I found some great tips to help you have a safe, happy and healthy New Year's Eve celebration, whether you are heading out to "THE party of the year" or staying at home with family, friends or fido.
Healthier Foods to Serve (recipes can be found under "Sources" below)
Not sure what to serve your friends & family, or to make for yourself for a festive evening? Check out these ideas, and make sure you have a variety of non-alcoholic drinks on hand, too!
- Fruit tray with vanilla yogurt dip (sprinkle with cinnamon)
- Mini turkey meatballs
- Guacamole with baked corn tortillas or pita chips
- Hot artichoke dip
- Roast pork mini sandwiches
- Mini pizzas on whole wheat english muffins
- Cheese and cracker tray
To drink for toasting (contains alcohol):
- Mulled wine
- Pomegranate champagne punch
To make your evening memorable, make sure it is safe!
- As with every party, make sure alcohol is not the main focus...your party and socializing with friends and family are the main event! Entertain with music, great food and conversation, and provide a variety of alcohol AND non-alcoholic beverages.
- Offer plenty of nonalcoholic beverage choices (that are not just mixers!), including sparkling water, fancy juice drinks, soft drinks and bottled water.
- Provide guests with nutritious and appealing foods to slow the effects of alcohol. High protein and carbohydrate foods such as cheese and meats are great. Avoid salty foods, which encourage people to drink more. Protein stays in your stomach longer (due to digesting), and is the best choice to eat at parties.
- Stop serving drinks at least an hour before the end of the event. Instead, serve coffee, non-alcoholic beverages and desserts.
- Recruit people ahead of time who will not be drinking to help you make sure everyone has a safe ride home.
What are your best tips that you can share with others for a happy, safe and healthy New Year's Eve?
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