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Feed a crowd: healthier Christmas party food

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A mince pie and a glass of sherry might be enough for Santa, but when friends come round you want to make a bit more effort to share delicious food that looks good, tastes good and, unlike a lot of party food, actually does you good.

 

Christmas, and parties in general, are often situations in which you can find yourself eating and drinking more than you thought and nibbling on snacks throughout the event. If you’re not careful it can get out of control eventually, affecting your diabetes management.

 

But if you plan healthier and delicious food, you can relax and enjoy the party without worrying too much about what you’re eating – and you’ll know your guests are enjoying healthy food, too. 

Party recipes for you to try: 

These nibbles and canapes are perfect for any Christmas and New Year's Eve party. 

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Stuffed baby peppers 

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Spicy duck-topped poppadoms 

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Poached salmon blinis

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Spicy potato wedges with dips

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Stuffed celery bites 

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Spicy roasted chickpeas 

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Squid and prawn skewers

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Bacon, rosemary and corn mini muffins

Non-alcoholic drinks for you to try: 

Festive tipples all the family can enjoy.

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Mulled apple juice 

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Virgin mojito 

For the children...

If you have any children coming to the party, they'll love helping you make some of these quick and easy nibbles. They'll love eating them, too. 

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Homemade vegetable crisps

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Savoury popcorn

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Soda bread pizzetta

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Gingerbread decorations 

Top tip

If you find eating (and drinking) at parties and buffets hard to manage with your diabetes, read clincial psychologist Dr Jen Nash's article on the how to manage what she calls 'domino dates' – those parties where the food and drink just keeps on coming. Her useful tips will steady you through the festive season. 

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