serve your famous spinach and artichoke dip that is filled with six different kinds of cheeses at your holiday party. But providing some healthy options provides those fitness-conscious guests with something to munch on and gives your other guests a chance to fill up on something other than the usual high-fat and sugary fare. Here are a few healthy options you can try at this year's Christmas party.

  • Raw veggies – Crisp slices of jicama, carrots, and celery, combined with broccoli and cauliflower florets make a refreshing appetizer choice any time of year.
  • Hummus dip – There are a variety of flavors available in stores, or you can make your own hummus dip. Try dipping raw crudités in the hummus or serve it with wedges of fresh whole wheat pita bread.
  • Fresh fruit – There are several fruits in season during the fall and in early winter. The most popular are apples, pears, oranges, and bananas. But you can also put out bowls of pomegranate seeds, cranberries, and grapes to add a little festive color to your appetizer spread.
  • Low-fat tortilla chips and salsa – Chips and dips are a tried and true party favorite. The problem is, most are high in fat and sodium. The healthiest choice for you to go with for your holiday party is fresh salsa with oven-toasted tortilla chips.
  • Caprese salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing – Simply toss romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and chunks of fresh mozzarella into your favorite salad bowl and drizzle a bit of balsamic vinaigrette on top.

2) Organize an Active Game

Organize a game of touch football, volleyball, basketball, ping pong, charades, or other active game during your party. Any activity that gives your guests a chance to get up, move around, and burn off some calories will do.

3) Buy Health-Conscious Presents

We've got some great Christmas gift ideas for teens and children – and our top picks work with every budget!

Expensive ($50 and Up)

  • Bike (mountain bikes, beach cruisers, kids bikes) (starts at $75)
  • Wave board (starts at $78)
  • Snowboard (starts at $50)
  • Surfboard (starts at $100)
  • Nintendo® Wii™ (starts at $200)

Moderate ($50 or Less)

  • Skateboard (starts at $30)
  • Dance Dance Revolution® PlayStation® game ($30)
  • Skates or roller blades (starts at $35)
  • Juicer or smoothie maker (starts at $30)

Deal! ($30 0r Less)

  • Yoga mat (starts at $10)
  • Pilates starter kit (starts at $20)
  • Balance/fitness ball (starts at $10)
  • Sharper Image® Laser Ball™ - A baseball that instantly calculates the speed of your pitches ($25)
  • Sports equipment– footballs, basketballs, baseball gloves and bats, T-ball sets, soccer balls, mini golf sets, and youth hockey sets can each be purchased for less than $30

4) Organize a Holiday Game or Performance for the Kids

Organizing a holiday game, obstacle course, or Christmas performance/talent show keeps the kids busy and tires them out. Here are a few options you can try:

  • Set up a three-stage Christmas-themed obstacle course outside, in the garage, or in the basement.
  • Have the kids play a series of active games for points – games like the three-legged race, red-rover, a relay race, etc.
  • Task the kids with putting on a Christmas talent show. Have them organize the time and setting of the performance, the order of acts, the program, and a few rehearsals so they have time to practice their routines.

5) Keep Plenty of Bottles of Water on Hand

Between all the activities, meals, and, possibly, the consumption of alcohol, your guests will need plenty of water to keep themselves hydrated. Don’t just remember to buy sodas, punch, and eggnog for your party – remember to get purified water for your guests as well.

6) Bake a Couple of Low-Calorie Desserts

Having a couple of low-calorie desserts ready to serve will help your guests satisfy their sweet tooth. Read our article on eating healthy this holiday season for a delicious cranberry sherbet recipe that is only 50 calories per serving!

7) Dance, Dance, Dance

Dancing is an all-time party favorite. Once you get your party started, turn on your best Christmas tunes and dance beats and encourage your guests to join the dance party!

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