Take it Outside: Healthy Eating and Entertaining for Summer

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We love to have summer parties in episode 103, we share our tips for healthy, summer entertaining that will thrill your guests while still getting them out of your house by 9:00 PM!

Let’s start with the prep work. Think about things that you want to have around for those last minute outdoor party needs:

  • Extra utensils

  • Paper plates

  • Extra beach towels if it’s a pool party

  • Sunscreen

  • To-go boxes

  • Spare hats

  • Bags of ice

  • Citronella candles or tiki torches

For a healthy grilled meal, here are some options:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breast or even bone-in chicken if you have plenty of time because it takes longer to cook

  • Pork tenderloin

  • Fish in foil packets

  • Shrimp kebabs

  • Veggie kebabs

  • Grilled fruit

  • Portabella mushrooms

For the keto person in your life try grilled burgers with cheese, avocado, and bacon or, a St. Louis staple, pork steaks which are steaks cut from the pork shoulder, paired with cauliflower “potato” salad. If you’re serving food outside, keep perishable dishes chilled by filling a large bowl with ice, and sprinkle it with kosher salt. Place the dish on top and it will stay colder for longer.

To make a side dish that works for everybody, grill veggie kebabs and have a higher fat sauce for keto such as Thai peanut sauce or pesto sauce.

Keep your outdoor party budget friendly with dishes like veggie packed pasta salad, grilled corn on the cob or Emily‘s kicked up corn, seasonal fresh fruit or grilled fruit for dessert. Stretch your meat budget by making your own kebabs with chicken or pork loin and tons of veggies. It’s much cheaper to make them yourself then to buy the premade ones at the store. Another budget friendly idea is to make a signature drink instead of offering a lot of different alcohols. You can make a really good light summer sangria for a huge group that taste great without spending a ton of money. Try this one from Minimalist Baker. Plan to have some games around like cornhole or frisbee. You can even host a healthy mocktail contest or healthy side dish so that everybody is bringing something to contribute and it’s fun because somebody’s going to go home a winner.

Something Emily does at parties is a build-your-own bar. An ice cream bar is super fun and great for summer. You could also try a build your own foil packet bar. You can ask us to bring different toppings like chopped bell pepper, onion chop potatoes, any kind of veggies, sauces, meat and foil. Then set up everything on the table with the foil cut up and people can build their own foil packets to throw on the grill. Have Sharpies to let people write their name on the package so they don’t get mixed up on the grill. If you’re willing to spend a little bit more and you’d rather be able to focus on socializing at the party you can also have things catered especially the main dish. For example call your favorite barbecue place an order enough meat for the party and then prepare the side dishes on your own. It will save you time and frustration when you’re trying to get everything together.

Let us know how your summer parties go! Tag us in your party photo @foodinsessionpodcast

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