Healthy eating is all about replacing your unhealthy choices rather than ruling them out altogether. You can still enjoy tea and cakes over a morning meeting with a client or a ten a.m. brain-storming session. Replace the old bakery sticky buns and tea cakes with a fruit-bread or fruit-based pikelet: low-sugar banana bread and date loaf are other great alternatives. Fresh fruit- or vegetable-based muffins in different flavour varieties are perfect with a cup of coffee: wholemeal muffin options are a great source of dietary fibre. Similarly, wholemeal biscuits are a great alternative to the standard Arnott’s variety pack, particularly if they contain additional good fats like nuts, or natural sugars derived from fruit.
Steer clear of cakes, muffins, and biscuits will cream fillings or iced tops. Packaged foods not only contain high additives and preservatives, but also hidden sugars, fats, and salts. Hiring a caterer to prepare a healthy morning tea for you is a much better alternative to purchasing your ‘low-fat’ options at the supermarket: not only is your food fresh, but it’s free of all of the hidden surprises of packaged food.
Salads are the obvious option, but also a catering favourite. Talk to your caterer about incorporating fresh, seasonal produce into a series of sensational salads. Think colourful leafy greens like mixed lettuce, rocket, and spinach, as well as plump tomatoes, crisp carrots and cucumbers, mushrooms, capsicums, and snap-fresh snow peas. You can make any salad more exciting with seasonal summer touches like stone fruit, berries, or edible flowers.
A sandwich platter is another perfect way to incorporate goods carbohydrates, fibre from whole grains and nutrients from fresh vegetables into your daily diet. Whole-wheat or whole-grain breads or bread rolls are healthier alternatives to highly-processed white breads. You could also try rye bread or pita, plain focaccias or lavash bread. Talk to your caterer about what they can make or source fresh for you.
Replace deli ham or packaged salami with healthier, protein-rich alternatives like lean beef, lean roasted chicken or turkey breast, or boiled eggs. Tinned fish is another good alternative, so long as it is well drained and rinsed of oils or brine. You might be better to talk to your caterer about ordering fresh smoked salmon or grilled white fish. The best part about having your healthy lunch catered is that you can talk to your caterer about the cooking process to ensure that as little fat and oil is used to prepare your meals.
If you’re catering for vegetarian options, use ricotta or reduced-fat cheese as a sandwich filling. Raw vegetables are another great alternative: cram as much fresh salad as you dare onto your sandwiches!
Ditch salty supermarket spreads in preference to a homemade mayonnaise or relish. Avocado is a great spread alternative, as well as being high in good fats. You could also try cottage cheese or a poly- or mono-unsaturated margarine in place of butter.
Platters, Appetisers and Finger Food
Fruit platters are the perfect crowd pleaser! Include a wide selection of fresh, seasonal fruits for your Vitamins A and C, as well as some of your daily iron and potassium intake. Melons, citrus, apples, stone fruits, banana, pears, and berries are ideal for any fruit platter. If you’re tired of the classic office platter, why not have your caterer create fruit kebabs for you? You could even include sweet, reduced-fat yoghurt as a dipping sauce.
Fresh sliced vegetables are another fantastic raw food platter for the office. In the winter, you could ask your caterer to prepare a platter of vegetables still hot from the grill, or, again, vegetable kebabs. Tzatziki, hummus, vegetable-based salsas, cream cheese, or organic nut butter are great healthy sides for vegetable platters.
Cheese and cracker platters can be revamped to suit your dietary requirements as well. Replace fatty cheeses with ricotta, fetta, or other hard cheeses. Forget water crackers: include salt-reduced crisp breads or crackers, almond bread or a toasted lavash or pita bread. Nuts, are great source of healthy fats and protein, can be served roasted and unsalted: almonds, brazils nuts, pecans, and pistachios are your best options. Finish off your cheese platter with some dried fruit or some crisp grapes.
Finger food is just as simple to serve fresh, healthy, and delicious. Have your caterer make up platters of fresh sushi or rice paper rolls with loads of fresh vegetables, avocado, and smoked salmon or chicken breast. A low-fat, salt-reduced soy or sweet chilli sauce makes for a great dipping sauce.
Keep up the healthy tone of your function by including a series of diet-friendly beverages in your catering service. Plain, chilled water is an obvious option: lace it with fresh lemon or orange, or mint for an extra burst of flavour. Plain, decaffeinated coffee is the perfect alternative to your morning jumbo latte with three sugars. Green or white teas are rich sources of antioxidants, while herbal teas come in wide ranges of flavour. You could even have your caterer create a series of fresh fruit and vegetables juices, incorporating current health trends like spirulina or goji berries.
Your caterer will be able to advise yon on the best ways to make your corporate catering health-conscious and tongue-tantalising. Talk to your experienced Sunshine Coast catering service today for diet-friendly inspiration!
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