, Agriculture Business Oice •
,Agricultural Experiment Station •
, Agriculture BusinessOice •
, Department o Family and Consumer Sciences •
, Oice o the Dean •
, Department o Familyand Consumer Sciences, University o Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service
Ideas for enjoyable and healthy foods at social events and other gatherings
Be kind toood planners:Their task is atough one!
“One idea workedwell when we wereserving box lunchesto a group who metrepeatedly over severalmonths. We orderedsandwiches, but weskipped the boringchips and providedthem with two smallsalads and a half-sizedfancy dessert in a smallcup. They raved!”- UW College of AgFood Planner
Challenges to being a food planner
• Groups are oten unpredictable in terms o what they like and want.• Audiences’ needs in terms o such things as allergies and religious preer-ences can widely vary. When appropriate, use a reply or registrationorm to ask about special dietary issues or requests.• Cost. Fresh ruits and vegetables can be expensive, but they arerereshing and nutrient rich.• Some ood providers are more exible and willing to try dierent options.• Look beyond your personal preerences.
Three quick keys to planning foods that are enjoyable and healthy:
Include items that are moder-ate or low in terms o at and sugar and,thereore, calories.•
Keep portion sizes reason-able.•
Timing is important:• Most o us don’t need extra calories atmid-morning or mid-aternoon.• Snacks make some people drowsy espe-cially in the aternoon.• Other people need a small pick-me-up inthe morning or aternoon.
Beverages can meet this need.
When serving a snack, try to keep it light – like fresh or dried fruit. Also, hard candy and gum can provide people with a littlesomething that helps maintain alertnesswithout being calorie laden.
Don’t overlook stretch breaks and other short physical activities that can help refresh people in ways that don’t involve eating.
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