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The Secret to Healthy AND Delicious Eating

We all like to keep healthy and fill our bodies with wholesome foods – and dining at an event should be no exception. Rather than breaking the healthy food rules when you organise your next function, let it be an opportunity to nourish your guests with healthy and delicious chef-designed cuisine.

  1. Keep it simple – fresh and unprocessed

It’s no secret that fresh foods are healthier for you. Richer in minerals and nutrients than processed foods, they are also higher in phytonutrients, the chemical in plants that helps to prevent and fight diseases. Conversely, highly processed foods are full of harmful trans-fats and laden with sugar. So keep the menu fresh and unprocessed. Opt for lean meats such as chicken, red meat and fish and add colour and flavour with fresh salads, steamed and roasted vegetables.

  1. No need for additives – reduce preservatives

There is no need to artificially enhance the flavours and colours in your foods when nature already does this for you. All the synthetic preservatives and chemical numbers present in today’s foods can be harmful to your health. Allow the fresh ingredients in your dishes to be the hero of the meal. Stocks should be made from fresh ingredients, salad dressings and sauces from real foods and flavour enhancers from herbs and spices. Not only will your body thank you, your taste buds will too.

  1. Include healthy fats and complex carbohydrates

While fat was once touted as enemy number one for a healthy lifestyle, doctors and dieticians are the first to advocate including “healthy fats” in your diet. Crucial for heart and brain health, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are high in nutrients, reduce inflammation and cardiovascular disease and benefit blood sugar levels. Minimise the saturated fats on your menu by reducing fatty and processed meats, or for milchig options, cheeses and creams. Focus on the healthy fats instead by including avocado, fresh salmon and humble seeds and nuts in salads and even encrusting proteins. Like fat, carbohydrates come in different forms too. Vital to brain health and for providing energy and fibre, ensure you serve healthy carbs such as wholegrain breads, rice, beans and starchy vegetables like corn and peas.

  1. Refined sugar free

You don’t need highly processed sugars to make a dessert delicious. Refined sugars, increasingly prominent in our diets, cause a sudden and steep rise in blood sugar levels, are completely devoid of nutritional worth. In fact, because of the demand they place on digestion, they actually drain the body of nutrients. On the other hand, natural sugars – including fructose in fruit and lactose in dairy products – have an important role to play in our diet by providing essential nutrients that help prevent disease. While still going through a refinement process, less processed sweeteners such as honey, maple and rice malt syrup are a better choice. With a lower glycemic index, the body metabolizes the sugars more evenly, avoiding a rapid blood sugar spike. As for the dessert at your next function, keep it fruit based with bowls of fresh berries, strawberry mousse, fresh lemon gelato and refined sugar-free apple crumble with maple and cinnamon. You also don’t need to shy away from the crowd favourite: chocolate. Just opt for dark chocolate that is naturally lower in sugar and full of antioxidants or get very cool with the current trend toward “guilt-free” raw desserts full of nuts, seeds and coconut products.

  1. Keep things in moderation

Remember: food is to be enjoyed and parties are to be celebrated. So a truly healthy and nourished life doesn’t mean you have to go to extremes. And yes, you can still serve dessert. It’s more about balance and moderation. But you may be surprised: there are often healthy options that are also irresistibly delicious.

To get started on planning your own healthy and delicious event today, give us a call at 03 9939 3323, or head to our contact page to send us a message.

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