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Workplace wellness tip: healthy holiday parties

shutterstock_165949163You work hard all year round to encourage healthy habits in your employees. Why blow it in the name of holiday cheer? Office Christmas parties can be a part of your wellness efforts, not their undoing. Here’s how:

Serve a rainbow
Hors d’oeuvre displays can be a feast for the eyes – not the hips – by choosing  colorful, nutrient-packed edibles such as raw fruits and vegetables, black bean salsa with blue corn chips, boiled shrimp with cocktail sauce or salmon fillets with whole-grain crackers. Think simple, natural recipes: if it’s drowning in fat or fillers, don’t serve it.

Shrink the sugar
Ok, so the holidays aren’t the holidays without a few sweets at the table. But be aware that party-goers are suckers for the power of suggestion. If you offer brownies as big as Santa’s sleigh, they will eat them. Likewise, bite-sized servings satisfy the sweet tooth without breaking the calorie bank. Offer a variety of desserts in mini cupcake papers for festive portion control.

Play reindeer games
Here’s a wild idea – focus on fun, not food. Hire a band so guests can dance the night away, or plan a competition with big prizes. Pictionary, a treasure hunt, a billiard tournament… it doesn’t matter what activity you choose. If it offers a chance to win an iPad or flat-screen TV, guests will play.

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